‘The right direction’: Bethlehem schools eye an end to district mask mandate

Written by on February 9, 2022

‘The right direction’: Bethlehem schools eye an end to district mask mandate

By Hayden Mitman
February 9, 2022

New COVID-19 cases are falling in the Lehigh Valley as they are across the state.

And now, Bethlehem school officials are considering lifting the mask mandate for students and staff. 

Joseph Roy, superintendent of the Bethlehem Area School District, said he thinks the district’s mask mandate could be lifted in March. 

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“Things are changing in the right direction and these reduced numbers – both locally here and in the region – have our health experts and medical experts rethinking the need for mandatory masking,” he said.

“We are definitely moving in the right direction. Attendance for students has improved. We have fewer students out sick or quarantining. Same for facility and staff. ”   

Roy said the district is working with the Bethlehem Health Bureau to determine next steps.

“I think there’s a growing consensus that we are near the point we can move away from mandatory masking,” he said. 

Roy said he will present a plan and a potential timeline to the school board at its committee meeting Monday, Feb. 14.

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