BUCKS COUNTY, Pa. (CBS) — Several local school districts have ended their mask mandates on Monday. Many of those districts are in Bucks County.
Eyewitness News has confirmed that Bensalem, Central Bucks, Neshaminy, and Pennridge school districts have made masks now optional for students and staff.Website To Order Free COVID-19 Tests Up And Running
“If he feels comfortable having the mask on, he will have it on,” Lucas’ mother said. “I mean, he’ll probably pull it down at some point.”
Lucas attends Samuel K. Faust Elementary School in the Bensalem Township School District.
“I don’t like it,” Lucas said about the mask.
He added that if he had his choice, he wouldn’t wear the mask.
School districts in Pennsylvania can now make the mask optional.
The superintendent of the Bensalem Township School District notified parents over the weekend that due to the recent state supreme court ruling the mask mandate in schools has been lifted.
But for Jared Gonzalez, his mother wants him to keep the mask on for his safety.READ MORE: NBA At 75: Former 76er Dr. J Says Players From Many Eras Built League
“We have to keep our mask on,” Gonzalez said.
In the letter sent to families, the district says the mask mandate will continue to be enforced on school buses.
Stacey Pachuki, whose kids go to School Lane Charter in Bensalem, where the kids are still required to mask up, would like to see that change.
“I just want some normalcy back for the kids, so they can see their friends’ faces,” Pachuki said.
At Samuel Faust, if Lucas chooses to remove his mask during class, his mother says he knows what to do.
“To still wash his hands, constantly disinfect them, I think he has two or 3 hand sanitizers in his backpack,” she said.
As of Monday, the Philadelphia School District says their mask mandate is still in effect for schools and daycares as they take their lead from the city’s health department.MORE NEWS: Sharon Hill Police Officers Charged With Manslaughter In Fatal Shooting Of 8-Year-Old Fanta Bility
CBS3’s Wakisha Bailey contributed to this report.