BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS SEPTEMBER 15, 2021

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT PASSED AN EXEMPTION TO THE MASK ORDER

While in South Williamsport, the school board passed a motion that will allow parents to sign off on an exemption from the Department of Health’s mask-wearing order during a crowded public meeting  this week.  The motion removes the requirement of exemptions to have a doctor’s signature, a measure many parents in the South Williamsport  School District took issue with.

CIVIL RIGHTS LAWSUIT IN FEDERAL COURT BY MONTOURSVILLE AREA PARENTS

Meanwhile, fourteen parents of students at Montoursville Area School District filed a civil rights lawsuit this week in Federal Court to over turn a state-ordered mask mandate.  The parents are challenging the school over a requirement that all students, staff and visitors wear masks on buses and in school buildings.  The main issue by the parents was that a mandate was initiated without notice to the public, or prior notice to members of the school board.

REMOTE LEARNING TODAY FOR JACKSON PRIMARY AND LYCOMING INTERMEDIATE SCHOOLS 

Two city schools to go remote today.  Jackson Primary and Lycoming Intermediate Schools will shift to remote learning today and Thursday due to, ” The continued rise of active COVID cases and the high volume of student quarantines.”  This according to an announcement on the Williamsport Area School District’s Facebook page.  In person learning will resume Monday, September 20th. All other schools in the district will operate as normal.

MUNCY SCHOOL BOARD PASSES VOTE TO ALLOW PARENTS TO CHOOSE

Meanwhile, the Muncy School Board voted 6 to 3 to allow parents to choose if their child needs to wear a mask while attended schools in the Muncy School District.  With that vote, a parent of a child under 18 years of age could sign the exemption form, while a student over 18 could sign their own form.

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT NOT TO ENFORCE MASK MANDATE

South Williamsport  Borough Police Department will not enforcement Governor Tom Wolf’s recent mandate requiring  students, staff and visitors to wear masks in school.  Steven Cappaelli, Borough Manager and Public
Safety Director, told Borough Council this week that Borough Police will respond to school emergencies and calls placed by the District, but will not enforce the state mandate.

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