PERKIOMEN VALLEY, PA — High school students in Perkiomen Valley staged a brief, 30-minute walkout on Wednesday to protest a reinstated mask mandate in the school district, a decision that came out of litigation filed against the district concerning a school board vote to make face masks optional.
The group of high schoolers were shown in aerial footage by Channel 6 ABC Action News as they walked out of their school building to protest the reinstated mask mandate.
Optional masking was originally set to begin on Jan. 24, but the district reversed course after a federal judge in Philadelphia ordered the mask mandate reinstated.
A class of plaintiffs is currently suing the district over the mask-optional school board vote from December. The claim is that optional masking puts students with special needs and disabilities in danger of contracting COVID-19 due to the lax protection.
On Wednesday, Patch reported on the judge's order granting a temporary restraining order against the defendants, which include the school district and individual school board members.
The decision means that all students and staff will once again have to wear masks as the litigation plays out. The judge said she issued her ruling due to the fact that the plaintiffs may likely succeed on the merits of the case.
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