Philly, Camden schools to temporarily return to mandatory masking

The mask mandates follow rising COVID, flu, and RSV cases across the Delaware Valley.

Students wearing masks

Students wearing masks at Camden High School in Camden, N.J., Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

This story originally appeared on 6abc.

When students and teachers at two area school districts return to class this week, they will be required to wear masks.

The School District of Philadelphia will require face coverings from Jan. 3 through Jan. 13.

The district says it is mandating masks as a way of protecting students and employees after holiday gatherings.

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School officials said this move is being made to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses and to maintain in-person learning.

The Camden City School District will also require masks.

Masks will be required in Camden schools from Jan. 3 through Jan. 17.

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