There were three marathon school board meetings held last night in the Cornwall-Lebanon, Lebanon City, and Annville-Cleona School Districts, and Governor Tom Wolf’s mask mandate was at the center of them all.
Groups of parents waited patiently as the boards dealt with their regular agenda items, which included back to school updates, reviews of finances and construction projects, and other routine business.
Both Annville-Cleona and Cornwall-Lebanon School Boards had their solicitors attend the meetings and give a legal analysis of the mask mandate, which took effect September 7th across Pennsylvania.
Cornwall-Lebanon solicitor Colleen Gallo explained the legal reasons why the district must abide by the mandate:
At the Annville-Cleona School Board Meeting, President Cynthia Eby shared a letter that another school district received from the State Department of Education:
Five residents spoke up during Monday’s Lebanon School Board Meeting, asking the city school board to reject the Governor’s mask mandate. One of the speakers even alleged that board members were similar to German soldiers during World War II, who blindly followed Nazi orders without ever questioning them.
Additional comments Monday night:
Cornwall-Lebanon parent Amber C. Schultz questioned District Solicitor Colleen Gallo over the Governor’s use of the Disease Preventative Control Act of 1955, which is the basis for the mask mandate:
Annville-Cleona parent Danielle Daub pleaded with the school board to reject Governor Wolf’s mask mandate, which went into effect last Tuesday:
Cornwall-Lebanon Solicitor Colleen Gallo recommended the school board follow the Governor’s mandate and not risk any undue legal exposure: