Governor Wolf’s health department demands face masks for schools and daycares


On today’s schedule: the state health ministry has announced an order for masks for people in schools and daycares that will go into effect next Tuesday; Jewish Family and Community Services helps Afghan refugees settle into their new homes; and we answer the question, why do songs get stuck in our heads?

A decree from the Secretary of State for Health calls for universal masking in schools
(0h00 – 8:08)

Governor Tom Wolf, along with Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam, announced yesterday that masks will be required in K-12 schools and daycares. This ordinance will come into force next Tuesday.

“First of all, he says he wanted to give school districts a chance to do the right thing in his opinion, but he says most of the state’s 500 school districts have made masking optional,” says Michael rubinkam, northeastern Pennsylvania correspondent for the Associated Press.

Rubinkam says Wolf also asked the Republican-controlled general assembly to mandate the masks, but he does not haveSo Wolf went ahead with an order from the Department of Health.

“They say their goal is to keep the kids in class, they don’t want the kids to learn virtually this year… and masking, for now, is one of the best ways to make sure that can happen. produce, ”says Rubinkam.

The the order covers public, charter, private, parish, vocational and technical schools, and childcare services. There is no end date for the order, but Wolf said at a press conference yesterday that the policy would be reassessed in a month.

Wolf clarified at a press conference yesterday that the ordinance is not a declaration of emergency, which would now be limited due to a constitutional referendum. It comes from the Secretary of Health and is licensed under the Disease Prevention and Control Act 1955, which provides for the prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases, including venereal diseases.

The ordinance describes some exceptions where masks are not required, such as when playing sports, eating or playing an instrument, or when someone is working alone without in-person interaction.

Jewish Family and Community Services resettle Afghan refugees in Pittsburgh
(8:16 – 17:36)

Last Friday, the State Department recommended Pittsburgh and 18 other U.S. cities as resettlement locations for Afghans fleeing their country.

The department allows Afghans who received special immigrant visas because they worked with US forces during the 20 Years War to select one of these cities.

“In this month of August, we have helped three families”, says Ivonne Smith Tapia, Director of Refugee and Immigrant Services at Jewish Family and Community Services (JFCS). “We suspect that in the coming fiscal year, around 200 families [will come to Pittsburgh]. “

According to the State Department, Pittsburgh and other cities are places with a reasonable cost of living, availability of housing, support services and welcoming communities with volunteers and resources.

Pittsburgh is already home to hundreds of Afghan immigrants, and Smith-Tapia says they have been extremely supportive of the resettlement of the newcomers.

“Last night we hosted a family and it was with hours of notice, so we quickly called the community members to help us prepare a hot meal for the family,” says Smith-Tapia.

Why do songs get stuck in our heads?
(5:49 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.)

The Confluence asked families questions – those really good questions that a child in your life might have that leaves you confused.

As part of the good 90.5 WESA question, Kid! Series, Eric Yttri, assistant professor of biological sciences and neuroscientist at Carnegie Mellon University, explains why songs get stuck in our heads.

If a child in your life has a good question, you can fill out our form or send it to [email protected].

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