6abc: Officials, parents across the tri-state area debate mask mandates for students this fall

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — The debate of whether or not to mandate masks for students and staff as they return to school is heating up.

By the numbers, when it comes to school-aged children not eligible for the vaccine, cases rose dramatically last month in the region.

State Senator Art Haywood, who sits on the state’s bi-partisan COVID task force, said this particular portion of his district is showing favorable numbers as far as the number of people receiving vaccines, but the rest of his district and needs to catch up.

Health officials continue to say the best way to fight COVID-19 and return the country to normalcy is to get everyone vaccinated.