Bethlehem School District says it is finalizing plans to return students to classes

Written by on July 16, 2020

 Bethlehem School District says it is finalizing plans to return students to classes

By Tyler Pratt

July 16, 2020

Screenshot of Dr. Joseph Roy giving an update on the Bethlehem Area School District’s plan to reopen schools this fall. Photo from Facebook video update, July 14, 2020.

Schools across the country are grappling with ways for fall classes to begin. As WLVR’s Tyler Pratt reports, Lehigh Valley schools say they are working on finalizing plans and asking the public for input. 

Allentown School District is asking families to fill out a pair of online surveys to assess the needs of students going back into the school year. Superintendent Thomas Parker said this week, one is an “opt-in form” for families to choose a cyber option for the first quarter of the  school year.

“For those parents who would desire to  have students in a virtual learning environment for next school year, we’re asking you to fill out a form on our website as we are developing our virtual campus,” said Parker.

Bethlehem Area School District Superintendent Joseph Roy says he anticipates a hybrid model for the fall – online learning and some in person classes. He says the district is collaborating with local health agencies on a plan and expects to release more details later this month.

Governor Tom Wolf said this week that if coronavirus metrics worsen in the state he may close all in-person classes completely. 

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