Pennsylvania releases guidelines for reopening K-12 schools in the fall

Written by on July 17, 2020

Pennsylvania releases guidelines for reopening K-12 schools in the fall

By Sarah Schneider, WESA

July 17, 2020

Photo | Sarah Schneider / WESA

Pennsylvania’s health and education secretaries say a school hybrid model with both in-person and online learning is the safest approach for reopening K through 12 schools in the fall. WESA’s Sarah Schneider reports that new guidance was issued today.

Both secretaries say they want students to learn in-person for a variety of reasons. It’s more effective, it’s better for mental health and for students with disabilities. Though, doing that full time isn’t the safest option, according to Education Secretary Pedro Rivera. He says a hybrid model is best, but ultimately decisions will be made locally.

“Every community is different. I mean when you look at rural more remote communities, urban communities, at the end of the day what school leaders have to do is take all of the data, the research and the facts that we’ve made available to them and then make the decisions that best represent the needs,” said Rivera.

Masks must be worn at all times in buildings. Schools are strongly encouraged to follow social distancing with 6 feet of distance. Districts, charters and private schools are required to create health and safety plans and post them online. 

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