School Officials Call on State to Provide Reopening Guidelines

Written by on August 11, 2020

School Officials Call on State to Provide Reopening Guidelines

By K.C. Lopez

August 11, 2020

Photo | Chloe Nouvelle / WLVR

Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts have the green light to resume in-person classes after they provide the state with a plan approved by their school board.

And as WLVR’s K.C. Lopez reports, under pressure to give schools more concrete recommendations on how to safely reopen, the Wolf administration is offering a new metric to guide that process. 

The countdown for back to school has begun. But school boards and superintendents across Pennsylvania say guidance from the state on how to safely reopen is too vague.

Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators Mark DiRocco says educators are being asked to make public health decisions without adequate training or expertise.

“The clock is running out on us. We only have three more weeks before schools reopen. Consequently, they’re at the point where they have to make some decisions; are we going to bring the students and the staff in, are we going to bring everyone in and try to do the best we can with restrictions and protocols in place, social distancing, wearing masks and so forth?”

The Department of Health said Monday it plans to offer more guidance and will provide each county with its seven-day rate of transmission. Those rates will then be grouped into three categories: low, moderate and substantial. 

State officials said schools should consider changing instructional models only after looking at the past two weeks of transmission.

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