Young students might return to class in person soon

Written by on January 8, 2021

Young students might return to class in person soon

By Hayden Mitman

January 8, 2020

Elementary schools in Pennsylvania could re-open at the end of this month, even as the coronavirus pandemic rages on. 

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Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine says elementary schools throughout the state could soon resume in-person learning.

“Research suggests that people 18 and under have a lower risk of severe outcomes, this includes a lower rate of hospitalization and death due to COVID-19 infection. Children younger than 10 to 14 years of age, do have a lower chance of COVID-19 infection than adults,” Levine says.  

Levine was joined at a press conference Jan. 7  by Acting Secretary of Education, Noe Ortega who says students will benefit from in-person classes.

“We know that educators and families recognize that students benefit from being in the classroom and research has told us that this is especially true with our youngest learners, ” Ortega says. 

Officials said elementary schools will be permitted to open at the start of the second semester, which typically begins on Jan 25th. 

The nation has recently seen it’s most deadly day due to the virus. In Pennsylvania, COVID-19 infections among children under the age of 18 have quadrupled since October.

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