Wolf Administration announces changes to K-12 school guidance

Written by on March 31, 2021

Wolf Administration announces changes to K-12 school guidance

By Chloe Nouvelle

March 31, 2021

Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash

COVID-related school closures are fairly routine these days in Pennsylvania. But on March 30, state officials announced new guidelines on how they should happen for K-12 schools. 

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The Wolf administration announced it’s changing the amount of time schools need to be closed after COVID case counts force them to shut their doors.

Now K-12 schools will only need to close for 1-5 days, depending on the number of cases at the site. That’s down from 3-14 days. 

Matt Stem, deputy secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Education, says students’ health is still the most important issue.

“Ensuring student success and wellbeing is the highest priority for the Department of Education and for our schools throughout the commonwealth,” Stem says. 

The closings are still long enough, says Dr. Wendy Braund, COVID-19 response director for the Pennsylvania Department of Health

“These closures, while of a shorter time frame, still allow for necessary cleaning and for public health staff to direct close contacts into quarantining,” Braund says. 

But the number of cases that would require a building to close will basically remain the same. 

The health department also released mostly unchanged guidance for summer camps. They’ll be allowed to operate at 75% capacity and masks will be required for everyone over the age of 2.

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