Pennsylvania Schools consider plans for reopening in the fall

Written by on July 21, 2020

Pennsylvania Schools consider plans for reopening in the fall

By Brittany Sweeney

July 21, 2020

Photo | Brittany Sweeney / WLVR

New guidelines from the Pennsylvania Department of Health help inform what school will look like this fall. They include face coverings, hand hygiene and disinfection.

WLVR’s Brittany Sweeney gathered these reactions about returning to the classroom.

Robin Pugh hopes her children will go back to in-person learning this fall.

The Stroudsburg mom of four says while online learning has been successful for some of her kids – the others have struggled.

“It was definitely just an incredible change to everything that we knew, you know, prior.”

The decision is not so cut and dried for Macungie mom Tamara Williams when it comes to sending her 2nd and 5th graders back to their classrooms in the Parkland School District.

“It’s a very mixed kind of feeling because my kids have underlying conditions like allergies and asthma.” 

Dr. Tibisay Villalobos of Lehigh Valley Health Network is a Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist.

With protocols like smaller class-size and one-way hallways, she says children should return to school.

Dr. Villalobos adds cases of coronavirus in children in the Lehigh Valley have been low.

“The number of children that have been affected by coronavirus in our region is really, really small.”

As for wearing a mask, the doctor says to start practicing with your child at home now.

Many school districts have not yet announced if their students will do in-person or virtual learning this fall. 

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