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Gov. Tom Wolf extends school closure to the end of the school year

Gov. Tom Wolf has ordered all Pennsylvania schools are to remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year.

The order applies to all public K-12 schools, brick and mortar and cyber charter schools, private and parochial schools, career and technical centers and intermediate units.

“We must continue our efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus during this national crisis,” Wolf said. “This was not an easy decision, but closing schools until the end of the academic year is in the best interest of our students, school employees and families.”

Colleges and universities do not apply to the order and can resume in-person instruction once the governor lifts the closure of non-life-sustaining businesses.

Schools are encouraged to continue teaching their students through online means, and students and families can continue to pick up school meals at designated sites.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education also announced that it has adjusted requirements for the evaluation of professional employees and waived student teaching requirements that may not be possible in the context of school closures.

“By taking these actions, the department is providing flexibility in the near term, while signaling that core functions of public education can and will continue,” said Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera.

The state has yet to announce any plans for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Ioannis Pashakis
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