Pa. education secretary to provide update on reopening schools

Pennsylvania Education Secretary Pedro Rivera is providing an update on Pennsylvania’s plan to reopen schools. Watch the update LIVE in the video player above. The Pennsylvania Department of Education released preliminary guidance for the reopening of schools on Wednesday and said it expects students to return to classrooms in some capacity for the 2020-2021 school year. Click here to read the preliminary guidance for phased reopening of Pre-K to 12 schools in Pennsylvania. Click here to read the preliminary reopening guidance for post-secondary and adult education. The guidance issued by the department says school boards in the green and yellow phases under the stoplight-colored reopening system must first adopt health and safety procedures that meet federal and state guidelines.The more than 300 colleges and other post-secondary institutions can restart on Friday if they have a plan to keep students and teachers safe, the agency announced.Schools will have to identify a pandemic coordinator, ensure those at higher risk of infection are protected, monitor for symptoms, limit large gatherings, issue hygiene guidelines and address cleaning, face masks, social distancing.The requirements do not apply to private schools, although officials are encouraging them to follow suit.Colleges, universities, trade schools and other post-secondary institutions in the yellow or green zones can restart in-person instruction. The Education Department said those institutions must adhere to social-distancing guidelines and the federal and state standards for testing, as well as to mitigate and contain the spread of infection.The recommendations for colleges and similar institutions include a phased return to campus, as well as earlier start and finish dates for the academic year.On Friday, Gov. Tom Wolf said the commonwealth intends to reopen schools in the fall.Schools closed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are going to be opening schools,” said Governor Wolf. “Whether it’s August or September, that’s going to depend on the local school district.”However, Governor Wolf cautioned schools will look different. “You’ll probably have more online learning and maybe less classroom learning,” said Gov. Wolf. “There might be fewer students in each classroom on average. That kind of thing. It probably will look different.”Gov. Wolf said the state department of education was working on guidelines to be released this week. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Pennsylvania Education Secretary Pedro Rivera is providing an update on Pennsylvania’s plan to reopen schools.

Watch the update LIVE in the video player above.

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The Pennsylvania Department of Education released preliminary guidance for the reopening of schools on Wednesday and said it expects students to return to classrooms in some capacity for the 2020-2021 school year.

Click here to read the preliminary guidance for phased reopening of Pre-K to 12 schools in Pennsylvania.

Click here to read the preliminary reopening guidance for post-secondary and adult education.

The guidance issued by the department says school boards in the green and yellow phases under the stoplight-colored reopening system must first adopt health and safety procedures that meet federal and state guidelines.

The more than 300 colleges and other post-secondary institutions can restart on Friday if they have a plan to keep students and teachers safe, the agency announced.

Schools will have to identify a pandemic coordinator, ensure those at higher risk of infection are protected, monitor for symptoms, limit large gatherings, issue hygiene guidelines and address cleaning, face masks, social distancing.

The requirements do not apply to private schools, although officials are encouraging them to follow suit.

Colleges, universities, trade schools and other post-secondary institutions in the yellow or green zones can restart in-person instruction. The Education Department said those institutions must adhere to social-distancing guidelines and the federal and state standards for testing, as well as to mitigate and contain the spread of infection.

The recommendations for colleges and similar institutions include a phased return to campus, as well as earlier start and finish dates for the academic year.

On Friday, Gov. Tom Wolf said the commonwealth intends to reopen schools in the fall.

Schools closed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are going to be opening schools,” said Governor Wolf. “Whether it’s August or September, that’s going to depend on the local school district.”

However, Governor Wolf cautioned schools will look different.

“You’ll probably have more online learning and maybe less classroom learning,” said Gov. Wolf. “There might be fewer students in each classroom on average. That kind of thing. It probably will look different.”

Gov. Wolf said the state department of education was working on guidelines to be released this week.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.