Harrisburg — The Department of Education (PDE) announced today all schools in the commonwealth will remain closed through at least April 6 as a result of the COVID-19 response efforts, according to Senate Appropriations Chairman Pat Browne.
The closure order could be extended beyond April 6 if necessary to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19, according to PDE.
“During this public health crisis, the safety of our children needs to be one of our top priorities,” Browne said. “The state continues to take aggressive and comprehensive action to ensure the protection of Pennsylvanian citizens, with the hopes of avoiding prolonged disruption to everyday life.”
Under the new timeline, school buildings would reopen on April 7 for two days to allow school administrators, teachers and other staff time to prepare classrooms, set up cafeterias, schedule transportation and arrange other business operations. Students would return to school on April 9, unless extending the closure is needed in response to the situation with the virus at that time.
The state’s 29 intermediate units will be available to provide technical assistance to help develop continuity of education plans for all students beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, March 24.
Additionally, PDE is cancelling standardized testing for students in career and technical education (CTE) programs for the 2019-20 school year. These include exams from the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) and National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS).
CONTACT: Matt Szuchyt- 610-821-846, MSzuchyt@pasen.gov