Gov. Wolf Announces All Pennsylvania Schools Closed For Rest Of School Year


COMMONWEALTH MEDIA SERVICES / COMMONWEALTH MEDIA SERVICES: NATALIE KOLB

Governor Wolf is set to announce on Thursday that all Pennsylvania schools will be closed for the rest of this academic year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Part of a message that was posted on the Pennsylvania Department of Education website:

“Under Governor Wolf’s directive, all schools in Pennsylvania are closed until the end of their academic year. This includes: public K-12 schools, brick and mortar and cyber charter schools, private and parochial schools, career and technical centers (CTCs), intermediate units (IUs); and childcare centers operating within any of the aforementioned; educational programming for students in non-educational placements such as residential settings (boarding schools), residential facilities, detention centers, and hospital settings; PA Pre-K Counts, Head Start Programs and Preschool Early Intervention programs/services; and Private Academic Nursery Schools and locally funded prekindergarten activities. Additionally, postsecondary institutions have suspended in-person instruction and non-essential services.”

A statement from the Governor’s office said in part:

“’We must continue our efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus during this national crisis,’” Governor 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.’”

“Today’s decision 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. All Department of Education early learning program classrooms, including those for Pre-K Counts, Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program (HSSAP) and Preschool Early Intervention, will also remain closed.”

Thomas McDonald
April 9th, 2020

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