Pennsylvania Governor Orders Schools To Shut Down In Attempt To Contain Virus

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HARRISBURG, Pa. – In the midst of the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, the governor of Pennsylvania has ordered schools across the state to close in an attempt to stop the spread of the virus.

Starting Monday, all grades K-12 will close. The administration came to the decision after working with school districts, as well as state and local officials.

In a statement Gov. Tom Wolf said, “We understand that these are trying times and recognize the impact of the coronavirus on our students and communities. First and foremost, my top priority as governor – and that of our education leaders – must be to ensure the health and safety of our students and school communities.”

Wold goes on to say, “Be aware that no school district will be penalized if it fails to meet the 180 day or school hours requirements. The Department of Education will work with intermediate units and other stakeholders to support school districts with any continuity of learning plans they may be pursuing.”

The Wolf administration will decide whether the closure should continue at the end of the two week period.


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