All Schools In Pennsylvania To Close For At Least Two Weeks

Gov. Wolf made the announcement Friday

Andrew Limberg
March 13, 2020 - 3:14 pm
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HARRISBURG (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Governor Wolf has announced that all K-12 schools in Pennsylvania will be closed for at least two weeks beginning March 16.

“We understand that these are trying times and recognize the impact of the coronavirus on our students and communities," Wolf said in a statement.

"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. As such, I am ordering that all schools in the commonwealth close for the next two weeks.”

Wolf adds that no school will be penalized if they don’t meet the normally required 180 days of schools.

The PA Department of Education also announced they have a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture “to allow eligible schools to serve meals to low income students in a non-congregate setting, such as a drive-through or grab and go, during this closure.”

Pennsylvania joins neighboring states Ohio and West Virginia who have also closed down their schools.

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