With Surge In COVID-19 Cases, New Questions Surround Schools Reopening In The Fall

Gov. Wolf says the decision is ultimately up to parents and students

Joe DeStio
July 06, 2020 - 3:27 pm

    Related: Nearly Half Of PA's COVID-19 Cases Are In Allegheny County

    PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - As the number of daily new COVID-19 cases in Allegheny County surges well into three digits, there are questions about whether schools will teach in person this fall.

    Governor Tom Wolf indicates he sees no general statewide order keeping schools open or closed.

    He would prefer that be left up to individual districts, parents and students.

    “Do they feel comfortable going back to school as students, do the parents feel comfortable allowing their children to go to school,” said Wolf.

    “That’s ultimately what it’s going to take, it’s not going to be any regulation, it’s going to be snapping a finger or waving a magic wand, it’s going to be do I as a parents have confidence that I can come here and pick my kids, that I can drop them off here and that they’re going to be healthy’,” asked Wolf.

    The governor says he is concerned about the dramatic increase in cases in Allegheny County.

    He says counties are now best equipped to mitigate increases.

    The state can help with testing and contact tracing.  

    Wolf says he suspects that masks will need to be worn in public until there is a viable vaccine.

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