'No Question' School Will Start On Time In PA This Fall

Schools will be back in session this fall but won't look the same

Andrew Limberg
May 29, 2020 - 2:54 pm

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    HARRISBURG (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Governor Tom Wolf says that schools will open with “no question” at the beginning of the 2020-21 school year.

    During a news conference on Friday, Wolf said that even with an anticipated surge in cases, schools will be in session in one form or fashion.

    Depending on the school district, classes will resume in either August or September.

    Wolf adds that schools will look different with possibly more online learning and less time in classrooms or smaller class sizes.

    Guidelines from the Department of Education should be released early next week.

    “We cannot do a lockdown, we cannot do a shelter in place,” said Wolf. He later said that is not part of their plans for the fall and he doesn’t want to have to have another shelter in place.

    While a vaccine will most likely not be available by the fall Wolf and PA Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine say the health care capacity will be much greater and the fall and hope to have an instant COVID-19 test that can be utilized.

    In addition, contact tracing will be largely increased.

    Wolf says his staff has been in contact with the PIAA regarding fall sports but doesn't think it will look normal when sports resume.

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