HARRISBURG – To ensure future students don’t have the same educational challenges as those who struggled through the pandemic, a bill has been introduced to preserve equal access to in-person instruction for students statewide. Known as the In-Person Education Act, House Bill 1254 would give families the option to use their child’s share of state education funding in the form of a grant to access education alternatives if their public school does not offer full-time, in-person instruction. The bill does not require students to attend in-person instruction, nor require schools to offer in-person instruction. Both the CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics warned that closed schools present significant short and long-term harm to children, ranging from academic setbacks to depression, substance use, and physical inactivity. The measure awaits consideration by the PA House Education Committee.