HARRISBURG – PSEA President Rich Askey renewed his call for every school district in Pennsylvania to follow state public health guidelines for school operations, including transitioning to remote learning when community transmission rates reach critical levels. Askey says, “Each school district is responsible for developing a process for responding to COVID-19 cases at school, based on guidelines provided by the state departments of Health and Education. According to those guidelines, districts in counties with a “substantial” level of community spread (100 or more incidents per 100,000 or a 10 percent or higher positivity rate), should operate with a “full remote learning model. We commend those school districts that are working collaboratively with the state Department of Education to match their instructional models to the guidelines. Those districts are placing a high priority on the health and safety of students, staff, and their families.” The Warwick School District in Lititz switched to online learing last week due to 18 positive cases in the school district with 14 of them at the high school. Also, The Dallastown Area School District in York Co closed it’s middle and high schools starting today through Dec 2 to mitigate the spread of the virus.

RICH ASKEY