HARRISBURG – PA’s largest teachers union has asked Gov. Tom Wolf and state Education Secretary Pedro Rivera to order schools to plan for online-only instruction, citing mounting concern among educators and parents about the “significant health risks” posed by sending kids back to the classroom. PSEA President Rich Askey wrote in a letter to the two leaders that it’s extremely important for public schools to plan for the possibility that increases in COVID-19 cases will make it impossible to reopen schools safely for in-person instruction. School entities that have not developed plans for online instruction must immediately create them and both officials should use their executive authority to direct schools to develop thorough, complete, and well reasoned instruction models.

RICH ASKEY