Gov. Tom Wolf does not announce statewide school building closure or class cancellation despite “widespread rumors” – CBS Pittsburgh

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (KDKA) – Gov. Tom Wolf says he is not announcing a statewide school building closure or class cancellations, despite “widespread rumors.””I want to be clear: I am not closing school buildings or canceling classes,” the governor tweeted on Friday morning.

“Governing boards and administrators will determine whether school buildings will reopen and whether classes resume in person, remotely, or a combination of both,” he continued.

Governor Wolf says the best way to find out about these decisions is to contact your school board or administration.

Earlier this month, Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Dr Rachel Levine and Education Secretary Pedro Rivera announced updated guidelines for kindergarten at 12 schools, claiming that each school determine whether classes will resume in person, online, or a combination of both.

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“Our goal is to ensure a safe return to school for students, teachers and staff by following best practices to mitigate the spread of the virus, including wearing face covers and keeping distance social, ”Health Secretary Dr Rachel Levine said in a press release.

Best practices from the state’s health and education departments include wearing masks, with a few exceptions, and daily screening for symptoms before leaving for school.

Social distancing is strongly encouraged, and there are recommendations – like having student seats that face the same – and mind-blowing stops and pickups if the weather permits.

There is also advice on what to do regarding hallways, outdoor play areas, excursions, buses, and cafeterias, or how to handle a confirmed or probable case of coronavirus.

You can read the list with all the tips here.

The Department of Education says the guidelines will be updated as needed.

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