Pennsylvania schools are now closed through the end of the academic year

Written by on April 10, 2020

Pennsylvania schools are now closed through the end of the academic year

By Jen Rehill

April 10, 2020

Pennsylvania schools are now closed through the end of the academic year. Governor Tom Wolf gave the order this morning as part of his plans to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  And as WLVR’s Jen Rehill reports, it’s something Lehigh Valley school districts expected.

Governor Tom Wolf shared the news via social media.

“Schools will remain closed for the rest of the academic year. But that doesn’t mean learning is stopping in Pennsylvania,” said Wolf. 

The decision affects more than 1.7 million students in public and private K-12 schools, and it means children will spend the rest of the school year learning remotely. 

Bethlehem Area School District Superintendent Joseph Roy says the announcement doesn’t change much in terms of day-to-day operations, since schools had already been closed indefinitely.

“I guess even though we kind of expected it, knowing now for sure makes it feel different.  You know, were we going online for a few weeks or were we going for the remainder of the year? Now we know,” said Roy.

BASD and many other schools in the Lehigh Valley launched online learning programs nearly two weeks ago.


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