School leaders voice concerns about reopening amid pandemic at state Senate Democratic Policy Committee hearing

Written by on August 4, 2020

School leaders voice concerns about reopening amid pandemic at state Senate Democratic Policy Committee hearing

by Sarah Schneider, WESA

August 4, 2020

The Pittsburgh Public Schools board continues to meet virtually including the 7/31 meeting to vote on reopening schools.

The state Senate democratic policy committee heard a range of concerns Monday about reopening schools. WESA’s Sarah Schneider reports that the state’s two largest districts – Pittsburgh and Philadelphia – plan to teach students remotely until at least November. 

The 498 other districts in the state, though, all have different plans. Leaders of teachers unions and school board members said though districts deserve to make decisions locally, there should be consistent standards from the state.  

Pennsylvania State Education Association president Rich Askey says school districts need more specific guidance. 

“It’s time that we don’t have these conversations of 3 feet or 6 feet. We don’t have ‘oh you can wear a mask here, but not here, you can wear it in the hallway but not in the classroom. Those conversations need some guidance,” said Askey. 

Most speakers said more funding is critical to be able to provide technology and internet for remote learning or the proper personal protective equipment for in-person learning. 

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