Wolf says ‘widespread’ school closure rumor is false

    Gov. Tom Wolf introduces his police reform plan during a news conference on Thursday, 6/4/20 (screen capture)

    By Jennifer Garofalo

    After rumors circulated that Gov. Tom Wolf would force the state’s public school districts to offer the first nine weeks of classes remotely, he put the matter to bed on Friday. 

    “I want to be clear: I am not closing school buildings or cancelling classes,” Wolf tweeted Friday afternoon. 

    “School governing boards and administrators will determine if school building reopen and if classes resume in person, remotely, or a combination of the two,” he wrote. “The best way to find out about these local decisions is to contact your school’s governing board or administration.” 

    Officials in school districts across Pennsylvania have been busy devising health and safety plans for the 2020-21 year. The plans must be approved by school boards, posted on the district’s website and submitted to the state Department of Education prior to the start of the school year. 

    Among many things, the plans detail how students will receive instruction in each district.

    Jennifer Garafalo is managing editor of the Uniontown Herald-Standard, a publishing partner of the Pennsylvania Capital-Star.