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Feds issue year-long extension of free food for school students

BY: - April 22, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture this week issued a year-long extension of a waiver program that lets schools send free food home with students. Originally set to expire this September, the program will now be in effect through June 2022. 

Starting next week, Pa. school kids can be 3 feet, not 6 feet apart, under updated social distancing guidelines

BY: - March 30, 2021

On a call with reporters Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Department of Education updated the commonwealth’s COVID-19 guidance for schools effective April 5. 

Mass clinics and mobile vaccine sites: How Pa. plans to vaccinate school employees against COVID-19

BY: - March 5, 2021

Mass vaccination clinics dedicated solely to Pennsylvania’s school employees should be fully operational starting March 10, with many on track to administer 500 to 1,000 vaccines each day, Randy Padfield, director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, said Thursday. 

CDC issues detailed strategy for safely reopening K-12 schools

BY: - February 12, 2021

The agency said it cannot force schools to reopen but can only stress that steps such as wearing masks and physical distancing of at least 6 feet are key to mitigating the spread of coronavirus.

Report: The most and least equitable schools in Pa. | The Numbers Racket

BY: - November 30, 2020

The gap between the rich and poor have been exacerbated by the global COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, one of the areas where those discrepancies is most prevalent is in education. 

The state Board of Ed advanced new science standards for the first time in two decades. That could transform how schools teach climate change

BY: - September 13, 2020

Proposed guidelines approved by the state Board of Education last week represent the first comprehensive update to Pennsylvania’s science education standards in nearly two decades.

Schools stare down teen mental health crisis as they prepare for largely virtual year

BY: - August 23, 2020

Psychologists and pediatricians say children learn and develop best in schools, where they can socialize with peers under the eye of watchful adults. 

Against Wolf’s wishes, PIAA greenlights fall sports

BY: - August 21, 2020

The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, or PIAA, voted 25-5 to allow fall sports to begin on Monday, Aug. 24, as long as schools approve health and safety plans and submit them to the state first.

Wolf says ‘widespread’ school closure rumor is false

BY: - July 31, 2020

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

COVID-19 pandemic exacerbates funding, inequality concerns among Pa. schools

BY: - June 26, 2020

That’s been the quiet reality on the ground as schools across Pennsylvania deal with a pandemic that has created revenue shortfalls, budget gaps, increased cleaning and technology costs and unknowns for the fall — and beyond.

School safety grants to cover laptops, hand sanitizer in 2020

BY: - June 16, 2020

Gov. Tom Wolf announced Tuesday that schools across the commonwealth can begin to apply for a combined $150 million in School Health and Safety Grants, which can be used to purchase cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment; to provide mental health services and professional development to students and staff; and to retrofit school buildings to promote social distancing.

Wolf orders Pa. public schools closed for two weeks in response to coronavirus

BY: - March 13, 2020

Schools across the commonwealth will close for two weeks under a new order from Gov. Tom Wolf to contain the spread of COVID-19. All 500 school districts will be shuttered for 10 business days, until March 30. At the end of the period, Wolf will decide whether to extend the closures, or reopen schools. “We […]