Preliminary guidance has been released by the Pennsylvania Department of Education regarding the reopening of schools across the state as the coronavirus pandemic continues.
Officials say in-person instruction can restart on July 1st for areas that fall under phase yellow of reopening.
CDC health and safety guidelines must be in place.
School officials are being urged to have a backup plan in the event of a second wave of COVID-19 cases.
Phased Reopening of Pre-K to 12 Schools
Preliminary guidance is available to aid in planning for a return to in-person instruction, delivery of services, and resumption of extracurricular activities – including those provided within schools by external organizations. This guidance serves as a starting point for school leaders to consider in their preparations for the upcoming year, and applies to school districts, charter schools, regional charter schools, cyber charter schools, career and technical centers, and intermediate units.
This guidance will continue to evolve as further research, data, and resources become available. Additional guidance is forthcoming and will outline steps for school openings while addressing safe operations, teaching and learning, and student wellness —with attention to equity throughout.
Download the Preliminary Guidance for the Phased Reopening of Pre-K to 12 Schools(PDF), or access each section of the plan via the boxes on this page.
Resuming In-Person Instruction at Postsecondary Education Institutions and Adult Education Programs
Preliminary guidance is available to aid in safely resuming in-person instruction at colleges, universities, seminaries, trade schools, and adult basic education programs across Pennsylvania. This guidance includes general considerations to support healthy, safe, and inclusive learning environments when resuming in-person instruction, operations, services, and activities.
This preliminary guidance was informed by input and feedback from institutional leaders representing all sectors and regions of the commonwealth's postsecondary landscape. The guidance incorporates existing federal and state public health and safety recommendations, and may change as new information becomes available.
This plan is divided into two sections:
- Section I: Phased Strategies, Expectation, and Considerations for Safely Resuming In-Person Instruction in Pennsylvania
- Section II: Guidance and Recommended Practices for Resuming In-Person Instruction and Other Routine Operations at Postsecondary Institutions in Pennsylvania
Download the Preliminary Guidance for Resuming In-Person Instruction at Postsecondary Education Institutions and Adult Education Programs(PDF), or access each section of the plan via the boxes on this page.