Public schools in Pennsylvania will be closed for at least another two weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera announced on Tuesday afternoon an extension of the closure order until “at least” April 6. The prior order extended only through the end of this week.
“Protecting the health and safety of students, families, teachers and all employees who work in our schools is paramount during this national health crisis, and we must continue our efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus,” he said.
Rivera said that this directive aligns with Gov. Tom Wolf’s “stay at home” order issued on Monday for seven counties: Philadelphia, Montgomery, Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Monroe.
Rivera on Monday also cancelled standardized testing for students in career and technical education (CTE) programs for the 2019-20 school year. Last week, the department cancelled all PSSA testing and Keystone exams for the 2019-20 school year, as well as the Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA).
“The number of positive cases increases daily and we’re seeing it spread to more counties. We must adhere to the social distancing guidelines,” Rivera said. “Extending the closure will help every community in its efforts to mitigate the spread.”