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How are schools reopening?

PSEA is keeping track of how schools are reopening. Reviewing websites for Pennsylvania’s 499 school districts, we’ve identified whether a school district is teaching students virtually, with a hybrid model, or in-person. This is the best data available, and no one else is collecting it on a statewide basis. The data is also very fluid, since some school districts are changing their methods of instruction when they identify cases of COVID-19 among their students and staff members. Some school districts may have changed their instructional approaches since this data was collected.

This is a “living map,” and it will be updated periodically. If you have more updated information about any school district, feel free to share it at schoolmapupdates@psea.org.

In-Person: an open model for all students and staff five days a week with some students/families opting for distance learning out of personal safety/health concerns

Hybrid: a blended model that balances in-person learning and remote learning for all students, (for example, alternating days or weeks), or a scaffolded model where some students are engaged in in-person learning while others are distance learning (for example, some grade levels in-person while other grade levels are remote learning)

Virtual: total remote learning for all students (includes future actions/steps to be implemented and conditions that would prompt the decision as to when schools will open for in-person learning)

Pennsylvania School Reopening Approaches

PSEA President urges Wolf to direct schools to pay all employees

On March 12, President Rich Askey communicated with Gov. Tom Wolf and Sec. Pedro Rivera urging them to contact all school entities in Pennsylvania and direct them to continue paying hourly employees. 

PSEA joins with education and labor groups to encourage swift passage of key COVID-19 bill

On March 18, PSEA joined with eight other education and labor organizations in a letter to legislative leaders, encouraging them to immediately consider legislation to set clear state policy for school districts and staff as they deal with the COVID-19 emergency. 

PSEA is working around the clock with Gov. Wolf, legislators, the secretary of education, and school officials to pass this legislation. We believe this bill will pass within the next week or so. And we may ask PSEA members to contact your legislators and urge them to support it.

The bill would:

  • Ensure all employees, particularly education support professionals, are paid; 
  • Ensure no employee loses retirement credit that they otherwise would have earned pursuant to the Public School Employees’ Retirement System;
  • Waive the 180-day school year requirement;
  • Increase the number of permissible flexible instructional days;
  • Require PDE to apply for a federal waiver from PSSA and Keystone Exam testing and authorize the secretary to waive NOCTI and NIMS exams for career and technical education students;
  • Ensure that school entities provide proper protective gear for custodians who provide deep cleaning of potentially infected school buildings; and
  • Waive the 12-week student teacher requirement.

PSEA Education Resources

Tools and Resources for K-12 Online Learning during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Provision of Special Education Services during COVID-19 School Closures

Teaching with Technology during COVID-19: Best Practices to Take Care of Ourselves and Our Students

Impact of Covid-19 on Local Governance Meetings

Educators and support professionals step up to help during COVID-19 emergency

PSEA members across the state are helping their students and communities, even as schools are closed during the COVID-19 emergency.

We want to know your story. What are you doing to help your students and your community?

York Dispatch: AP exams not canceled, will be available online

PennLive: With Pa. schools closed until April (at least), educators face test of serving students remotely

Lancaster Online: Lancaster's school districts step up to meet students' needs amid crisis [opinion]

Lehigh Valley Live: How Lehigh Valley school districts are making sure kids don’t go hungry

The Standard-Journal: Mifflinburg district offering student meals

The Standard-Journal: Hundreds of students receiving lunches in Milton

WHYY: How three Pennsylvania teachers tackle remote learning in the time of coronavirus

PennLive: Dealing with coronavirus crisis, districts offer students new versions of school lunches

Citizens Voice: Meal distributions begin at local schools amid closures

90.5 WESA: How Schools Are Meeting Student Needs During Two Weeks Of Closure

COVID-19 Coronavirus Federal and State Guidance

Health Resources

Our schools and communities are all focused on preventing the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus. Federal and state officials have created a number of resources aimed at educating the public about the virus and advising Pennsylvanians about how we can prevent it from spreading.

The Centers for Disease Control has issued guidance on how to slow the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus and has specific information related to K-12 schools, including a checklist for teachers and support professionals and tips about how to discuss the virus with children.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has information specific to Pennsylvania, including tips, updates on cases and testing, resources, and a detailed Q and A about coronavirus

That website also has information for K-12 schools.

Important tips and guidance about Covid-19 from CDC

Below is the guidance that we have from the CDC.  We urge all PSEA members and others in our public schools to follow it carefully:

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Stay home when you are sick. Do not return to work until you are free of fever (100.4° F or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. acetaminophen, cough suppressants, etc.).
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.  CDC Handwashing Instructions
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Have a question about the COVID-19 emergency and how to respond to it?

Meetings, conferences, and cancellations

Consistent with Gov. Wolf’s advice, many in-person PSEA events and meetings will be postponed or moved to remote format. Please watch for announcements if you have already RSVP’d for an event. 

In addition, all PSEA offices will also be closed beginning Monday, March 16, at 5 p.m. Staff members will work from home and still be available to assist members via cell phone and email. You can reach them at the same phone numbers. Like many other organizations, PSEA and NEA have decided to cancel or postpone certain meetings, conferences, and events out of an abundance of caution in order to guard against the spread of coronavirus.

As medical professionals and government officials have pointed out, avoiding large gatherings is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of coronavirus. So, canceling or postponing certain PSEA and NEA events is a judicious decision and is consistent with this good advice.

PSEA meetings, conferences, and events

The following PSEA conferences, meetings, and events are being CANCELLED:

  • The Student PSEA Conference and Convention in Erie (April 2-4)
  • The Special Education Conference in State College (March 27-28)
  • Committee Meeting Weekend (March 27-28) - unless moved to a remote format
  • Committee Meeting Weekend (April 3-4) - unless moved to a remote format

The following PSEA conferences are being POSTPONED and will hopefully be rescheduled soon:  

  • The PSEA-Retired House of Delegates (April 20-21)

PSEA regional events

  • Midwestern Region
    MWR DPS Conference:  March 19, 2020 – Postponed.  Date TBD.
    MWR HOD:  March 25, 2020 – Postponed.  Date TBD.
    MWR LDC:  March 27-28, 2020 – CANCELLED
     
  • Western Region
    WR Legislative Breakfast:  March 28, 2020 - CANCELLED
    WR House of Delegates:  April 15, 2020 – Postponed
    WR Retiree Meeting:  April 23, 2020 – CANCELLED

NEA meetings, conferences, and events

The following NEA conferences, meetings, and events are being CANCELLED:   

  • The National Leadership Summit in Orlando (March 13-15)  
  • The Higher Education Conference in Orlando (March 12-13)  
  • The NEA-Retired Conference in Orlando (March 15-16)  
  • The ESP Conference in New Orleans (March 20-22)   
  • The Uniserv Training in Seattle (March 23-27)
  • NEA/NCSEA Management Collective Bargaining Conference (March 10-11) 

The following NEA conferences are being POSTPONED and will hopefully be rescheduled soon:  

  • The 2020 New Educator Kick-off in Portland, OR (originally March 24-26)  
  • The Early Career Educator Group Training in Portland, OR (originally March 27-29)  
  • NCSEA Convening on Teacher Shortages (originally March 30-31) 

Should you have any questions regarding information or directives from your district, or any concerns about the consequences of your decision to stay home as a result of following the CDC’s guidance, please contact your UniServ representative.