HARRISBURG, Pa. (KDKA) – Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has ordered schools to close for two weeks starting Monday in an effort to contain coronavirus.
The governor announced that all K-12 schools in the state will be closed for 10 business days, starting Monday, March 16.READ MORE: Live Winter Storm Tracker: Winter Storm Blankets Pittsburgh Region With Heavy Snowfall
A full statement released by Wolf says:
“We understand that these are trying times and recognize the impact of the coronavirus on our students and communities.
First and foremost, my top priority as governor – and that of our education leaders – must be to ensure the health and safety of our students and school communities.
As such, I am ordering that all schools in the commonwealth close for the next two weeks.
Be aware that no school district will be penalized if it fails to meet the 180 day or school hours requirements.READ MORE: PHOTO GALLERY: Winter Storm System Moves Into Pittsburgh Area
The Department of Education will work with intermediate units and other stakeholders to support school districts with any continuity of learning plans they may be pursuing.
Also, the Pennsylvania Department of Education announced today that it received a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to allow eligible schools to serve meals to low income students in a non-congregate setting, such as a drive-through or grab and go, during this closure. We will also work with schools to assist them with those plans.
We appreciate your collaboration as we work together to deal with this difficult issue.”
The first case of coronavirus was just confirmed in western Pennsylvania.
The health department says there is one case of coronavirus in Washington County. The case was confirmed at 5 p.m. Friday. There are now 41 cases in the state.MORE NEWS: SEE IT: Massive Winter Storm System Brings Snow To Pittsburgh Area
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