Stories tagged: "schools reopening"

Desks are arranged in a classroom at Panther Valley Elementary School, Thursday, March 11, 2021, in Nesquehoning, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Pennsylvania Students’ Math and Reading Scores Fall From Pre-Pandemic Levels

Slipping math and reading scores among Pennsylvania’s fourth and eighth grade students are consistent with a national trend.

An American flag is in a classroom as students work on laptops in Newlon Elementary School early Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, which is one of 55 Discovery Link sites set up by Denver Public Schools where students are participating in remote learning in this time of the new coronavirus from a school in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Another Challenge for Parents During COVID-19? Getting Their Kids Tested.

Many facilities won't administer tests for young children, creating more problems for parents and schools trying to reopen.

School buses are parked at a depot Thursday, April 9, 2020, in Zelienople, Pa. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said Thursday that schools will remain shuttered for the rest of the academic year because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
‘The Clock’s Running Out’: Pennsylvania School Leaders Ask for More Help

Gov. Wolf's administration has largely shunned a one-size-fits-all approach in a sprawling state where the coronavirus has wreaked havoc in some heavily populated counties while barely touching others.

Families, standing several feet of distance from each other as an extra precaution out of concern about the spread of the coronavirus, wait in line to receive donated food and educational materials at the John H. Webster Elementary School in Philadelphia, Thursday, March 26, 2020. Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration reported more coronavirus-related deaths in Pennsylvania on Wednesday. Residents are ordered to stay home, with few exceptions. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Philadelphia Schools to Limit In-Person Classes to 2 Days per Week

Philadelphia Superintendent William Hite Jr. and school board President Joyce Wilkerson emphasized the need for flexibility as the nation waits for a vaccine and outbreaks continue to occur.

Graphic via Denzel Boyd for COURIER
Parents and Teachers Are Terrified of Schools Reopening as COVID-19 Cases Surge: ‘I Just Don’t Know If It’s Safe’

Without a comprehensive plan that includes additional federal funding, teachers and parents argue, reopening schools could put students, their families, and educators in danger.

Graphic via Tania Lili for COURIER
I’m a Microbiologist and a Mom. This Is Why I’m Keeping My Kids Home This Fall.

Unfortunately, we don’t have scientific studies on any of this yet, so we really don’t know how to open schools safely during a pandemic.