District-by-district: Plans for reopening schools

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The administration of Governor Tom Wolf has released guidance on the safe reopening of Pennsylvania schools.

Using updated guidance from the state health department as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all school districts in the state are to create a reopening plan of their own. These plans are to be available online for students, parents and staff.

Below, are the plans of local school districts, listed by county.

This is an ongoing story and will be updated with more information as it becomes available. If you are a school district official or staff member and do not see your district’s reopening plan listed here, please email us at newsdesk@pahomepage.com

LUZERNE COUNTY

Crestwood School District: A plan for reopening has been released through a video uploaded on YouTube. In person classes will be available but families can choose to pursue online-only education for students.

An athletics plan is now available. As a survey for parents of students asking to submit their input for the 2020-2021 school year played a role in the administration’s decision making.

Dallas School District: Instructional models are subject to change but several plans ranging from entirely online to entirely in person are in play. A final determination will be made in consideration with official agencies. Parents may choose to enroll their children in cyber school.

Greater Nanticoke Area School District:
Students will be split into two groups which will attend school in person on alternating days. Students will have two days of in-person education and three days of online school each week. Wednesdays and weekends will be used to santize the buildings.

Hazleton Area School District: A plan for reopening has not yet been made available online. However, a school year calendar has been approved. Student-athletes will be required to sign COVID-19 waivers prior to attending. Following guidelines, no equipment will be used until further notice.

Northwest Area School District: A reopening plan will be approved mid-July using surveys and input from parents as well as health officials.

Pittston Area School District: A plan for reopening has not yet been made available online. However, the administration says they are working towards allowing face-to-face instruction as well as an online model through the cyber school.

Wilkes-Barre Area School District: A plan for reopening has not yet been made available online.

Wyoming Valley West: A hybrid model to reduce class sizes in school will be used with students separated by name and on a rotating schedule. In-school instruction is dependent on the phased reopening of the county. Masks must be worn at all times. Parents may choose to keep their children enrolled in cyber school.

Building-specific plans are available. The tentative decision will be made on August 1st with September 1st being the final decision date.

Wyoming Seminary: In-person classes and dormitory options will be available for students of Wyoming Seminary in the Fall of 2020, the school announced in its comprehensive plan.

An online-only option will be available for students if their families choose. In the event that schools are mandated to close by the state, the school is prepared to go completely online and refund 15% of the tuition for the remainder of the semester.

LACKAWANNA COUNTY

Dunmore School District: A plan for reopening has not yet been made available online. However, a parent survey is being used to collect input from the community about how the schools should proceed to reopen.

Lakeland School District: A plan for reopening has not yet been made available online. However, in a letter to the district’s community, Superintendent William King wrote that the plan will be presented in a public school board meeting at some point in August.

Mid Valley School District: A plan for reopening has not yet been made available online. However, Superintendent Patrick Sheehan has asked parents to participate in an online survey in order to help the district plan for a reopening.

North Pocono School District: Either a combination of in-person and online education or a traditional instruction model are most likely, according to a July 15 update. Online-only education may be available for families that find it preferable. A final plan will be submitted to the board by August 1.

Old Forge School District: A plan for reopening has not yet been made available online.

Riverside School District: A plan for reopening has not yet been made available online. However, an online survey was available for parents to submit their input about reopening. A formal plan will be released on August 11.

Scranton School District: A combination of in-person and online education will be used, but a concrete plan is yet to be released. 

Valley View School District: A plan for reopening has not yet been made available online. However, a plan will be presented to the school board on July 20 during a meeting live streamed on Facebook. A survey has been made available for parents to submit their input about reopening online.

SCHUYLKILL COUNTY

Blue Mountain School District: A plan for reopening has not yet been made available online. However, according to a tentative time-line, the final plan will be approved by the board at the end of July. During the first week of August, parents and students will have an opportunity to choose their preferred educational plan (in-person or online options are available).

Mahanoy Area School District: A plan for reopening has not yet been made available online. However, a survey is available for parents to submit their input about an autumn reopening, a chance to “opt-out” of in-person instruction will be available.

Minersville Area School District: A plan for reopening has not yet been made available online.

North Schuylkill School District: A plan for reopening has not yet been made available online. However, students are expected to be allowed to return to in-person instruction on August 27. Parents are being asked to commit to a either a fully in-person instructional model or an online-only one for the first month of school.

Face coverings will be required when students and staff cannot maintain a six feet distance away from others. Physical education, recess and other extracurricular activities will be allowed as long as social distancing can occur. Face coverings will also be required on school buses.

Pine Grove Area School District: A plan for reopening has not yet been made available online. However, Superintendent Heath Renninger encouraged all parents to prepare for several formats of education during the school year. In a letter, Renninger wrote that students will either be attending in-person classes during the week, experience a blended learning environment or be enrolled in online-only instruction.

Pottsville Area School District: A concrete plan will be submitted to the board on July 21st. The school district does plan on offering parents the choice of keeping their children online only if they choose.

Saint Clair Area School District: The district is prepared for three different options ranging from a regular in-person education model to an online-only option. During in-person instructional days, students will be screened before entry, each classroom will be sanitized and other hygienic practices will be used. Staff will be required to wear face coverings unless doing so jeopardizes their health or if they can maintain a distance of 6 feet away from other people. Students will be recommended but not required to wear face coverings.

Plexi-glass shields will be installed on desks and other areas. No communal use of water fountains or coolers will be allowed. Students will not be permitted to use lockers and classes will be limited to 25 people including students and staff.

Shenandoah Valley School District: A plan for reopening has not yet been made available online. However, a re-socialization plan for sports team has been released.

Tamaqua Area School District: A plan for reopening has not yet been made available online.

Tri-Valley School District: A plan for reopening has not yet been made available online.

Wiliams Valley School District: A blended plan, utilizing in-person and online education will be in place with students having alternating days of each. Staggered dismissal times will encourage social distancing in the hallways and classroom configurations will be changed to allow for sufficient distance between people.

Students and staff will be required to wear face coverings unless the district stays in the ‘green’ phase during which students will not be required to do so and staff will only have to wears masks when they cannot maintain proper social distancing.

MONROE COUNTY

East Stroudsburg Area School District: A plan for reopening has been approved by the school board but has not yet been made available online.

Pleasant Valley School District: The district’s plan for reopening includes three distinct phases categorized by community spread of COVID-19. If there is community spread, even minimal or moderate, no face-to-face instruction will occur. In the ‘green phase’, when there is low or no community spread of the virus, in-person instruction will be available on a hybrid basis.

Students will be split into two groups based on last name, reporting to school two days of the week. Wednesdays will be entirely online and families who do not feel comfortable with their students attending school will be given an online-only option.

Pocono Mountain School District: A plan for reopening has not yet been made available online. However, an athletic health and safety plan has been approved.

Stroudsburg Area School District: A plan has been developed and as long as Monroe County remains in the ‘green’ phase, traditional in-class education will be available. Students will be split based on last name and attend school on alternating days even in the green phase. Parents can choose to keep their kids in online-only classes.

LYCOMING COUNTY

East Lycoming School District: A plan for reopening has not yet been made available online. However, in a letter to parents and guardians of East Lycoming students, Superintendent Michael Pawlik said “unless conditions unexpectedly change, we plan to return to traditional in-person face-to-face instruction in August.”

Jersey Shore Area School District: A plan for reopening has not yet been made available online. However, the administration says the plan, which takes into account a parent survey, should be presented to the board at the end of July. A draft of the plan suggests students will have in-person instruction but are able to stay online-only if their families choose.

A resocialization plan for sports and extracurricular activities has been approved.

Williamsport Area School District: A plan for reopening has not yet been made available online however, a resocialization plan for sports teams and the marching band has been worked out, including required screening for athletes and staff 

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