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Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools

COVID-19 Updates and Information

It is our goal to keep you updated about the COVID-19 coronavirus. Please visit here often for updated information.

School Closures and UC Benefits FAQs

For school closure information and more, please visit the School Closures and UC Benefits FAQs page provided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Parents and school employees may find valuable answers to concerns regarding the effect of COVID-19 on schools, places of care, and employment.

New System to Provide Guidance on Instructional Models

A new system that will provide guidance to school districts on which instructional models to utilize during COVID-19 was released by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Department of Health.

Replacing the county colors of red, green, and yellow for school district use are the new categories of low incidence/transmission, moderate incidence/ transmission, or substantial incidence/transmission. Each county will depict COVID-19 data over a two week period, and school districts are strongly encouraged to examine this data on a weekly basis and look at the recommended models of instruction for each category. These are recommendations, not mandates.

Please take a moment to read about the new system for additional details.

Pennsylvania School Reopening Task Force Report

This report represents a compilation of insights and considerations from the following organizations: the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA), the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA), the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA), the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO), the Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units (PAIU), the Pennsylvania Principals Association, the Pennsylvania Association of Career & Technical Administrators (PACTA), and the Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools (PARSS). Knowing the magnitude of the work ahead as school leaders, educators, and administration plan for the 2020–2021 academic year, these eight public education associations came together as the 2020 back- to-school task force to generate considerations and information in support of their decision making.

Please take a moment to read the Pennsylvania school reopening task force report for complete details.

Governor Wolf Extends School Closure for Remainder of Academic Year

Harrisburg, PA - Continuing his efforts to protect the health and safety of students and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Tom Wolf today announced that all schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019–2020 academic year. The governor made the decision in consultation with Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine and Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera. Students and families can continue to pick up meals at designated sites.

Please see below for additional information on the extended school closure.

Governor Wolf Calls for Universal Masking

Harrisburg, PA – During a COVID-19 press briefing on April 3, 2020, Governor Tom Wolf recommended that all Pennsylvanians wear a mask any time they leave their homes for life-sustaining reasons. As COVID-19 cases steadily rise in the state, Governor Wolf stressed the need to intensify all measures to help stop the spread of the virus.

Please take a moment to read the April 3 press release in its entirety.

COVID-19 Coronavirus Information