Pennsylvania Schools Will Remain Closed Indefinitely Due to COVID-19 Concerns

HARRISBURG – The Department of Education announced today that all schools in Pennsylvania will remain closed indefinitely in order to limit the spread of COVID-19, according to State Senator John Yudichak.

All schools in the state have been closed since March 13. The closure order was originally in effect through April 6, but this deadline has been extended until further notice.

Senator Yudichak supported a bipartisan bill last week that was signed into law to remove the requirement that all public schools must be open at least 180 days per school year. The new law also gives the Secretary of Education authorization to increase the number of flexible instruction days that may be used by a school district.

The state’s 29 intermediate units will continue to be available to provide technical assistance to help develop continuity of education plans for all students.

CONTACT:

Carly Simpson (csimpson@pasen.gov)

Brad Hurley (bhurley@pasen.gov)