All schools in Pennsylvania, including the South Fayette School District, are to remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year to help protect the health and safety of students and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Tom Wolf announced April 9.
The governor made the decision in consultation with state Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine and state Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera.
“We must continue our efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus during this national crisis,” Gov. Wolf said. “This was not an easy decision, but closing schools until the end of the academic year is in the best interest of our students, school employees and families.”
Students and families can continue to pick up meals at designated sites. Online or alternative learning methods may continue.
The decision applies to all public K-12 schools, brick and mortar and cyber charter schools, private and parochial schools, career and technical centers and intermediate units.
All Department of Education early learning program classrooms, including those for Pre-K Counts, Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program (HSSAP) and Preschool Early Intervention, also will remain closed.
Colleges and universities may not resume in-person instruction or reopen their physical locations until the governor permits them to open or lifts the closure of non-life-sustaining businesses.
Schools will remain closed though the end of the 2019-2020 academic year as it is defined by the local school calendar. All re-openings will depend upon public health guidance provided by the Secretary of Health and stay-at-home orders issued by the governor.
Read the complete press release from Office of the Governor.