HARRISBURG (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The House Education Committee will be holding a two-day hearing in early August to discuss plans for the reopening of schools.
The hearings will take place on Tuesday, August 4 and Wednesday, August 5; the forum will be used by teachers, administrators, and directors to formulate how to get students back into school for the fall.
Both hearings will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and there will be representatives from public and nonpublic schools alike.
Invitations to speak at Tuesday’s hearing include representatives from the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools, Alliance of Approved Private Schools, PA Cyber Charter School, Agora Cyber Charter School, the ARC of PA, and the Association of School Nurses and Practitioners.
While Tuesday’s portion of the hearing will be dedicated to the teachers and school officials, Wednesday’s will give the floor to stakeholders where they can present their suggestions and recommendations toward schooling flexibility and best practices for navigating a COVID-19 restricted academic year.
"As the American Academy of Pediatrics has said, our school policies must be guided by what is best for the children, their health and well-being.
"So, getting our students back in the classroom this fall is a top priority,” Representative Curt Sonney said.
Rep. Sonney will be chair of the hearings.
"Across the board there has been a lack of communication, direction and transparency from the Wolf administration on how our schools should reopen.
"These hearings will help the public, and us as legislators, gain better insight on the concerns and struggles our schools are currently facing and help create better policy to ensure our students’ educational needs are met.
"We are running out of time; we need answers and solutions. We must prioritize our students - we cannot let them fall through the cracks," Sonnet continued.