PA Department Of Education Reminds Schools To Continue Protection Against COVID-19

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By NewsRadio 1020 KDKA

HARRISBURG Pa (Newsradio 1020 KDKA)The Pennsylvania Department of Education on Friday reminded schools and school districts across the state that the previous federal court ruling is not an end to the protection and mitigation efforts.

The Department of Education is urging schools to continue practicing social safety to remain healthy and slow the spread of COVID-19 within schools.

In a letter from the Department they highlighted that the court’s decision does not change the rules set in place for schools.

“You are likely aware that on Monday a federal court in the Western District of Pennsylvania issued a decision striking down some of the commonwealth’s COVID-related orders. The ruling is limited to the business closure order and the stay at home orders issued in March, which were later suspended, as well as the 25-person indoor and 250-person outdoor gathering limitations.”

In the statement, the department said that schools are still responsible for enforcing their rules and efforts set in place for COVID-19 mitigation.

“School entities remain responsible for enforcing the face covering order and requiring social distancing at school and at all school events, including school sporting events. The administration encourages schools to voluntarily enforce the 25- person indoor and 250-person outdoor gathering limitation while all of us wait for the court to rule on the stay request.”

The Department of Education urged everyone to stay safe and warned how dangerous the virus is and how easy it is to spread.

The Department of Education is staying committed to offering guidance and resources to support communities during the pandemic.

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