HARRISBURG (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The Wolf administration announced updated safety protocols for Pennsylvania schools as they prepare to reopen amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our goal is to ensure a safe return to school for students, educators and staff by following best practices to mitigate the spread of the virus, including wearing face coverings and maintaining social distancing,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “In those instances when someone tests positive, public health staff from the department will immediately assist the school with risk assessment, isolation and quarantine recommendations, and other infection control recommendations.”
In June, the Department of Education required schools to develop a health and safety plan that follows guidelines from the Department of Health and the CDC. The plan must also be approved by the school's governing body and posted to the school website before students and staff would be allowed to return.