In Pa., no plans to offset child care costs in school districts going all-virtual

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By KYW Newsradio 1060

“The idea is to help parents, to give them an option so they can get back into the workplace and feel safe, regardless of what the school is doing,” he added. 

Having someone come into the home to help with virtual learning can cost about $2,400 per month. In Montgomery County, one child care center is asking $1,600 per month for a program that helps students in kindergarten through fourth grade navigate a school district's virtual learning.

Wolf also said officials are still considering whether or not schools that opt for an all-virtual instruction can offer fall sports.

“If the school is going completely virtual, it seems hard to justify having in-person contact sports in the fall,” Wolf said. 

He added that no decisions have been made yet, and state Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said they plan to put out updated guidance on school sports later this week.

The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association put out guidance last week, which they say is designed to offer flexibility for districts, and also offers varying start dates for fall sports competitions.