Pa. education secretary says plans to reopen schools in the fall are in the works

By KYW Newsradio 1060
HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio)  Pennsylvania’s education secretary told state senators he “fully” expects schools will reopen in the fall. 

Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera told the Senate Education Committee that the department is considering best-case and worst-case scenarios as it develops plans to reopen schools in the fall. 

In a best-case scenario, he said schools will resemble what they were like before they closed.

“At worst, school’s going to look differently,” Rivera said. 

Rivera later added that the state Department of Education will offer school districts options if aggressive social distancing is required.

“Provide a framework based on research and based on data that will allow school districts to choose from multiple strategies that best meet the needs of their communities,” he said.

For now, a teachers’ union official told senators the lack of internet access is one of the biggest issues in continuing education during the pandemic.