All-virtual order in Montco set to expire, allowing schools to return to preferred learning methods

By KYW Newsradio

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — After almost two weeks of all-virtual learning across Montgomery County, schools can return to their preferred educational methods next week.

The Montgomery County Board of Health previously ordered all public and private schools to shift to all-online instruction from Nov. 23 through Dec. 4 as a way to curb the spread of COVID-19.

“This allows all Montgomery County schools to offer the educational method or methods they choose, beginning on Monday, Dec. 7,” said Montgomery County Commissioner Dr. Val Arkoosh.

Some districts in Montgomery County are planning to remain all-virtual. But Arkoosh said that decision is up to the individual schools and is not based on the order from the county Board of Health.

Similar to hospital staffing, Arkoosh said county officials are concerned about being able to maintain in-person school staff — not only teachers, but custodians, cafeteria workers, and bus drivers.

“Much like the situation with our hospitals, these (school) staff are being exposed or infected, primarily in the community, due to the substantial amount of virus circulating right now,” she added.

Arkoosh said it goes to show how everything is interconnected, and it’s still important to keep practicing mask-wearing and social distancing.