Today, The Pennsylvania Department of Education announced that over 99 percent of schools completed and submitted that attestation form that they were required to sign if they were doing any type of in-person learning this school year.
Public Schools that have been in the substantial range of cases for more than 2 weeks were required to sign the form to verify that they were following all Department of Health Guidelines. Current 66 out of 67 counties are in substantial risk.
“While 2020 has been unlike any other year in the history of education, our school communities continue to show tremendous flexibility, grit, and resilience,” said Acting Secretary of Education Noe Ortega. “I am proud of our schools for their unwavering commitment to protecting their communities from an unpredictable virus while ensuring students continue to have access to a safe, quality education.”
“As we continue to honor local control, we recognize that communities need to know that their schools are committed to critical mitigation strategies when offering in-person instruction,” he added. “The Attestation Form provides public school entities with an additional way to renew their commitment to following health and safety orders and recommendations as they continue to provide in-person instruction.”
Any districts that did not turn in the form are required to suspend all extra-curricular activities and move to fully remote learning until the form is submitted.
Now while the Department of Education recommends fully remote learning for school entities in substantial zones, the attestation form creates a path for those that want to continue to provide any in-person instruction.