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Education at a crossroads

As Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 cases continue to rise, there has been more discussion regarding the need to return to full remote learning in certain areas of the state.

Earlier this year, the Departments of Health and Education created a Community Transmission Table, which gives recommendations for schools in determining instructional models as low, with a full in-person model or blended learning model; moderate, with blended learning model or full remote learning model; and substantial, with a full remote learning model.

As of November 16, there are currently 59 Pennsylvania counties showing substantial COVID-19 growth, five with moderate growth, and only three counties with low growth.

It should be noted, however, that these are county-wide models, and not every school entity is impacted by the broader transmission model. The overall decision needs to remain with the local school boards and leaders in determining what is best for their students and staff.

The Keystone Teachers Association feels that the health and safety of educators, school staff, students and their families need to be made a top priority, but only school leaders can determine how their students, staff, and community will be impacted by the instruction model they have in place or may transition to.

CAROL YEAGY

Executive director

Keystone Teachers Association

Camp Hill

Submitted via Virtual Newsroom

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