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Health and Safety Plans

Recognizing that each school entity is unique and that all plans for the upcoming year must reflect local needs, each school entity must create a Health and Safety Plan which will serve as the local guidelines for all school reopening activities. As with all school emergency plans, the Health and Safety Plan should be tailored to the unique needs of each school entity and should be created in consultation with local health agencies, if possible.

Health and Safety Plans must be approved by each school entity’s governing body (i.e., board of directors). School entities must submit their approved Health and Safety Plans (and any questions) to PDE at RA-EDContinuityofED@pa.gov. Those plans must also be posted on the school entity’s publicly available website prior to the reopening of school and providing services to students. To ensure a coherent, community-wide approach to reopening, charter schools are strongly encouraged to engage with local authorizers in finalizing Health and Safety Plans; this will ensure that students in the same locality – and even from the same family – experience similar safety and disease mitigation protocols. Private and parochial schools are strongly encouraged to create a Health and Safety Plan tailored to their unique needs and post the Health and Safety Plan on their publicly available website prior to reopening school.

School entities may want to consider piloting approaches on a smaller scale to inform broader implementation in the fall. Such activities may begin as early as July 1, 2020 as described in this plan.

Download the Phased School Reopening Health and Safety Plan Template.