Phased Reopening Plan
All school activities must be informed by
Governor Wolf's Process to Reopen Pennsylvania. The administration has categorized reopening into three phases: red, yellow, or green. These designations signal how restrictions on school, work, congregate settings, and social interactions will ease in each county:
The Red Phase has the sole purpose of minimizing the spread of COVID-19 through stay-at-home orders, strict social distancing, closures of non-life sustaining businesses, closures of schools and in-person instruction, and building safety protocols. Schools that are currently closed, remain closed. Remote learning opportunities should be the method of providing any instruction to students. Support services for students such as school meal programs and at-risk student check-ins, should be provided as feasible.
As counties move into the Yellow Phase, stay-at-home orders are lifted, but some restrictions on work and social interactions ease. Limitations around large social gatherings, remain in place. When the Governor announces that a county is changing from red to yellow, schools in yellow counties will be permitted to reopen for in-person instruction after July 1 provided the schools adhere to PDE guidance which includes Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.
The Green Phase eases most restrictions, but still encourages social distancing and limitations on large social gatherings (250 people maximum) to allow the economy to strategically reopen while continuing to prioritize public health. While this phase will facilitate a return to a "new normal" for schools and communities, it will be equally important to continue to monitor public health indicators and adjust strategies to mitigate community spread. Schools in green counties must continue to adhere to PDE guidance.