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Preliminary Guidance 

Phased Reopening of Pre-K to 12 Schools

Preliminary guidance is available to aid in planning for a return to in-person instruction, delivery of services, and resumption of extracurricular activities – including those provided within schools by external organizations. This guidance serves as a starting point for school leaders to consider in their preparations for the upcoming year, and applies to school districts, charter schools, regional charter schools, cyber charter schools, career and technical centers, and intermediate units.

This guidance will continue to evolve as further research, data, and resources become available. Additional guidance is forthcoming and will outline steps for school openings while addressing safe operations, teaching and learning, and student wellness —with attention to equity throughout.

Download the Preliminary Guidance for the Phased Reopening of Pre-K to 12 Schools (PDF), or access each section of the plan via the boxes on this page.

Research Report: Considerations for Reopening Pennsylvania Schools

On June 24, the Pennsylvania Department of Education built upon existing school reopening guidance by releasing a comprehensive research report prepared in partnership with the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Mid-Atlantic at Mathematica, one of the nation’s foremost social policy research firms. This report summarizes existing research on COVID-19 and generates a Pennsylvania-specific body of research - both qualitative and quantitative - that can inform decision making around completion of local health and safety plans, preparations for resumption of in-person teaching and learning, and development of supports for student and staff wellness.

Read the full report.

Read Secretary Rivera’s message announcing the release of this report.

Download a one-page infographic summarizing the report.