The federal government has developed a poster that provides guidance regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and employee rights. To view the poster, visit the PAPSA website by clicking here.
The PA Division of School Health has been receiving questions about what school nurses can do during the school closures related to the current pandemic. Click here to access a document published by the NASN entitled “Ideas for School Nurse Activities During the COVID-19 Pandemic”. It provides a variety of things that school nurses may consider implementing in collaboration with their administration.
In addition, please review the information on the below links and check them frequently for updates to ensure you have the most current information.
Coronavirus Information for Education: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Educators.aspx
Guidance and Resources for School Communities: https://www.education.pa.gov/Schools/safeschools/emergencyplanning/COVID-19/Pages/default.aspx
Pennsylvania Overview: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx
https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/hygiene/etiquette/coughing_sneezing.htmlCDC Handwashing Videos
On March 27th, Governor Wolf signed SB 751 into law. The bill made changes to the PA School Code in order to address issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Changes include waivers of 180-day requirement, testing, and other mandates, as well as other items involving special ed. PRRIs, financial issues, etc. For more details, go to the “Membership” drop-down on the PAPSA website and click on “Member Resources.”
The US Department of Education (USDE) has granted Pennsylvania’s request for a waiver of the federal testing and accountability requirements, thus allowing the cancellation of testing for the 2019-2020 school year.
Today, March 27, 2020, Governor Wolf signed Senate Bill 751, which waives the requirement for schools to be in session at least 180 days, provides for continuity of education plans, ensures school employees are paid during the closure, and provides the Secretary of Education with authority to waive student teacher and standardized assessments. The Department of Education previously announced the cancellation of all PSSA testing, Keystone exams and the Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment for the 2019-20 school year.
The governor also signed Senate Bill 422, which reschedules the 2020 primary election from April 28 to June 2, 2020 and makes other election process changes, including some due to the COVID-19 emergency. The bill provides process improvements to Act 77 of 2019, to allow counties to begin processing and tabulating mail ballots beginning at 7 a.m. on election day, rather than after the polls close at 8 p.m. Additionally, the measure allows counties to temporarily consolidate polling places without court approval and eases other rules regarding location and staffing of polling places for the primary to respond to county concerns about a potential shortage of poll workers and appropriate polling place locations.