FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Chief Communications Officer
717.506.2450 ext. 3315
Thursday, April 9,2020 [Mechanicsburg, PA] – The Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) supports and appreciates Governor Wolf’s decision to extend the closure of school buildings for the remainder of the current academic year. This will allow school leaders and educators to make more concrete plans knowing that students will not return to the facilities in-person until the start of the 2020-2021 school year in the fall. While the decision is a tough one that raises certain other challenges, the knowing and certainty allows for more definitive next-steps planning.
“School districts have put forth outstanding efforts in providing students with as optimal a learning experience as possible, in the current circumstances and utilizing the resources available. Numerous challenges of technology and connectivity gaps have created larger issues for some districts, and in the face of it all, the resourcefulness and creativity of educators and their district leaders is apparent,” commented Nathan G. Mains, PSBA CEO
Schools will now have the opportunity to plan for August/September when they can return to the benefits of in-person learning and the optimal socialization that comes through classroom exchanges and programming that can only truly occur when students, educators and coaches have access to utilizing all the school facilities have to offer.
“Districts have found creative ways to provide a wide range of learning solutions with an almost nonexistent ramp-up period, due to the speed at which the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, and we (PSBA) feel absolutely confident in their ability to come back in the fall with energy and preparedness for the new school year. PSBA, working with other education organizations and the administration will support the school leaders as they move ahead with decisions that are needed to be ready to welcome students and staff back into the buildings. We will come back strong from this together,” Mains emphasized.
PSBA is a nonprofit statewide association of public school boards, pledged to the highest ideals of local lay leadership for the public schools of the commonwealth. Founded in 1895, PSBA now in its 125th year was the first school boards association established in the United States.