The Pennsylvania School Boards Assocation (PSBA), Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA), the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA), the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO), the Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units (PAIU), PA Principals Association, the Pennsylvania Association of Career and Technical Administrators (PACTA), and the Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools (PARSS) formed a task force aimed at getting Pennsylvania’s students back into their schools and classrooms as safely as possible. Working groups have spent the past month addressing areas of facility/logistics, staffing, instruction, transportation, special education, extracurricular activities, health and safety, communication, resources and community. Issues for consideration include the potential staggering of school schedules to reduce the size of classrooms and open space gatherings, enhanced cleaning procedures and equipment for buildings and buses, implementation of additional policies related to PPE and masks, air quality measurements and enhanced filtration, meal preparation and serving procedures, after-school activity precautions to mitigate the potential spread of germs, redesigning of facilities to enhance social distancing, and procedures for student assemblies. The final report is slated to be published later this week.

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