On Monday, July 6, PA Department of Education (PDE) released information that addresses the minimum instructional time requirements and other issues that must be considered when making decisions related to the provision of instruction during a global pandemic. That correspondence provides a pathway for remote instruction and other schedule modifications to satisfy the legally required minimum of 180 days of instruction and 900 hours of instruction at the elementary level and 990 hours of instruction at the secondary level. Local education agencies should submit temporary instructional time provisions to PDE using the Emergency Instructional Time Template. This template addresses each of the elements required in the law and will foster an efficient review and approval process. Submit completed templates as a stand-alone document or as an addendum to a Health and Safety Plan, and any questions, to: RA-EDContinuityofED@pa.gov.

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