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PA Schools Closed for the Rest of the Year

An empty Central hallway, students not returning for the year.

When the students of Central High School entered into the 2019-2020 school year this year, many of them had never thought that they would be finishing this school year at home. 

After much uncertainty on whether students would be able to return to school, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf finally announced yesterday morning that all Pennsylvania schools are to be closed not indefinitely, but now until the end of the 2019-2020 academic year. This is such due to the ongoing COVID – 19 pandemic occurring across the country. In order to ensure the health and wellbeing of students, this decision was made to continue social distancing and to as well protect the students of Pennsylvania.

For most students, freshman, sophomores, and juniors, this means returning to Central back in the fall with the addition of the 283rd class of Central High School, but to the senior population this may very mean the end of their career at Central. 

The closure of schools though, does not  indicate the end of academic education. After the end of this week’s abnormal spring break, students at Central will begin to enter a A-Day and B-Day schedule starting April 13th. For the month of April, it has been told by President McKenna that students will engage in enrichment and review content from the school year. It had been as well stated by president McKenna in a letter to students that if school closures reached into May, new academic content would begin to be taught via online platforms. 

In order to allow all students to participate in online learning, Central will begin to hand out chromebooks to students in the coming week. This is to ensure that every student at Central has access to the internet. A schedule for the distribution of chromebooks has been emailed by school Central’s counselors. Handouts will begin with Freshman students on April 13th and end with Seniors on April 15th.

Students will soon be able to reconnect with teachers and peers over online learning platforms, but whether they will see each other in person again remains indefinite. It is important to remember during this period to continue social distancing, stay inside when possible, and continue to wash your hands. 

 

Owen Setiawan (282)

Staff Writer

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