|Posted:||December 18, 2020 11:26 AM|
|From:||Representative Regina G. Young|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Continuity of Education Plans and School Taskforce|
|The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has changed the landscape of education more dramatically than any other phenomenon in the history of our public education system. Educators, students, and caregivers have done a remarkable job as we all navigate through this pandemic. However, the time has now come where we need to direct our energy to focus on how to resume instruction in the coming school years. As schools have returned to either full-time or part-time in-person instruction, the goal remains committed to the safety and welfare of students, faculty and staff.
With that being said, I plan to introduce legislation that will accomplish two things. First, it will require all public school entities to update their Plan to Offer Continuity of Education into a more comprehensive Plan for Reopening Schools and Continuity of Education in the event of future widespread emergencies. Second, it will establish a statewide task force of education and health experts to investigate issues raised during this pandemic and make recommendations on changes in our public education and health systems involving instruction days/hours, length of school year/day, instructional and student support service delivery, and health and safety inside school buildings.
As we navigate the unforeseen, I ask you to please join me in co-sponsoring legislation that will continue to prepare Pennsylvania schools for the coming years.
Introduced as HB1206