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Bucks County schools developing health and safety plans


Bucks County’s 13 public school districts, three career and technical centers, and intermediate unit place student and staff safety at the forefront of all their efforts.

At the onset of the COVID-related closures in March, through the governor-mandated prohibition of in-person instruction and continuing now as the school year concludes, the teams that support the children of the county work diligently to respond to the shifting variables presented by the pandemic. School leaders meet regularly using teleconferencing technology both in-district and countywide with one another and with Dr. David Damsker, director of the Bucks County Health Department, and Scott Forster, director of Bucks County Emergency Services, to plan for a wide variety of scenarios facing our school communities this summer and fall.

As Bucks County transitions to yellow and eventually to green, Bucks County’s public schools will continue to collaboratively develop plans for what school may look like this fall. On June 3, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) released guidelines and possible considerations to guide these local school district planning efforts.

At this time, all Bucks County public schools plan to return to school in the fall. What that looks like is not yet clear as teaching and learning will continue to evolve and may take on different forms from school-to-school and from district-to-district.

PDE plans to release additional guidance throughout the summer to help set expectations for the fall of 2020. As these guidelines are released, they will also influence and potentially change local and countywide planning efforts.