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State College School District Finalizing Fall Plans, Including In-School Classes, Summer Workouts

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, families in the State College Area School District will decide whether to send their children to school in person or have them learn online at home.

Like other school districts in Pennsylvania, State College is planning how it will teach students when the new school year begins in the fall. The board reviewed those plans during a meeting Monday night.

In a letter to families, Superintendent Bob O’Donnell said parents and students will choose between in-person classes or online instruction through the Virtual Academy.

Secondary students who opt for in-person learning will go to school every other day. They’ll have classwork to do from home.

In-person elementary classes will take place every day.

The district is finalizing its health and safety plan, which it has to submit to the state. That includes steps for cleaning the schools and making sure students and staff wear masks and maintain social distancing in school.

The school district is also looking at allowing the athletics department to offer optional summer workouts for student athletes.

The board is scheduled to vote on the Health and Safety Plan July 6. Parents and guardians may submit questions and feedbackto the district online through the end of the day Tuesday.

Anne Danahy has been a reporter at WPSU since fall 2017. Before crossing over to radio, she was a reporter at the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pennsylvania, and she worked in communications at Penn State. She is married with cats.
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