K-12 education

Students outside of State College Area High School on Jan. 8, 2018.
Min Xian / WPSU

 

The State Senate approved a bill Wednesday that would allow parents to choose to have their children repeat a grade level because of learning loss due to COVID-19 for the upcoming school year. 

The decision on whether a student should repeat a year is currently made by schools and teachers. 

Pre-K-12 schools in Pennsylvania were closed for the last three months of the school year that just ended, due to coronavirus concerns. Gov. Tom Wolf told schools to move to a digital learning model.

We talked about the effects of the shutdown on students with Ed Fuller, an associate professor in the College of Education at Penn State.   

TRANSCRIPT:

Emily Reddy:

Pa. Schools Ordered To Remain Closed Until End Of Academic Year

Apr 9, 2020
Outside of the newly renovated Spring Creek Elementary School.
Brittany Krugel / WPSU

Pennsylvania schools will remain shuttered for the rest of the academic year because of the coronavirus pandemic that has sickened thousands and caused hundreds of deaths statewide, under an order signed Thursday by the state’s education secretary.

The extended shutdown order affects more than 1.7 million students in public and private K-12 schools. It means children will spend the rest of the year learning remotely.
 

The order applies through the last day of the current academic year, a date that varies among districts because calendars are set by school boards.