Local lawmaker pushing for students to get back in classrooms this fall

While some people wonder whether students will be back in the classroom this fall, one lawmaker is pushing state leaders to find a way to make it happen.

Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Ross Township, sent a letter to Pennsylvania Education Secretary Pedro Rivera to form a plan to get students back to school this fall.

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This came days after Rivera told reporters during a conference call that parents needed to prepare for the possibility of virtual learning extending into the fall.

Click here to read the full letter Turzai sent to Rivera.

A Department of Education spokesperson sent a statement saying:

“At this time, there are no plans to keep schools closed in the 2020/21 school year; however, any future decisions made regarding school openings will be grounded in the health and safety of our communities.”

Gov. Tom Wolf’s reopening plan keeps schools closed until a county enters the green phase, but it’s unclear when that could happen.