York, PA – Pennsylvania Department of Education Secretary Dr. Noe Ortega as we speak visited Yorkshire Elementary School in York Suburban School District to spotlight how college students within the area are staying wholesome and secure throughout an unprecedented new college yr, and encourage them to undertake wholesome, lifelong hygiene habits.
“York Suburban School District and Yorkshire Elementary School are doing an outstanding job of ensuring that their students, teachers, and community are staying safe and healthy, and we commend them for their efforts,” stated Sec. Ortega. “By being proactive and engaged, the district has enabled its students to stay in the classroom, with limited disruption to learning and extracurricular activities—which is exactly what we had hoped for at the start of this new school year.”
During the occasion, Sec. Ortega learn the e-book “A Germ’s Journey” to a first-grade class. The e-book was written in 2011 by Thom Rooke, MD and illustrated by Tony Trimmer.
Currently, college students 12 and older are eligible and inspired to get vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19, which is one of the very best methods to preserve college students studying in-person.
The state Department of Health is working to make sure the vaccine is supplied in a means that’s moral, equitable, and environment friendly to all Pennsylvanians. Use Vaccine Finder to discover a COVID-19 vaccine supplier close to you.
Throughout the 2020-21 college yr, PDE usually supplied technical help and steering to native training businesses (LEAs) to help instruction whereas navigating the pandemic, and PDE will proceed to help LEAs as they navigate the 2021-22 college yr. This consists of by way of the newest chapter of PDE’s Roadmap for Education Leaders; Accelerated Learning by way of an Integrated System of Support. This toolkit features a skilled studying sequence for college leaders and educators to assist handle college students’ studying loss and different points attributable to the pandemic.
Additionally, PDE has despatched common correspondence to colleges with up-to-date processes, procedures, and knowledge because it develops. Those updates might be accessed on the What’s New web page on PDE’s web site.
“Over the past year-and-a-half, our students and schools have had to adjust to a new normal and implement new practices to keep themselves and others safe and healthy,” added Sec. Ortega. “Those practices—like frequent hand-washing, cleaning food before consumption, and covering their mouths when they cough or sneeze—will help students form lifelong healthy habits, prevent the spread of illness, and ensure that they can remain safely in the classroom, which is where they belong and where they want to be.”
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