All school districts in Bucks County have cancelled classes through March 29. The decision to close schools for the next two weeks came after the county ordered a Declaration of Disaster Emergency.
The Board of Bucks County Commissioners made the declaration at 11:45 a.m. Friday. County officials and all thirteen superintendents within the county joined a call to discuss countywide closures. They made the decision unanimously.
Many superintendents each released similar letters Friday. There were only minor differences between the letters, such as specific closing times.
“Everything, in short, is cancelled or postponed.”
Part of the decision comes from Governor Tom Wolf’s executive order to shut down Montgomery County. Staff living in Montgomery are unable to leave, creating shortages at Neshaminy, Council Rock, and other school districts.
Additionally, the letter states the situation is still evolving. The state or federal government could issue orders to close for longer if needed.
“This decision was not made quickly or without significant reflection and discussion. In fact, the county’s school leaders have spent countless hours working in-district and across the county to evaluate the everchanging nature of the coronavirus pandemic.”
More information for each individual school district is available on their respective websites.