The Pennsbury School District is putting students back in the classroom four days per week later this month.
At last week’s meeting, the school board voted to approve a measure for elementary students to go back Mondays through Thursdays starting March 29th. Then middle and high school students will follow on April 12th.
Fridays will remain a synchronous online learning day for both groups.
When the new schedule goes into effect, the hybrid model will be left behind. This option currently allows students to attend classes two days per week.
Students will still have the option to attend all classes virtually, but there is no in-between.
Families of elementary school students should receive a “commitment survey” from their school principal this week. How a family responds, whether to opt into four day classes or stay virtual, will lock them in for the remainder of the school year.
Next week, families of older students will need to respond to a similar survey.
In a letter to the community, Superintendent Dr. William Gretzula said the votes comes after learning of a plan to vaccinate all school employees by the end of March.
“This has been a challenging twelve months, but together we are coming out of it with a spirit of hope and optimism for brighter, healthier days ahead. It also goes without saying that many innovative ideas in education have advanced quickly that will forever change the way we teach and learn.”
State officials announced the plan to vaccinate teachers last week. The PA COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force will use the recent Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which only requires a single dose.
“This new single-dose vaccine adds another layer of support to get students and teachers back in the classroom,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “Teachers and staff who work with our children will be vaccinated, and I commend the task force and all of our partners for their tremendous commitment to their schools and communities.”