Pine-Richland School District extends closure to May 1 - PineCreek Journal

Pine-Richland School District extends closure to May 1

Friday, March 20, 2020 | 11:39 AM

Citing the guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention issued on March 15 that people should not gather in groups larger than 50 for the next eight weeks, Pine-Richland School District announced following a special meeting of the school board on Friday that all schools will remain closed through at least May 1.

Furthermore, the district said it is highly likely that the period of closure will extend further and possibly through the end of the school year.

“Although no one has a crystal ball for COVID-19, we have had the opportunity to observe the progression of this global pandemic,” district officials wrote to parents in an email. “It is not in the best interest of students, families or learning to operate in ‘two week’ extensions of a closure. This leads to uncertainty in educational continuity and structure for students. The community spread of COVID-19 will continue to accelerate in our area and mitigation strategies will be implemented to correspond with that increase. In complex times, we want to provide clear direction. As the likelihood of substantial community transmission increases, extended school closures are part of the response.”