Governor Wolf Extends School Closure for Remainder of Academic Year

first_imgGovernor Wolf Extends School Closure for Remainder of Academic Year SHARE Email Facebook Twitter April 09, 2020center_img Education,  Press Release,  Public Health Secretary of Education Implements State-Level Waivers to Ensure Continuity and FlexibilityGovernor shares video message to students, parents and educatorsContinuing his efforts to protect the health and safety of students and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Tom Wolf today announced that all schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year. The governor made the decision in consultation with Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine and Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera. Students and families can continue to pick up meals at designated sites.Although schools are closed, teaching and learning may continue: schools are strongly encouraged to provide continuity of education for all students in the most appropriate and accessible ways possible. PDE has secured resources intended to help all schools that want to use them – including those not currently offering online platforms, those requiring additional technology support, and those that may rely on traditional methods, such as paper lessons, to continue educating students. There is no cost to schools or students for these resources.“We must continue our efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus during this national crisis,” Governor Wolf said. “This was not an easy decision but closing schools until the end of the academic year is in the best interest of our students, school employees and families.”Secretary Rivera said the administration’s primary consideration has always been to make the best decision in the context of student and community health and safety.“While the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic and its mitigation efforts have created uncertainty in our schools and communities, today’s action to close schools for the remainder of the academic year provides school communities with predictability and understanding of the conditions under which they’ll be operating and serving students,” Rivera said. “As schools and communities adapt to the prolonged school closure, PDE will continue to work with our state, educational, and business and nonprofit partners to meet the needs of students.”Today’s decision applies to all public K-12 schools, brick and mortar and cyber charter schools, private and parochial schools, career and technical centers and intermediate units. All Department of Education early learning program classrooms, including those for Pre-K Counts, Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program (HSSAP) and Preschool Early Intervention, will also remain closed.Colleges and universities may not resume in-person instruction or reopen their physical locations until the governor permits them to open or lifts the closure of non-life-sustaining businesses.Schools will remain closed though the end of the 2019-2020 academic year as it is defined by the local school calendar.Under the state’s directive, schools could begin summer programming on the day after their academic year ends.Secretary Rivera added that all re-openings will be contingent on public health guidance provided by the Secretary of Health and stay-at-home orders issued by the governor.In addition to the school closure announcement, through his order Secretary Rivera also took action that will ensure crucial stability of education programs. Under Act 13 of 2020, the secretary has exercised his executive authority to adjust requirements for the evaluation of professional employees and waive student teaching requirements that may not be possible in the context of school closures.“By taking these actions, the department is providing flexibility in the near term, while signaling that core functions of public education can and will continue,” he said.The department has been providing ongoing guidance to school communities in the form of FAQs. The guidance information is available at education.pa.gov/COVID19.For more information about Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs please visit the Department of Education’s website or follow PDE on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.View this information in Spanish here.last_img read more

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Kroger Cutting Insurance For Indiana Spouses

first_imgKroger is dropping health insurance coverage for the spouses of its Indiana employees.The company says the plan was overwhelmingly approved by its Indiana unions and employees will get annual pay increases as part of the deal. The controversial change will go into effect January 1, 2014.Kroger is the nation’s largest grocery store chain, ranked #23 on the Fortune 500 list with nearly $100 billion in revenue.last_img

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Lamela vows to hit his stride

first_img Lamela was expected to be the man to fill the void left by Gareth Bale when he moved from Roma in a club-record deal this summer, but he has failed to impress so far. The excellent form of Andros Townsend has meant Lamela has played a peripheral role for the north London club, starting just five games – all of which have come in the cup competitions. “My moment will come and I will make the difference,” Lamela told the London Evening Standard. “You always train thinking that you’re going to play. Sooner or later, my moment will arrive and I have to be ready. That is the way I am looking at it. “I get on very well with Andre Villas-Boas. He is a great guy who clearly thinks about the future. Because of this, coming to Tottenham is a great step for me and in the future, we’ll see why. “Of course, it’s also important for me to get into the Argentina squad for the World Cup, but I’m confident I’ll play here. We are involved in four competitions so there are many games ahead.” Tottenham scraped past Hull for the second time in four days on Wednesday night to set up a Capital One Cup quarter-final grudge match against West Ham. Paul McShane had put the away side on course for a shock win in extra-time, but Harry Kane scored his second goal for Spurs to take the game to a penalty shoot-out, which the hosts won 8-7. Kane enjoyed an impressive loan spell at Millwall two years ago, but last term he did not fare as well while at Norwich and Leicester, scoring just three times all season. The 20-year-old was set for another loan spell this season, but Villas-Boas may end up keeping the player after being impressed by his recent efforts. “I couldn’t be happier with Harry, so that has made us delay his (loan) move,” Villas-Boas said. “He is doing extremely well in training. “We have a lot of interest for Harry but if the next loan move happens, we need 100 per cent certainty that he (plays regularly). “With the way he is training he has more of a chance of playing in those teams. But he’s doing enough to compete for his place here.” Lamela showed glimpses of his potential in Wednesday night’s Capital One Cup win over Hull – although he did miss a penalty – but the slight midfielder admits he still needs time to adjust to the rigours of the English game. “I think I need a bit of time,” Lamela said. “I feel good here, although getting used to life here in every sense is a completely different thing. I’ve barely been here two months, so time is maybe what I need. “I need training, a bit of rhythm, some games. English football is very different from the game in Italy – much more physical, whereas Serie A is more tactical. “It’s not necessarily more difficult, but it’s just different. This is a style of football I like very much, though, and I think, with the way I play, it will be very suited to my game.” Manager Andre Villas-Boas hopes the fact that Lamela’s family have recently moved to London will help the former River Plate man, who enjoyed two successful seasons at Roma after moving to Europe from Argentina. The Tottenham boss, a fluent Spanish speaker, has been trying to help Lamela break down the language barrier that he thinks has hindered the youngster’s progress since he signed for Spurs. Lamela is convinced he retains the confidence of the Spurs boss and is sure he will get enough game time for him to be considered for next year’s World Cup. Press Association Erik Lamela insists he will justify his £30million price tag once he has adjusted to life in the Barclays Premier League.last_img read more

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Bertrand hopes to stay a Saint

first_img It is such form which makes Bertrand open to making this seventh loan away from Chelsea permanent – an option Koeman last week revealed he is keen to take. “It is one of them things where I’ve got to wait and see, but, for me, there’s no reason why not, to be honest,” the full-back said. “There is a good base to the club, we’re pulling in the right direction. We have fantastic fans, fantastic players, a fantastic manager and the coaching staff. “It has been a good experience for me so far so I don’t see why not. “For me, it is a first in many aspects, especially with the consistency of football I’m getting. “I am pleased with the way it has started but you know there is a lot more work to be done. “As a team we’re only going to get better, individually I am only going to improve.” Ryan Bertrand has already seen enough at Southampton to make him keen to join the club permanently from Chelsea. The 25-year-old was one of a clutch of players parachuted in during a summer of upheaval at St Mary’s, penning a season-long deal with a view to a permanent transfer. The England left-back has slotted in seamlessly and helped Ronald Koeman’s side to confound those predicting a season of strife, with Saints remarkably entering November second in the Barclays Premier League. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Ingwe held by Zoo, miss out on second spot

first_img0Shares0000AFC Leopards head coach Rodolfo Zapata reacts during a past match. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 27- AFC Leopards missed out on the opportunity of moving to second spot in the Kenyan Premier League table after being held to a barren draw by hosts Zoo Kericho on Wednesday afternoon.The home side were wasteful having had the biggest chances of the game, all going to waste on an afternoon that AFC seemed to have fizzled off their element that had seen them win four matches back to back in all competitions. Ingwe had to finish off the final few seconds of the game with 10 men, Marvin Omondi being sent off in added time after an off the ball incident.Zoo benefited from the point at home, the result pushing them two places up in the standings to 13th and easing their relegation fears.By half time, Zoo should have been at least two goals Up on the balance of chances they created. In the 17th minute, Dominic Kiprono had a golden chance when Mike Madoya beat Keeper Ezekiel Owade from the left and passed straight down to Bernard Odhiambo who teed up Kiprono.However, the midfielder who was starting ahead of Nicholas Kipkurui saw his pale effort cleared off the line by Moses Mburu.In the 24th minute, Madoya was played through by Bernard Odhiambo but the pint-sized midfielder’s shot from the right went wide when he had time and space to control and put in a more dangerous shot.Zoo Kericho’s Nicholas Kipkirui shielding AFC Leopards’ Duncan Otieno when the two sides clashed in the first leg in Machakos.Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAOn the half hour mark, Zoo had another chance on an afternoon where they were slicing the Ingwe defense down for fun. Stanislas Akiya broke off on the right before cutting back a cross, but Dennis Chetambe tapped the ball wide.Three minutes to the break, the home side had yet another glorious opportunity when Odhiambo floated in an inviting cross from the right, but Madoya’s weak connection with a header at the back post brushed off Salim Abdallah for a corner.In the early exchanges though Leopards had some chances to score, first Robinson Kamura’s freekick going straight to the Zoo keeper in the sixth minute while in the 13th minute Brian Marita’s header off a Kamura freekick was well saved by the keeper.At the start of the second half, Ingwe coach Zapata made changes pulling out Victor Majid for top scorer Whyvonne Isuza in a bid to bolster the attack that had been kept at bay all game.In the second half, Ingwe coach Zapata started off with a change in personnel, Victor Majid paving way for top scorer Whyvonne Isuza in midfield.But still, it was the home side who continued to create the better chances in front of goal and just three minutes in, keeper Owade pulled off a brilliant save to keep AFC in the game, leaping high to tip over a ferocious shot from distance by Chetambe.Zoo Kericho head coach Sammy Okoth. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAIn the 54th minute, Kiprono should have done better after breaking the offside trap on the right, but his final decision to go at goal himself instead of cutting back for his teammates better placed was futile as he hit the side netting.Ten minutes later, AFC were forced into another goalline clearance, this time Salim Abdallah rising to head away a freekick from Isaac Kipyegon which had curled beyond Owade.In the 66th minute, Madoya made an attempt to atone for his earlier misses with a shot from distance which was spilled by Owade into the feet of Odhiambo, the striker tapping the rebound wide unmarked. However, the linesman’s flag was up for offside sparing him the blushes.With quarter of an hour left, Zapata went all out offensive, pulling out right back Dennis Sikhayi for new signing Eugene Mukangula.AFC had two late chances with Marita and Mukangula’s shots both being saved by the keeper.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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