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School district seeks community input on reopening

Warren County School District is planning for the fall.

It’s not easy.

So far, the guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Education is to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

Assuming the district is allowed to open its buildings in the fall, the most significant CDC guideline for the district is social distancing.

Superintendent Amy Stewart said the average district classroom can hold a little less than 10 students under social distancing practices and full-size school buses could transport about 12 students at a time.

Those numbers will be problematic for the district if they stay in place.

To help prepare, whether the buildings are open, some the district is calling on stakeholders to provide input.

“I am scheduling focus groups to address the district re-entry to school in the fall,” Stewart said.

The meetings may be held in person or online.

The district is looking for volunteers for the following groups:

¯ business and community;

¯ parents;

¯ special education; and

¯ students.

There is a business and community meeting scheduled for Monday, June 22.

“The goal of the meetings is to capture the thoughts and concerns of our stakeholders as we consider alternatives for school in the fall,” Stewart said.

Anyone interested in participating may contact Stewart at stewarta@wcsdpa.org.

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