All schools in state are closed for 2 weeks due to virus

Staff Writer

Governor Tom Wolf announced Friday that all schools in Pennsylvania would be closed for at least two weeks due to the coronavirus.
Classes in Kane, Smethport and all other schools in the state will be closed beginning Monday, March 16.
Schools will remain closed at least through Friday, March 27.
At the end of the 10-day school-closing order, the governor said he would “re-evaluate and decide whether continued closure is needed.”
“First and foremost, my top job priority as governor— and that of our education leaders— must be to ensure the health and safety of our students and school communities,” Wolf said in a statement. “As such, I am ordering that all schools in the Commonwealth close for the next two weeks.”
The Kane Area School District has alerted parents of the mandated school closing and has posted information on its website. 
Updates on the situation will be placed on the website, according to Brock Benson, superintendent of the school district.
Benson said he took part in a “statewide webinar” at 9 a.m. Friday with representatives of the state Department of Health and the state Department of Education. All 501 school districts in the state were represented in this program, Benson said.
When the hour-long “webinar” ended Friday morning, Kane and the four other schools districts in McKean County still were planning to open for classes next week.
“There are no confirmed cases in our region,” Benson said in reference to the COVID-19 (coronavirus). He said the superintendents of all school districts in the county “agreed” to open for classes as usual Monday.
This plan changed about five hours after the “webinar” when the governor at 2:59 p.m. Friday ordered the closing of all schools.

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