Snyder: School officials upset with lack of information from Pa. Department of Education regarding COVID-19

CARMICHAELS, March 13 – Today, state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, is asking that Pennsylvania Department of Education Secretary Pedro Rivera provide vital information for school districts in light of COVID-19 concerns.

Snyder said superintendents, who took part in a conference call with Rivera earlier today, have notified her of their anger and frustration with the lack of information and flexibility provided to school districts to help them make informed decisions regarding their schools.

“School superintendents were told today on this conference call they would get no relief from the 180 days of instruction and that each district would have to make its own decision as to whether to keep schools open or closed,” Snyder said. “This is beyond irresponsible, because they need vital information and guidance to make the best decision for their schools. I am asking that Secretary Rivera and Governor Wolf issue a mandate that all schools across Pennsylvania close for two weeks to help mitigate the virus’s spread.”

Updated information on COVID-19, including state and national updates and prevention tips, can be found by visiting the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s website at