Snyder applauds passage of bill to assist school districts due to COVID-19 pandemic

HARRISBURG, March 25 – State Rep. Pam Snyder today lauded the unanimous passage of a measure that would allow the Pennsylvania Department of Education to make changes statewide for all schools for the current school year, including removing the mandate for 180 days of instruction.  

In addition, Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said S.B. 751 would ensure school employees who are regularly employed as of March 13, 2020 would continue to receive regular pay and that their retirement be protected. The measure would also guarantee school cleaning staff who are responsible for deep cleaning school facilities are provided with CDC-recommended cleaning equipment and supplies.

“We are living through an unprecedented situation right now due to this pandemic, and I’m pleased this bill is moving forward to help our school districts,” said Snyder. “It gives them the flexibility they need to provide alternative instruction for students, while also providing additional authority to waive other requirements, with the ultimate goal of ensuring all of our children continue to receive some form of education during this time.”

The bill would also require specific notification to be provided to parents of special education students to allow them to receive some form of instruction.

It now heads back to the Senate for further consideration.