South Western School District to hold emergency meeting to consider going fully remote

Erin Bamer
York Dispatch
Lincoln Charter School fourth grade teacher Deborah Smallwood shares a lesson about kindness as she co-teaches a class of about 40 students via zoom from her home in York City, on World Kindness Day, Friday, Nov. 13, 2020. The school moved to full online classes this week after beginning the year with an in-class/online hybrid model for learning. Dawn J. Sagert photo

South Western School District will hold an emergency meeting Wednesday night to consider a recommendation to transition all its schools to fully remote learning from Dec. 1 through Dec. 23. 

According to the district's website, the district recorded 22 positive COVID-19 cases in the last 14 days, with 36 total cases since August. In a letter to parents, the district identified four COVID-19 cases today.

The school board meeting comes two days after Gov. Tom Wolf issued an order for schools in areas of substantial COVID-19 transmission to either transition to fully remote learning or sign a form agreeing to comply with several state safety regulations. 

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Baresville Elementary School has already been operating with remote learning until Dec. 1, while Park Hills Elementary School and Emory H Markle Middle School transitioned to remote learning today. 

The remaining three schools within the district will remain open until further notice. The school board meeting will take place virtually at 5 p.m. Wednesday.