Amid mounting covid-19 case numbers across the state and county, New Hope-Solebury School District (NHSSD) said Thursday that it will return to virtual-only learning starting Nov. 23 and continuing until Dec. 4.
In-person learning with early dismissal had originally been scheduled for Nov. 23-24, with Thanksgiving holiday slated for Nov. 25-27.
“We are concerned about the implications the Thanksgiving holiday weekend will have on the number of cases in our school district,” NHSSD Superintendent Dr. Charles W. Lentz said in a Thursday letter to parents. “We have been experiencing significant issues with staffing because of employees being ill or quarantined because of the spread of the virus in our region. Our ability to cover these classes has been severely compromised by a significant decline in the number of substitute teachers available in our county.”
Lentz said he will make the recommendation to temporarily transition to the virtual instructional schedule implemented in the fall at Thursday night’s school board meeting.
“This will permit our school district a break to ensure that any spread of the virus in the community because of travel and gatherings over the holidays will not have an adverse
impact on our school community and lead to a potentially longer period of closure,” Lentz explained.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Thursday confirmed that as of noon that there were 7,126 new cases of covid-19, a daily record, bringing the statewide total to 288,978. There were 116 new deaths reported in the state on Wednesday.