WEST CHESTER, PA — The West Chester Area Board of School Directors followed the lead of families whose comments and feedback fell significantly in favor of opening school remotely.
The board approved 8-1 a remote reopening plan that called for ongoing review of when it may be safe to begin either hybrid or in-school instruction. Brian Gallen cast the only vote against the plan, citing concerns for the loss of the social benefit being in school provides to children.
The WCASD board acknowledged that the options were not optimal. The board cited safety and continuity as reasons for choosing to begin the 2020-21 school year with all-virtual instruction. “This is still a global pandemic,” the board stated in its public presentation. “The science is still emerging.”
In the presentation, the board noted that epidemiologists expect that schools that are opening in brick and mortar settings will close soon after reopening