Update: Neshaminy School District closed all schools Friday. “Please note that NO staff or student COVID-19 infections have been reported to the District , this closure is just due to staff shortages.”
Amidst the coronavirus outbreak, the Pennsbury and Council Rock School Districts have closed all schools in their districts for Friday, Mar. 13.
Both schools are closing for deep cleaning of the school facilities. They are each also using the time to plan in case of the need for longer shut downs.
Before- and after-school activities are cancelled at Pennsbury Friday and Saturday. And for Council Rock, these cancellations will go through the end of spring break.
Council Rock Superintendent Dr. Robert Fraser released a statement elaborating on the closures. The full statement is available here.
“We will still offer our upcoming Saturday, March 14th SAT exam as regularly scheduled. Outside of this one exception, everything else is postponed,” said Fraser. “I will also note that similar precautions will be in place across Bucks County public schools by Monday at the latest.”
Pennsbury Superintendent Dr. William Gretzula released a letter Thursday. He thanked Bucks County Director of Health Dr. David Damsker and promised further information before noon Friday.
“I have been fortunate to be in his presence and/or on the phone with him no less than six times over the last week. I share this to praise our countywide team that has been fully available to school leaders as this pandemic has evolved.”
Like at Council Rock, Pennsbury will also hold its SAT exams as previously scheduled.
WBCB 1490 is offering a comprehensive list of closures in Lower Bucks on its news website here.
The decisions come shortly after Governor Tom Wolf announced a clamp down of the virus in Montgomery County. His mandate will close all schools, community centers, gyms, and entertainment venues for at least two weeks in the county.
Wolf called Montgomery County, which neighbors Bucks, the “epicenter” of Pennsylvania’s coronavirus outbreak. It has more than half of the commonwealth’s 21 official presumptive positive cases.