DOYLESTOWN, PA — Central Bucks School District officials are planning for a dramatically different start to the upcoming school year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The district, which must create a state-mandated health and safety plan, said it is currently working to gather feedback from the community. Families can expect a survey to be distributed by the end of the week, according to information from the district.
The administration, in a letter to the school community Tuesday, said a draft of the district’s safety plan will be finalized for school board review in the coming weeks. The district anticipates the plan will be considered at the board's July 28 meeting.
Last week, Superintendent John Kopicki said Central Bucks is currently planning to offer families the option of in-person instruction or online programming for the fall.
Kopicki has said that the district's "primary focus is to ensure a safe, orderly transition back to school, while providing families with a choice to attend in-person or rigorous online programming."
Bucks County health officials have released school reopening guidelines as local districts prepare to craft their plans.
The county is recommending that students be required to wear masks on buses and "possibly in hallways," but not in classrooms. Students and staff will be required to have a mask with them at all times in case it is needed.
Additionally, a minimum distance of three feet spacing is recommended for classroom seating, and seats should be configured to maximize on social distancing, the county recommends.