State College to go remote for two weeks after Thanksgiving break

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (WTAJ) — The State College Area School District will switch to fully-remote learning for two weeks following Thanksgiving.

The plan is to return to in-person learning on Dec. 14. Superintendent Bob O’Donnell said the district has been struggling with staffing for weeks due to absences related to COVID-19 in addition to usual illnesses.

“Because of that, we’ve had to combine several classes at secondary schools and move them into alternative spaces,” O’Donnell said. “At the elementary level, we have been shifting faculty, staff and substitute teachers among classrooms and buildings. This has affected our operations areas as well, including food services and transportation.”

O’Donnell said while the district has been able to manage up to this point, continuing in this manner is not sustainable.

“We are now at a tipping point,” he said.

O’Donnell is hopeful that this remote period will give the district time to restore staffing levels and provide a pathway back into schools. At this time, the district is working through the logistics of how they will operate during those two weeks including how to navigating food services and instructional support centers for students receiving special education.

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