Suburban Philly Schools Close Due To COVID Cases

PENNSYLVANIA — Two southeastern Pennsylvania school districts announces school closures due to the coronavirus on the heels of their winter breaks.

The Upper Darby and Lower Merion school districts closed schools Monday as case counts rise.

In Upper Darby, Beverly Hills Middle School closed Monday due to “significant staff concerns” with teachers, the district said Sunday.

Students are learning virtually Monday and the district is reassessing staffing issues Monday.

“Our ability to keep our schools open will require us to focus on mitigating the transmission of Covid-19 in our schools and our ability to staff our classrooms,” the district said in its announcement.

In Lower Merion, the district closed all its schools Monday due to local and county increased coronavirus statistics, new quarantining guidelines, contact tracing issues, and more.

If district schools have adequate staffing, in-person learning will resume Tuesday.

Students will also have the option to learn virtually through Jan. 14.

“We will continue to update you on any changes to this plan going forward,” District Superintendent Khalid Mumin said in a letter to the community. “We know that changes do cause difficulties to families, but are grateful for your understanding and flexibility as we work to protect everyone’s health and safety under rapidly changing circumstances.”

District staff were called in to work Monday, which Mumin said was to allow educators to prepare a potential increase in virtual learning among students, assess which schools may need to shift to virtual learning, test staff, and more.

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