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August 6, 2020
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Wolf Administration Provides Recommendation for School and Recreational Youth Sports

Harrisburg, Pa. The Pennsylvania Department of Health and Department of Education today jointly recommended that Pre-K12 school and recreational youth sports be postponed until at least Jan. 1, 2021, to protect children and teens from COVID-19.

The administration is providing this strong recommendation and not an order or mandate. As with deciding whether students should return to in-person classes, remote learning or a blend of the two this fall, school administrators and locally elected school boards should make decisions on sports.

Highlights of the recommendation to pause youth sports until Jan. 1, 2021:

The administration is updating existing sports guidance to reflect this recommendation. 

The administration recognizes the importance of getting children back to school, while also protecting the safety and well-being of students and educators. Guidance for schools is available. The guidance represents endorsed best public health practices related to social distancing, face coverings, hand hygiene, and cleaning and disinfecting in school settings. It also outlines how to accommodate individuals with disabilities or chronic conditions, procedures for monitoring symptoms, and responding to confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in the school community. 

MEDIA CONTACTS: Nate Wardle, Health, 717-787-1783 or ra-dhpressoffice@pa.gov
                                  Eric Levis, Education, 717-783-9802 or elevis@pa.gov

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