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HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Pennsylvania Department of Education said all schools in the state will be closed through at least April 6 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education said Monday all schools in the commonwealth will remain closed through at least April 6 as a result of the COVID-19 response efforts. The closure order could be extended beyond April 6 if necessary.

When it’s determined that students can return to school, administrators, teachers and other staff will be given two days to prepare classrooms, set up cafeterias, schedule transportation and arrange other business operations. Students would return on the third day.

Schools in the state have been closed since March 16.

To assist schools during the extended closure, Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera said the state’s 29 intermediate units are ready to provide technical assistance to help develop continuity of education plans for all students.

Secretary Rivera cancelled standardized testing for students in career and technical education programs for the 2019-20 school year. These include exams from the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute and National Institute of Metalworking Skills.

Last Thursday the department cancelled all PSSA testing and Keystone exams for the 2019-20 school year, as well as the Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment.

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