Two Westmoreland County school districts are shifting instruction online to help stamp out a COVID-19 outbreak following a state Department of Education recommendation Monday to close all schools in the county.
But Hempfield Area School District directors voted, 8-1, Monday to ignore the state’s recommendation and keep classrooms open for students. Two additional districts confirmed they will discuss their options, and another canceled plans to move to five-day, in-person classes until at least November.
Hempfield school director Diane Cibatoni cast the lone dissenting vote against staying open, an option also supported by Superintendent Tammy Wolicki. Hempfield is the biggest school district in Westmoreland, with 5,300 students affected by the vote.