Back To School: Radnor, Springfield Montco school boards vote for all-virtual start after lengthy meetings

Wednesday, August 19, 2020
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Radnor and Springfield township districts approved an all-virtual start during lengthy school board meetings.

RADNOR TWP., Pennsylvania (WPVI) -- Two area school districts voted on plans to start the school year with all virtual learning after lengthy meetings.

It was just before 1:30 a.m. Wednesday when the Radnor Township School District passed a motion to start all-virtual, scrapping the hybrid model it announced in July.

The motion passed by the board with a vote of 5-4.

RELATED: Chester County Health Department recommends schools to start virtually, in Delco too

The meeting lasted more than six hours.

Last Friday, the Chester County Health Department issued a recommendation that all schools in the county, as well as in Delaware County, start virtual.

This in contrast to the guidance provided by the state days earlier, that supported a hybrid opening. The governor has said he will leave reopening plans up to each district.

According to the Board of Directors, Radnor's plan is the district will start all-virtual through October 9. On September 22, there will be a special board meeting where they will look at the metrics and select a reentry plan for families that could begin on October 12 or sooner.

While late Tuesday night, the Springfield Township School District in Montgomery County also approved an all-virtual start during a four-hour meeting.

During the meeting, Springfield Township School Board President Dr. Karen Taratuski said, "There's a lot that we can't control. We can't control health. We can't control the recommendations coming from the Department of Education. We can't control how the virus is transmitted, but we can control how we educate students."

Several student-athletes from the Springfield district rallied earlier in the night, trying to convince school officials to allow fall sports.