Dust off the Desks: Bucks County Schools Are Awakening from COVID Hibernation


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Bucks County schools — buoyed improving COVID numbers and increased vaccinations — are either bringing students back onsite or eyeing plans to do so soon, writes Peg Quann for the Bucks County Courier Times

Dr. David Damsker, director of the Bucks County Department of Health, is encouraged by the progress made, albeit slow. He hopes for a return to fulltime, in-class learning by the fall. 

“I’ve been saying since last May that children should be in school,” Damsker said. “Everything has gone well in all the school districts that have been open. There’s no data to indicate schools are unsafe.” 

There have been no large outbreaks in public or private schools in Bucks County, including any parochial or private school holding Monday-to-Friday, non-Zoom classwork since September. 

Plans to swing doors wide open in the fall, however, hinge on several factors, including vaccination rates for teachers and school staff. 

Likely, mask mandates will remain, depending on where infection rates are when summer winds to its end.  

Damsker said he was “pleasantly surprised” by how easily younger children have adapted to masking. But he would like to see them go to school without the need for masks, once older children and adults are vaccinated.   

“The kids need to be let loose,” he said. 

Read more about the reopening of schools in the Bucks County Courier Timeshere

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