The coronavirus on Smart Talk Thursday: School continuity plans, rural Pa disparities and watching for child abuse

It is not business as usual for Pennsylvania schools.

All K-12 schools have been closed in Pennsylvania for the last 10 days and none will be open through at least April 6.

What does this mean for learning continuity?

Pennsylvania Intermediate Units are tasked to provide technical assistance to the districts and provide help for school districts to develop continuity plans. Appearing on Thursday’s Smart Talk are Tom Gluck, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units, and Dr. Andria Saia, Ed.D., Executive Director, Capital Area Intermediate Unit #15 to discuss how IU’s will support the schools.

The digital divide is a significant impediment to any online school options. There are many areas of the state that do not have broadband internet coverage and often inconsistent cell service. What does this mean for rural schools?

Barry Denk, director of the Center for Rural PA joins us on Smart Talk to discuss the impact the coronavirus emergency is having on rural education, healthcare and hospitals.

Finally, during the stay-at-home and work-from-home mandate, there is concern for the welfare of children in abusive environments.

Angela Liddle is the president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance (for parenting resource support) and she appears on Thursday’s Smart Talk to address keeping children safe from abuse during the coronavirus emergency. If you believe that a child is at risk of abuse, call the toll-free intake line, 1-800-932-0313. This number is available 24 hours/seven days a week.

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