Education Secretary visits York County Elementary School to encourage healthy habits

York, Pennsylvania – Pennsylvania Department of Education Secretary Dr Noe Ortega today visited Yorkshire Elementary School in the York Suburban School District to highlight how students in the area remain healthy and safe in an unprecedented new school year, and encourages them to adopt healthy and sustainable hygiene habits.

“The York Suburban School District and Yorkshire Primary School do an outstanding job of ensuring that their students, teachers and their community stay safe and healthy, and we commend them for their efforts,” said Dry. Ortega. “By being proactive and engaged, the district has allowed its students to stay in class, with limited disruption to learning and extracurricular activities, which is exactly what we were hoping for at the start of this new school year.

During the event, Sec. Ortega read the book “A Germ’s Journey” to a first grade class. The book was written in 2011 by Thom Rooke, MD and illustrated by Tony Trimmer.

Currently, students 12 and older are eligible and encouraged to get the COVID-19 vaccine, which is one of the best ways to continue learning in person.

The state Department of Health strives to ensure that the vaccine is provided in an ethical, fair, and effective manner for all Pennsylvanians. Use Vaccine Finder to find a COVID-19 vaccine supplier near you.

Throughout the 2020-21 school year, PDE has regularly provided technical assistance and advice to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to support teaching while navigating the pandemic, and PDE will continue to support LEAs as they continue to operate. ‘they are sailing in the 2021-22 school year. This includes the final chapter of the PDE roadmap for education leaders; Accelerated learning thanks to an integrated support system. This toolkit includes a professional learning series for principals and educators to help address student learning loss and other issues caused by the pandemic.

In addition, PDE has sent regular correspondence to schools with up-to-date processes, procedures and information as it develops. These updates are available on the What’s New page on the PDE website.

“Over the past year and a half, our students and schools have had to adjust to a new normal and implement new practices to keep themselves and others safe,” added Sec. Ortega. “These practices, such as frequent hand washing, cleaning foods before eating, and covering their mouths when coughing or sneezing, will help students develop healthy habits throughout their lives, prevent spreading disease and ensuring they can stay safely in the classroom, this is where they belong and where they want to be.

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