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Lebanon County schools are solidifying plans on how to finish the 2019-20 academic year without students returning to their classrooms.
“This is hard for all of us,” Lebanon School District superintendent Arthur Abrom said Friday.
“Schools are based on relationships and our ability to see our students every day,” he said. “Especially our seniors—the things they’re losing out on. They’re unable to play sports or put on a musical. They’re unable to have a prom. It breaks our hearts for them.”
Abrom and the county’s other school superintendents have been holding frequent discussions so all public school students in Lebanon County can expect a consistent approach to the remaining school year.
“It’s a different environment,” Northern Lebanon School District superintendent Gary Messinger told LebTown recently. “The teachers have done a fantastic job. Across the board, the staff has responded incredibly well.”
News on April 9 that schools would remain closed through the end of the year “confirmed what I was anticipating all along,” Palmyra Area School District superintendent Bernie Kepler said. “We knew it was likely this was going to happen.”
That signaled school administrators it was time to make decisions to assure long-term continuity in local education, he said, while advancing the curriculum for students so they’re prepared for the next school year.
“We’re looking at ways to formalize things, particularly at the high school level,” Kepler