Sunday, May 24, 2020

COVID-19 Shuts Down Blue Ridge

By: Leah Rippy/Sophomore Writer

UPDATE: To mitigate possible future risk, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has announced “that all K-12 Pennsylvania schools will be closed for 10 business days effective Monday, March 16.”

The decision, says Wolf, was not made in isolation but rather “with school districts as well as state and local officials to gather input on this decision.”

According to Wolf’s website, at the end of ten days he will “reevaluate and decide whether continued closure is needed.”

What does that mean for the Blue Ridge community?

Superintendent Matthew Button released a statement saying the following:

  • The school’s food service department will be offering bagged lunches and snacks starting on Tuesday, March 17. Pick-up will be at the elementary temporary office entrance from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM.
  • The Food pantry will remain as scheduled on Tuesday, March 17 from 3:30 to 5:30 PM.
  • After-school activities (sports practices and middle school dance) will remain as scheduled for today. Friday, March 13.
  • During the school closure all extra-curricular activities will be canceled.

Button also says: “During the closure our school district will continue to communicate with our school community as we receive new information.”

To see Wolf’s full statement, consult the governor’s website at


Amid Coronavirus concerns, all NEIU (Northeast Intermediate Unit) school districts will be CLOSED the week of March 16th. The days missed will be handled as though they were snow days and will need to be made up at the end of the year. Also, during the week of 3/16, all after school activities will be canceled, including planned sports games and high school musical practice.

Due to the contagiousness and uncertainty surrounding the Coronavirus, many schools are delaying or canceling planned events. Prom will be POSTPONED UNTIL May 29th. The High School Musical Fiddler on the Roof has been postponed until further notice.

The District highly recommends that all members of the community follow the CDC’s steps of illness prevention. The steps include: keeping sick children at home, washing hands frequently with hot soapy water for at least 20 seconds, using hand sanitizer with an alcohol content of at least 60%, avoiding touching your mouth, eyes or nose with unwashed hands. Further information about the virus can be found at

Official Blue Ridge Statement on COVID-19

Leah Rippy
Leah Rippy is a first year journalism student walking the halls of Blue Ridge for the first time. She is an avid reader and gamer who is excited to see what Blue Ridge has in store for her that her old school did not.


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