Eleven days after Shirley B. Jones, of Edgewater Park, was hospitalized with the coronavirus, her doctor asked her husband: What do you want to do? Hours later, he decided to have her removed from a ventilator, and in a few minutes his wife of nearly 50 years had died.
By 9 a.m., Jill Hammel’s kindergarteners can log in online to get their assignments. Twice a week, they get special time individually with her to read a favorite story and share their new normalcy outside of the classroom.
“It’s really hard to keep them contained. They’re just like magnets, when they know you’re doing something important,” said Monica Gilson, of Collegeville. “It’s definitely hitting some additional nerves.”
“You’re going to have districts that are much better resourced to do something like online learning than other districts,” said Mark DiRocco, executive director of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators.
Board President Adam Sangillo said Superintendent Lawrence Mussoline “grabbed the reins of a district in need of major rebuilding and clear leadership.” He said Mussoline had “righted the ship" and credited him with leading long-range strategic planning and promoting diversity.
West Chester is the largest university in Pennsylvania's state system, serving more than 17,000 students. About 5,100 of them lived on campus, but most will not be permitted to return after spring break.