News Live 365: July 17th, 2020

Pennsylvania’s Departments of Health and Education have updated guidelines for reopening schools across the state. The goal according to Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine is to provide the groundwork for a safe return to classes for school students. The guidelines leave it up to each school district whether they will have in person classes, use remote learning, or take some sort of hybrid approach. Many local school districts are still writing their safety plans for the 2020-2021 school year, some districts such as PennCrest in Crawford County will be revealing their preliminary plans next week and finalizing them in August.

Governor Tom Wolf announced a $50 million grant program to provide wage boosts to essential workers in qualifying fields. The grant program which comes from CARES Act funds is designed to provide workers in qualifying industries who make less than $20 an hour an additional $3 an hour in hazard pay up to $1,200 over a 10 week period from August 16th to October 24th. The program will be administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development which encourages eligible employers to apply for the grant funding by July 31st by visiting this website.