School board votes in favor of shutdown until December 11


Aaron Laird

For the second time this year, face-to-face classes at B-A have been suspended to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Yesterday evening the rumors were confirmed by the school board that students at BA will not be returning after Thanksgiving break until the 11th. Students will be instead learning virtual in the comfort and safety of their own homes. 

Students will be logging on to Microsoft teams on their iPad to join in to classes that will be streamed by the school. Teachers will remain at school and will be giving lessons through the app. 

“Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in the community, the Bellwood-Antis school board held an emergency meeting this afternoon,” said superintendent, Dr. McInroy. “The Board voted to transition from in-person learning to remote learning for all K-12 students beginning Tuesday, December 1st through Friday December 11th. All extra curricular activities, including PIAA sports, are canceled through Friday, December 11th as well. Our district will continue to evaluate the conditions in our community and a decision will be made prior to December 11th as to whether we will remain in remote learning, move to hybrid, or revert back to face-to-face instruction.” 

There is no guarantee that students will return back to school after the 11th as scheduled, but the district is doing all that it can to keep it’s students in class, while keeping their safety as the main priority.