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University of Scranton outlines safety plan for fall semester

SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – The University of Scranton has outlined how it plans to safely begin the fall semester.

It will offer both in-person and online courses when the semester begins August 17.

The University has laid-out its plan on a page called “Royals Safe Together.”

Dorm students will move in the weekend of August 15th and 16th in different intervals to limit building population.

International students and students from state considered COVID “hot spots” should quarantine in Pennsylvania for 14 days.

School districts faced with decision on how to reopen amidst COVID-19

SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) In-person, hybrid or online learning. That’s the question many districts are trying to answer, including parents.

Many school districts have released options for this fall. Will you have your child learning in-person, online or both? That’s the million dollar question during COVID-19.

Rosemary Boland, president of the Scranton Federation of Teachers, says she believes online is the best options for students and teachers across the state—however.

Dept. of Health to hire 1,000 more COVID-19 contact tracers

HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced their partnership with a staffing agency to hire 1,000 COVID-19 contact tracers.

Insight Global will assist the department of health in recruiting, hiring and training 1,000 contact tracers to collaborate with local health departments in responding to COVID-19.

The hourly rates for these positions range from $18 to $22 an hour for contact tracers and $22 to $24 an hour for both the contact tracing supervisors and care resource managers.

Pennsylvania covers the cost of mail-in and absentee voting for all

HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) In a release from the PA Department of State, Pennsylvania announced that all mail-in and absentee ballots will have their postage cost covered by the state to ensure that the election is as accessible as possible to all Pennsylvanians.

Eligible voters can apply online to have an absentee or mail-in ballot sent to them through the mail, download and print a form that can then be mailed to their election office to request a ballot be sent or go to their county election office in person to request a ballot.

Gov. Wolf dispels rumors of statewide school closures

HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Governor Tom Wolf dispelled rumors that he would be making an announcement regarding the upcoming school year.

Wolf took to Twitter on Friday to clear the air of rumors swirling saying he would be soon mandating a statewide school building closure, or canceling in-person classes this fall.

Montoursville National Night Out canceled

MONTOURSVILLE, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — The Montoursville Police Department announced via Facebook that their National Night Out will be canceled this year.

According to their post, the mayor and police department have decided it’s unacceptable to hold the event in coordination with Governor Tom Wolf’s COVID-19 guidelines.

But they came up with another way to celebrate the popular event.

On Tuesday, August 4th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. a police officer will come to your residence with a professional photographer and take photos with you and your family.

High school athletes react to not having spectators for fall sports

SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) High school athletes can expect to have no spectators in the stands come this fall.

This comes as the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, Inc. (PIAA) announced Wednesday that school districts in the state can proceed with fall sports under guidelines.

Further clarifying, PIAA released a statement on Thursday:

Pennsylvania school leaders to state: We need more help

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s existing reopening guidance for schools is too vague, and superintendents and school boards need more specifics from the state Department of Health about how to do it safely, a superintendents group said Monday following a call with Wolf administration officials.

The superintendents asked for more concrete recommendations from the administration of Gov. Tom Wolf as they make decisions on how, and whether, to welcome students back to the classroom this fall, including what to do if a teacher or student tests positive for the coronavirus.

Cinemark in Moosic reopening on Friday

MOOSIC, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) A long-awaited sign of normalcy during this pandemic is returning to northeastern Pennsylvania. Cinemark in Moosic is reopening Friday to welcome movie-goers for the first time since March.

Cinemark says it has taken several COVID-19 safety measures and is offering discounted ticket prices to entice movie-goers to return to the theater.

Reporter Mark Hiller will take a look at those measures and gauge the community’s response tonight on Eyewitness News at 7.

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