When it comes to opening schools, Trump has to either put up or shut up

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Open the schools! Or else. Says President Donald Trump. Okay, there’s almost no one (besides a few kids, maybe) who do not want to see our public schools reopen this fall. My college-age kids are counting the minutes they can return to their campus. As great as our teachers have done over video, there’s no question that kids learn better in the classroom and benefit...

Continuing the conversation about race

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa Like it or not, we need to keep talking about race. While the killing of George Floyd was the straw that broke the camel’s back, the rising level of anger over racism has been growing for years. Since Donald Trump’s election, those who hate on the basis of skin color seem to feel like they have been given a green light to openly express their racism....

COVID-19 Update, April 9: Wolf moves to close schools for remainder of the year

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Gov. Tom Wolf moved Thursday to end all in person school instruction for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, as the state added nearly 2,000 new positive COVID-19 cases, although the number of deaths dropped to 29 on Wednesday after having been in the 70s the previous two days. Wolf announced the extension of the schools closure, noting he made the decision in...

Wolf orders Chesco to ‘Stay At Home”; local cases spike to 30

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Gov. Tom Wolf issued a “stay at home” order for six counties, including Chester County, as cases of COVID-19 spiked locally and across the state, including six deaths across the state. Wolf announced the order Monday afternoon, which will be effective Monday night at 8pm. “Today, I’m issuing a Stay at Home order for Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Monroe,...

1st COVAD-19 case in Chesco; county moves to emergency plans; Gov. closes state schools for 2 weeks

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Chester County Commissioners Chair Marian Moskowitz details the county’s emergency plans in wake of the COVAD-19 pandemic. WEST CHESTER — In light of the emerging COVAD-19 crisis, state and county officials are moving quickly to ensure social distancing and put both the state and Chester County on an emergency footing, closing schools, severely limiting the...

Roe urges school to apply for safety grants

State Rep. Eric Roe (R-158) Rep. Eric Roe (R-158) is encouraging schools to apply for funding to help with safety equipment and resources from the new School Safety and Security Grant Program by Oct. 12 to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, which is administering the new program. “As a parent myself, I understand the importance of preserving our children’s safety at all times,...

Pocopson, State Police discuss school safety issues

By Karen Cresta, Staff Writer, The Times POCOPSON – Monday, August 27, was back to school for Unionville Chadds Ford School District (UCFSD) students and school safety was the perfect on-point topic for the Pocopson Township Supervisors. Lt. Michelle Swantner, Station Commander of Avondale State Police Barracks, spoke during the public comment portion of the meeting about security measures in place...

UCF seeks public input on grounds & facilities plan

By JP Phillips, Staff Writer, The Times The Unionville-Chadds Ford School District is looking for public feedback on the long-term grounds proposal. EAST MARLBOROUGH — This past spring, the Unionville-Chadds Ford School Board hired a consultant to recommend the best use of roads, parking areas, and athletic facilities located on the high school, middle school and Unionville Elementary campuses. ...

Survey suggests UCF students get more sleep after schedule change

By JP Phillips, Staff Writer, The Times Unionville High School is preparing to greet students on the first day of school–Aug. 27. EAST MARLBOROUGH — Unionville-Chadds Ford School District’s “Start Time Initiative,” implemented last year, may be reaping rewards. At Monday night’s School Board Work Session, Assistant Superintendent John Nolen compared two years of student “Cleveland...

The Chester County Intermediate Unit: Supporting education across the county

By JP Phillips, Staff Writer, The Times I’ve driven by the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) Boot Road campus dozens of times.  Except for attending a Forensics (Speech and Debate) competition there once and knowing my neighbor provided CCIU-contracted early intervention services in area homes, I knew nothing else. Apparently, I am not alone in my ignorance.    Send...