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§ 5-520. Temporary emergency war provisions

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated StatutesTitle 24 P.S. Education

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated Statutes
Title 24 P.S. Education
Chapter 1. Public School Code of 1949 (Refs & Annos)
Article V. Duties and Powers of Boards of School Directors (Refs & Annos)
24 P.S. § 5-520
§ 5-520. Temporary emergency war provisions
(a) Whenever, during the continuance of any war in which this Nation is or may become engaged, it shall be found as a fact by the board of school directors of any school district and so recorded on the minutes of a regular or special meeting of such board and certified to the Department of Public Instruction,1 that the normal operation of the schools, as required by this act, in respect to any of the matters hereinafter set forth, shall interfere with the prosecution of such war, such board of school directors shall have power to put into operation in such school district any one or more temporary emergency war provisions authorized by this act, but in no event longer than for a period of one year after the cessation of the hostilities of such war.
(b) Subject to the foregoing provisions, any board of school directors may--
(1) Keep the schools of the district in session such days and number of days per week as they shall deem necessary or desirable, but the provisions of this act requiring a minimum of one hundred eighty (180) session days as a school year shall not be affected thereby;
(2) Extend the length of the school days in such manner as to make it possible to complete and to accredit a calendar day as a full school day and a fractional portion of an additional school day;
(3) Suspend temporarily the regular session of any class or classes, or close temporarily any school or all the schools of the district as an emergency war measure, or when the Governor by proclamation so directs. The days on which the regular sessions of classes or schools are so suspended or closed shall be recorded and credited as if they were days taught: Provided, That in no instance shall the session so suspended or closed exceed thirty school days during any school term for any pupil except by special wartime emergency proclamation by the Governor;
(4) Adjust the assignment and reassignment of teachers in such fields, subjects, schedules and semesters or other periods of work and in such schools as their preparation, experience and certification may qualify them. No such temporary emergency assignment or reassignment shall reduce the annual compensation any teacher receives at the time of such assignment or reassignment, nor shall the emergency assignment, reassignment or the return to the original type of assignment when the emergency has ended be deemed to be a demotion under the tenure provisions of this act;
(5) Grant farm and conservation employment permits to pupils who have attained the age of fourteen years and have completed the sixth grade or equivalent thereof, and to enable group participation by pupils regularly enrolled in schools in seasonal farm and conservation activities. The word “conservation” as used in this clause shall mean the conserving, preserving, guarding or protecting of crops, forests and rivers;
(6) Accept the certification of the family physician of any child as satisfactory proof of suitable physical condition for the issuance of any farm or conservation permit granted during the period of emergency;
(7) Make such arrangements for extending the use of school buses or other school transportation facilities as may seem desirable for the transportation of teachers, as well as pupils, or for otherwise furthering the war and civilian defense effort;
(8) Provide, in lieu of pupil transportation required by law, tuition to a school in another district, when educational facilities can thus be made available, without requiring such pupils to walk more than two miles to the school to which the pupil has been assigned. The above provisions shall also apply in any case where the Department of Public Instruction determines that a revision of existing transportation practices will result in the more economical use of school facilities and the conservation of transportation equipment;
(9) Obtain the full State subsidy provided for fully and regularly certificated teachers when, at the request of the responsible school district, the Superintendent of Public Instruction has issued to a teacher temporarily employed, a special emergency wartime certificate to teach in the subject or field for which wartime emergency conditions make it necessary to employ such teacher.


1949, March 10, P.L. 30, No. 14, art. V, § 520. Amended 1970, Jan. 14, P.L. (1969) 468, § 9, effective July 1, 1970; 1970, May 4, P.L. 326, No. 103, § 1.


Now Department of Education; see 71 P.S. §§ 1037, 1038.
24 P.S. § 5-520, PA ST 24 P.S. § 5-520
Current through Act 13 of the 2024 Regular Session. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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