Shikellamy superintendent prepared for reopening

Shikellamy School District superintendent Dr. Jason Bendle talks during a meeting at the CSIU regarding opening schools up in the fall.

SUNBURY — Superintendent Jason Bendle says Shikellamy is prepared for the start of the school year and the district will continue to adapt to the ever-changing state guidelines.

“We will do what we have to do to make sure all the students, staff and parents are safe,” he said.

“When the guidelines change we will do what we have to do.”

Bendle sat down with The Daily Item last week for a One on One interview which can be viewed at

Bendle also addressed the ongoing issue with what will happen to fall sports after Gov. Tom Wolf made a surprise announcement last week that he recommends high school sports not resume until 2021.

“We are just waiting to see what will happen,” he said. “Things are constantly changing and I would have never expected anything like COVID-19 to hit.”

Bendle, who led the way for Valley superintendents in creating reopening plans for districts, said he wanted to thank other superintendents for their willingness in all working together on safety plans.

“This was all a group effort and we are all doing the best we can during this,” he said.

“We hope to get going smoothly and we will address any issues that may pop up.”

Bendle has been hosting a series of meetings with Shikellamy parents about the reopening of schools. All the meetings took place at the high school football stadium where parents were able to be socially distanced.

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