Teacher reinstated after pancake suspension


A Lancaster school teacher who was suspended after he made pancakes for students during PSSA tests has returned to his classroom, the teacher’s union said Thursday.

Kyle Byler, an eighth-grade teacher at Hand Middle School, was suspended last week.

A district spokeswoman said Byler didn’t have permission to cook in the classroom during the testing and if he had, “the response would have been that such activities would distract the teacher from the required duties as a test proctor.”

The Lancaster Education Association said Byler didn’t break any rules.

“There is no official protocol that says a teacher may not make a hot nutritious breakfast during PSSA testing,” the union said in a statement. “The Lancaster Education Association will be working with the administration to clarify expectations as related to serving food during future testing.”

The union called Byler “a dedicated and excellent teacher and coach.”

“This would have been a great loss to the School District of Lancaster,” the statement reads. “We are thankful that the administration realized this before it was too late.”

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