All In to Reopen Our Schools
On the heels of preliminary guidance for the phased reopening of schools by Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera, Pittsburgh Public Schools, Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers (PFT) and One PA launched All In to Reopen Our Schools. The effort aims to bring the Pittsburgh community together to plan the safe and successful reopening of schools this fall.
“As a caregiver to tens of thousands of children, we see the plan for reopening our schools essential to the effective reopening of the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, said Superintendent Anthony Hamlet, Ed.D. "Through our partnership with the PFT and One Pa, I am sure we can design a plan that considers all voices and will put Pittsburgh on the map as a true innovator in these unprecedented times."
The All In to Reopen Our Schools plan was developed by 14 subcommittees, composed of a cross-section of stakeholders, within four categories:
- Academic Programming and Instructional Support
- Family Support & Wellbeing
- School Operations for a Safe and Healthy Environment
- Communications, Outreach and Community Coordination
A fifth category, Academic Personnel and Developing Capacity is an internal working group that is not moving recommendation at this time.
“The PFT has been eager to work with the Pittsburgh Public Schools on a plan that will bring our students and staff back to school safely,” said Nina Esposito Visgitis, President Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers. “Teachers have valiantly embraced our remote learning reality, but of course, they are eager to get back inside of the classroom, where teaching and learning flourish best.