Reopening Our Schools
District staff has been hard at work to ensure the safe return of students. Guided by the expertise and recommendations of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Pennsylvania Department of Health, Allegheny Health Department and District health officials, PPS has put in place multiple safeguards to support the safe reopening of schools.
On November 2, 2020, the Board approved a resolution authorizing Superintendent Anthony Hamlet to formulate a phased plan for the instruction and support of those students whose educational needs require in-person live instruction. The action further stipulates that any students not identified by the Administration to begin in-person instruction on November 9, will remain in remote instruction through January 3, 2021, and no later than January 25, 2021. Families who have chosen to remain in full-time E-Learning (Cohort C) will stay in remote instruction until additional students can be returned safely. The Board's resolution may be amended at the recommendation of the Superintendent.
On November 13, new numbers from the Pennsylvania Department of Health related to the conditions of COVID-19 across the state and in Allegheny County prompted Superintendent Anthony Hamlet to transition all students to full-time E-Learning. Due to expected increases in COVID-19 cases following the winter holiday season, Dr. Anthony Hamlet has recommended that the phase-in of students begin with the return of staff on February 1, 2021, followed by the return of identified students on February 8, 2021.