• - When will schools reopen?

New Student-Support Category Model

  • - How will students be prioritized to return to in-person instruction?

  • - Why was a criteria established for support categories?

  • - How did the District determine which students fall into each support category?

  • - How was the selection criteria established?

  • - How will I be notified of my child’s support category and their date of return to in-person learning?

  • - Can siblings return at the same time even though they are in different support categories?

  • - When will my child be returning to school if they are in support category 4?

  • - When will my child be returning to school if they are in support category 3?

  • - When will my child be returning to school if they are in support category 2?**

  • - When will my child be returning to school if they are in support category 1?**

  • - What if I do not want my child to return but he/she is in a support category?**

  • - What days will my child attend school?

Class of 2021

  • - Will there be in-person commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2021**

  • - Will there be proms this school year? **


  • - Will transportation be available for all students? **

  • -What is the District doing to address the school bus shortage? **

  • How many students need transportation in Support Categories 1 and 2?**?

  • What can families do to help get all students back for in-person hybrid learning?**

  • - How will students who ride Port Authority receive a bus pass?

  • - How will transportation to school be different?

  • - Will students riding yellow busses or vans be required to wear masks and social distance?**

  • - Will students riding Port Authority transportation be required to wear masks and social distance?

  • - Would children be able to catch a school bus rather than take Port Authority bus?

  • - Will the District continue to provide transportation to students that live in the City of Pittsburgh but attend private, parochial or charter schools? **

  • - How will the District ensure my child’s safety on Port Authority Transit?

  • - When will families receive information regarding transportation? **

  • - What if I do not want to use Yellow Bus or Port Authority transportation?

  • - Will students attending school on a PS-6 transfer receive transportation?

Food Service

  • - How will breakfast and lunch be served to students when they return to school?

  • - Are students allowed to bring food for lunch?

  • - Where will students eat?

  • - Will the cafeteria be open?

  • - How will breakfast and lunch be served to students participating in eLearning?

Building Capacity and Social Distancing

  • - Will the District change the setup of classrooms to maintain three feet clearance, per updated guidance from the CDC released, March 19, 2021?

  • - What is the max number of students per classroom?

  • - What will in-school social distancing look like?

  • - What is the distance between student desks?

  • - Will cafeterias & gym space be turned into classrooms to maintain social distancing?

Updated Parent Feedback Survey

  • - What kind of survey will be administered to families?

  • - What is the objective the parent survey?

  • - When will the survey be administered?

  • - How will the survey be administrated?

Cleaning Procedures

  • - What will be the cleaning protocol for schools?

  • - What types of EPA products will the District use?

  • - How will the District’s schools and facilities be cleaned?

  • - What social distancing practices will be enforced?

  • - Will bus companies be required to follow a cleaning protocol?

  • - What is the District doing to improve ventilation?

Health and Wellness

  • - What happens if a student or teacher tests positive for COVID?

  • - Will students and teachers be required to wear mask all day?

  • - If a teacher or student tests positive, does the whole class quarantine?

  • - How will social distancing work in classrooms and hallways?

  • - How will the District handle situations when a student refuses to wear a mask or takes off a mask during instruction?

  • - Will schools have nurses available at all times?

  • - What is the plan should there be a positive COVID case in a school location?

  • - How much input/suggestions are you getting from medical professionals such as the Allegheny County Health Department or UPMC/Allegheny Health Network?

  • - What is the procedure for the students and staff when they are in the classroom and school building?

  • - Will someone be doing temperature screenings at the door?

  • - Will students and staff be required to use hand sanitizer upon entering and exiting the classroom, or any other public spaces?

  • - Are masks required in school for elementary children and children in early head start and prekindergarten?

  • - Is Personal Protective Equipment available for student and staff?

Physical Education, Athletics, Student Activities and Recess

  • - Will children enrolled in full time eLearning get to participate in all school activities and sports if I choose the full time eLearning option?

  • - Will students swim at school?

  • - What will gym class look like for students?

  • - How will students participate in sports?

Supports for Students with Disabilities

  • - My child has special needs requiring more support. What will be offered in terms of additional support regardless of which school option is chosen?

  • - What are you going to do about kids that have sensory disorder outlined in their IEP and can’t wear a mask due to those issues?

  • - How will students with IEPs get the right type of learning to support them at home?

  • - How will the District support students with social/emotional needs?

  • - How will students receive behavioral health services?

  • - How is social distancing going to work in the autistic support classrooms?

Early Childhood Education

  • - What additional supports are provided for early learners?

  • - How are they doing Early Childhood Pre-K when there are 20 children who need to social distance?

  • - Are masks required in school for early head start and prekindergarten?

Supports for English Language Learners (EL)

  • - My child is an English Language Learner. How will their needs be met?

  • - Will the District continue using Talking Points to communicate with EL families?


  • - What is eLearning?

  • - What is the difference between synchronous and asynchronous learning?

  • - Is the curriculum the same in eLearning and what students will use when they return to in-school classes?

  • - What kind of professional training has occurred so that teachers were prepared to provide online instruction?

  • - Are there SPECIFIC teachers for the families who choose eLearning and separate teachers for the in-school option?

  • - Will students be able to take Advanced Placement courses online?

  • - Will all classes be recorded or will a teacher be teaching live?

  • - How is live teaching going to be offered to students in eLearning?

  • - What are the specific hours for eLearning?

  • - Will students participating in eLearning receive letter grades?

  • - Will students receive music and art education?

  • - What support will be in place for vulnerable households? For instance, a single parent with literacy issues and unable to assist their younger aged child with navigating online instructions?

  • - How does online instruction work, especially for the single parents who are still working full time hours?

  • - How will schools with major’s work?

  • - If students are in day care because parents have to work, who is going to help kids do work at specific times?

  • - What does grading look like for the 2020-2021 school year?


  • - Will the District provide all students with a device?

  • - Who is responsible for damages or broken equipment?

  • - Are cameras enabled on student devices?

  • - How will we support families that need Wi-Fi?

  • - What type of devices will each student receive?

  • - Who will help with technology challenges?

  • - Do iPads already have the programs needed installed onto them for the students, especially for Pre-k?

Parent Organizations and Volunteers

  • - Will PTOs and PTAs be permitted to hold meetings at school?

  • - Will PSCC meetings be held monthly?

  • - Can Parent Organizations continue to hold fundraisers and distribute fundraising items (subs, cookies, candy, etc.)?

Community Organizations

  • - Will students have access to before and aftercare at school?

  • - Will community partners be permitted in school?

  • - Will local providers offer free childcare?

Staff Focused

  • - Is the District making accommodations for the children of school staff who attend PPS?**

  • - When will the COVID-19 vaccine be available to teachers and staff?

  • - Is the vaccination of teachers required for the return of in-person instruction to occur?

  • - Does my health insurance coverage offered through the District cover COVID-19 testing?

  • - How can I receive coverage for COVID-19 testing if I do not have health coverage?