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District Offers Families Choice for 2020-2021 School Year

All In to Reopen Our Schools Preliminary Report July 14th


PITTSBURGH July 9, 2020 – Pittsburgh Public Schools is offering families choices for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year.  The District is asking families to let it know if they plan to send students back-to-school in-person or entirely online to support its planning for the safe and effective reopening of schools this fall. Superintendent Anthony Hamlet announced the choice for full online E-Learning as part of press briefing this afternoon.

“While we continue our All In planning for the safe and healthy reopening of schools, in this time of uncertainty, we know some families may not want their student to return to a brick and mortar school environment,” said Superintendent Anthony Hamlet. “We want to provide families with a choice on how their child receives instruction this upcoming school year.”

Families who prefer to have their students participate in a full-time online learning option (E-Learning) can enroll now at For planning purposes, the District request families notify it of their choice by July 20.   As part of E-learning, students will receive teacher-led instruction and independent student work. Students will remain assigned to their neighborhood school or magnet program for the 2020-2021 school year. Families choosing not to enroll their child in full-time online e-learning will automatically be enrolled for in-school instruction at their child’s current school of assignment.


All In to Reopen Our Schools Preliminary Report                                                           

As part of the All In reopening process, Pittsburgh Public Schools has brought together more than 300 stakeholders to form 14 subcommittees in the areas of academic programming and instructional support, family support and wellbeing, school operations for a safe and healthy environment, and communication, outreach and community coordination. 


The subcommittees have shared their recommendations for the best course of action to keep PPS students and staff safe during the reopening process with the Superintendent and Executive Cabinet. On Tuesday, July 14, Executive Cabinet will report to the full All In to Reopen Our Schools Committee on those recommendations that will move forward for 2020-2021.  The report will stream live on the District’s Facebook page at 5:00 PM.  For more information about the All In to Reopen Our Schools process, visit