PITTSBURGH -- After this week’s surge in COVID-19 cases, Allegheny County has moved into the “Substantial” Level of Community Transmission as defined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. When Substantial, full remote learning is the department’s recommended operational model.
Dr. Mannarino briefed the school board Thursday evening on these developments and the district is evaluating the situation based on the recommendations of the Allegheny County Health Department. At this time, we plan to remain Hybrid next week, however, we will be closely watching district cases over the weekend and into next week.
Additionally, with the Thanksgiving holiday approaching, we are making the following changes to the calendar:
Beginning Monday, Nov. 23, all buildings will operate in the Virtual model through Friday, Dec. 4.
Students will attend classes remotely on Monday, Nov. 23, Tuesday, Nov. 24 and Tuesday, Dec. 1 through Friday, Dec. 4. There is no school Wednesday, Nov. 25 through Monday, Nov. 30 due to the holiday.
Sports and activities will continue as scheduled during this temporary closure. All athletics will follow safety precautions and protocols as outlined in the district’s Return to Play Health and Safety Plan adopted last summer.
Hybrid is scheduled to resume in all buildings on Monday, Dec. 7 but we will be keeping a close eye on the numbers in our district and consulting with the Allegheny County Health Department.
Our students and staff continue to follow our safety protocols. They are wearing their mask and keeping safe social distances between others. We believe that our Health and Safety Plan is working in Hybrid.
This temporary closure is to both preserve the Thanksgiving holiday for our families and to give us the best shot at consistent in-person instruction in December. It will also ensure our students and staff are safe when we return to in-person instruction on Dec. 7.