2020-21 Reopening

2020-21 Reopening

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The North Hills School District is temporarily operating in the Virtual model Wednesday, Nov. 18 through Friday, Dec. 4 as outlined in the approved North Hills School District's Phased Reopening Health and Safety Plan. All students should join their classes remotely on school days.

Hybrid is scheduled to resume in all buildings on Monday, Dec. 7.

This shift to Virtual is a result of the current surge in COVID-19 cases in the community. Allegheny County's Community Transmission Level as defined by the Pennsylvania Department of Health is substantial. When substantial, Virtual is the recommended operational model.

The Community Transmission Level metric weighs two factors from the most recent seven day period; the incidence rate per 100,000 residents and percent positivity rate. The two statistics together lead to a county’s transmission rate, which can be low, moderate or substantial.

Schedules & Attendance

School Day Schedules

All students follow Traditional school start and end times for their building regardless of the instructional model, whether the student is remote or in-person or if there is an unplanned school closure related to COVID, the weather or another factor.

In Hybrid, Group A students with last names A-L attend in-person on Monday and Tuesday and virtually Wednesday through Friday. Group B students with last names M-Z attend school virtually Monday through Wednesday and in-person on Thursday and Friday.* Lessons are streamed live from teachers’ classrooms so both in-person and remote students can watch, however, interactions with the teacher and remote students may be limited during the live instruction.

*Exceptions apply on weeks with scheduled days off. Subject to change on short notice to due COVID-19.

Daily Attendance

The online attendance form must be submitted for each school day a student is attending virtually. Students will submit their attendance in-person as instructed by their first period or homeroom teacher.

Students can choose to attend school virtually on days they could attend in-person if they are ill, in quarantine or not comfortable attending in-person but online attendance form must be completed to be counted as present.

Elementary families should notify their school's main office or Child Check Line if a student is not attending in-person on a day they typically do. All students should also notify their teacher(s) as a courtesy and to ensure the lines of communication are open.

Before and After School Care

There is no district morning or after school care or YMCA after care in the Virtual or Hybrid operating models. Information regarding the YMCA's full day care program can be found here.

Student Meals

All student meals are free through the 2020-21 school year via the cafeteria on in-person school days or curbside pick up on all school days with virtual instruction.

Curbside meals must be pre-ordered at this link. Daily and weekly pick up options are available.

COVID-19 In Our Schools

All NHSD families will be notified of all known COVID-19 cases in the district. Communication will be sent through the district's normal modes of communication including email, district website, app and social media. Cases can also be viewed at any time on the district's COVID-19 Tracker.

Visit our COVID-19 section for information on what to do if a student or staff member is postiive for COVID-19 or if there is known exposure.

Health & Safety

All students, staff members and families are reminded to follow CDC health and safety guidelines at all times; wear a mask, keep your distance, get a flu shot, if possible, and if you are sick, please stay home!

Travel & Quarantine

Students and staff members who travel during the school year must follow current state guidance as to when they can return in-person teaching or learning in our buildings. This includes a 14-day quarantine period and/or negative COVID-19 test as required.

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