2020-21 Reopening

2020-21 Reopening



Beginning on Monday, March 1, all students will have the option to attend school in person four days a week on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, or attend school virtually and synchronously five days a week. Wednesday will remain an all-virtual day for all students.

Regardless if the in-person option is chosen, a student can choose to remain virtual on any day. This includes if the student gets sick or is required to quarantine due to COVID-19 exposure.

The following changes go into effect on March 1:

  • All students attending school remotely are expected to join their teacher’s scheduled lessons via Zoom and watch their lessons live (synchronous).
  • The virtual attendance form is no longer required for NHSD students. Teachers will take attendance of those physically present in the classroom or virtually present on Zoom. If remote, you must attend the live Zoom lesson to be counted as present for that class at the middle school and high school or school day at the elementary level.
  • If a student is absent on any day or for any class, the student is responsible for making up missed work, just as they are in a traditional classroom environment. Families should also report the absence by calling the school’s attendance line. A written excuse for absence must be submitted to the school within three school days for the absence to be excused.

A.W. Beattie Students

North Hills students who attend A.W. Beattie Career Center will remain in-person at Beattie on Monday and Tuesday for now. These students can join their Beattie classes remotely from the high school library on any other day they attend classes in-person at the high school.

Health and Safety

Social Distancing

Our health and safety plan will continue to be followed to keep students and staff safe. When in classrooms, students will be no less than four feet apart while wearing face masks. Table trays and additional tables have been purchased for lunch periods to allow no less than six feet between students when their masks are off while eating.


All students who ride district transportation will be assigned a seat on the school bus to allow for contact necessary if a COVID-19 case becomes known.

As a reminder, if you opted out of district transportation last summer, your student was not assigned a bus and it is the family’s responsibility to get the student(s) to and from school.

Please also note, due to the increase in students riding buses, delays are possible during the first few weeks of March.

Air Purification

In addition to its ongoing thorough cleaning and sanitizing procedures, NHSD’s facilities services department is continuing to install iWave ionization devices throughout district HVAC systems. These devices, which release ions into the air stream to break down pollutants such as viruses and bacteria, are currently installed in all health offices and will soon be installed in our cafeterias and classrooms. District HVAC systems are also regularly cleaned to maximize air quality.

Food Service

Curbside Meals

Daily curbside meals will continue for students not attending school in person. Beginning March 1, the pick up window will be 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at all four elementary schools and the high school five days a week.

Pick up for the five-day meal bundle for virtual students will remain on Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the North Hills High School only.

The ordering window does not change. All curbside meals should be pre-ordered by midnight Sunday for the upcoming week.

In person meals

As we prepare to bring more students back into our buildings, our food service department has been adding more variety back into our cafeterias. Pre-bagged grab-and-go meals are being replaced with fruit and vegetable choices for sides with more additions on the way!

As a reminder, in-person meals are also free for all students through the end of the school year. View menus online.

Closure Guidance

For the remainder of the 2020-21 school year, NHSD will only shut down a school if it’s mandated by the government or when the threshold of cases defined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for that building is reached.

Thresholds are based on the school’s size (number of students) and total cases over the most recent 14-day period. Please refer to the table below.

When a school closes, the closure will continue only until the building is cleaned and contract tracing is completed. The school will reopen with a building case count of zero.

NHSD’s COVID-19 Tracker will be updated to include each school's 14-day case count to determine if/when that building must close.

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.

Daily Attendance

Through Feb. 26 ONLY, 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.

Families should call their school's attendance 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 during the 2020-21 school year. 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!

Resources and Guidance
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March 2021
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