Elementary Schools In Catholic Diocese Of Pittsburgh To Open At Later Date

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By NewsRadio 1020 KDKA

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) The Diocese of Pittsburgh has announced that they will delay the start of elementary schools to Sept. 8, 2020.

The moving of the start date for elementary schools comes in response to the teachers who requested more time to implement health and safety protocols regarding COVID-19.

All summer The Diocese has been conducting weekly communications with teachers, principals, and board members.

“We’ve had weekly communications with our principals, teachers, and regional boards throughout the summer preparing for this very different school year,” Director of Catholic Schools, Michelle Peduto said. “The reality is, we have been planning for something that nobody has all the answers for at the moment.”

Teachers requested more time to prepare for the school year so they could practice the new protocols, prepare their classrooms, and test the systems of distance learning.

Each school within the Diocese of Pittsburgh has received their reopening guidelines which reflected the practices outlined by the local, state, and federal health directives.

Each school has shared their reopening plans with families and warned that more changes could happen depending on the progression of the outbreak.

Catholic schools are offering in-person, distance learning, and hybrid programs for students to follow for this coming school year.

High schools in the Diocese will remain on their original opening schedules.

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