Local Districts Unveiling Their Plans For The Upcoming School Year

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – School choice is taking on a different meaning this year.

 More Pittsburgh area school districts are finalizing plans for a return to classes next month, with districts taking different approaches.

As long as Butler County stays in the green, Seneca Valley schools plan to reopen all buildings.

There is a full-time cyber options for parents to choose.

But in Shaler schools, officials say they are leaning toward a hybrid model with students in school and online on different days.

Baldwin-Whitehall parents have chosen in person learning overwhelmingly but the district website says there will be opinions with no guarantee what the virus will bring this fall.

Parents in the Montour School District will have from July 22 through August 3 to pick one of three options, including “traditional instructions with social distancing”, live remote instruction, or by Montour’s Cyber Academy in partnership with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit.

The district says families will receive a Skyward message with directions on how they can select and option for each student.

A survey sent to parents in Montour overwhelmingly shows parents want their children to return to classrooms with 83 percent in favor of that option. 12 percent support remote learning and 5 percent support the Cyber Academy option.

Mt. Lebanon is considering four choices, a total reopening of classrooms, what’s called a scaffold model with parents choosing between in persona and remote, a blended model where students alternate days, or total cyber learning.

Some parents in the Pittsburgh schools want an all in-school option. The city is considering blended or virtual,

Fox Chapel area is considering an all in-person or all virtual.

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