Pittsburgh Public Schools Postponing In-Person Classes Through First 9 Weeks

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - On Friday, the Board of Directors took a vote at a Special Legislative Meeting.

The board voted unanimously to postpone the in-person schooling of students for the 2020-2021 school year, meaning that for the first nine-week period of the academic year, the students will be moved to fully online classes.

These updates will be applied to all registered students in the Pittsburgh Public School system.

In addition to the online schooling, the board also voted to pass a health and safety plan, as required by the state.

"We want to thank the Board for leading the way in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our area," said Superintendent Anthony Hamlet,

"As part of our All In to Reopen Our Schools planning, we developed strategies to improve our learning management system in order to support online instruction and strengthen support for students.

"Our staff and families will experience significant improvement to teaching and learning in an online environment."

The newly passed resolution now moves things to the superintendent to start making accommodations for fully remote learning for the students.

The strategy will also include planning for Special Education students, students with parents working essential jobs, and students whose parents can’t support remote learning.    

"Because of our All-In planning, we are in good shape to pivot to full time E-Learning for all students," said Dr. Hamlet. 

"We will retool our plan based on the Board’s requirements and continue to move forward with our work to ensure the safety of students and staff within our buildings and equip our students with the support they need for success in online learning."

Leading up to the start of the school year, the District will be hosting a series of digital workshops and webinars for students, parents, and other stakeholders on how to adjust to the changes and how to navigate the new curricula.

The webinars will be livestreamed via Zoom on the District’s website and Facebook page.

 

 

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