On behalf of Penn Hills School District, I want to wish Everyone a Happy New Year. WE remain thankful that PHSD has been able to resume pre-holiday programming, which continues to include the choice of a 2-days onsite hybrid option or a fully remote learning option. WE also continue to offer a 4-days onsite hybrid option for ALL kindergarten students and for those students in grades 1-12 who qualify for specially designed instruction.
I also want to clarify for ALL members of our PH Family that PHSD expects to remain status quo through at least mid-February. However, WE will continue to monitor local conditions and updates received from local and state health officials, and WE will continue to consult with our PHSD Physician Dr. Robert Crossey. While not yet confirmed, it is possible that I may seek permission in the near future from our PHSD Board of School Directors to revisit a 4-days onsite hybrid option for interested families of students enrolled in grades 1, 6, 7, 8, 11, and 12. As you might recall, OUR Board granted permission to implement such an option on Tuesday, December 1, but I recommended that we table that plan after COVID-19 cases began to soar in November. In all likelihood, such a shift for grades 1, 6, 7, 8, 11, and 12, if recommended and approved, would be considered for Tuesday, February 16 at the earliest. Certainly, subsequent shifts to a 4-days onsite learning option would be considered shortly thereafter for interested families of students enrolled in grades 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, and 10, if local conditions would support. PLEASE, allow me to reiterate that there are NO IMMEDIATE PLANS to make any shifts in programming at this time.
While it would be ideal to guarantee a 4- or even 5-days onsite learning option for all interested K-12 families for at least the last quarter of the 20/21 school year, I can make no promises at this time that such an option is realistic. Still, I want to reassure Everyone that PHSD Board of School Directors and Administration have NOT given up hope on that option. WE also appreciate the shared commitment among members of OUR extended school community to help maintain safe learning and working conditions. WE also wish Everyone continued good health.