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Penn Hills School District

Update from the Superintendent - January 14, 2021

As various local media have reported this morning, I will be asking our Board of School Directors on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 to reinstate our plan to shift specific grade levels within our District to the option of 4-days onsite hybrid learning.  As you likely recall, that shift had been Board-approved in October, and our intent was to begin combining Cohort A and B groups as of Tuesday, December 1 for certain grade levels in our District; however, that plan was tabled after a mid-November spike in COVID-19 cases in our region.

Our specific plan at this point is to dissolve the current 2-days onsite hybrid option for students in grades 1, 6, 7, 8, 11, and 12 as of Tuesday, February 16, which will require families of students in these grade levels to select from two (2) options:  a new 4-days onsite hybrid option or 100% remote learning.  Accordingly, our Principals in all three schools will be attempting to survey family interest over the next few weeks.

Contingent on local conditions, our plan is then to pursue a similar conversion to a 4-days onsite hybrid option for students in grades 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, and 10 as of Monday, March 1.  Once again, it is anticipated that families of students in these grade levels will be surveyed in advance by our Principals in all three schools to confirm interest in the new 4-days onsite hybrid option versus 100% remote learning.

Certainly, Penn Hills School District is aware of local and surrounding conditions as they relate to COVID-19, and we continue to consult with the Allegheny County Health Department, our School Physician Dr. Robert Crossey, and Penn Hills EMS Coordinator Chuck Miller.  While we can never guarantee anyone's safety at any time, there is strong evidence to suggest our COVID-19 mitigation efforts have been effective at helping to limit COVID-19 exposure in our schools.  These efforts will continue to include an appropriate face-covering mandate for students and staff, limited student movement throughout the school day (especially for those enrolled in grades K-8), food consumption in classrooms only versus cafeteria, and appropriate spacing of learning stations and work areas.

Below is a summary of known COVID-19 cases to date in the Penn Hills School District:

Total Cases Since the Pandemic Started: 

Total PHSD Affiliates Confirmed Positive for COVID-19 from 3/13/20-1/14/21:  102 

 

PHE 

Linton 

PHHS 

PHSD 

Hybrid Students 

10 

11 

16 

n/a 

100% Remote Students 

12 

n/a 

Other Students 

n/a 

 

PHSD Staff 

15 

12 

 

Contracted Service Providers 

TOTALS 

29 

22 

42 

A similar chart will be posted early next week via our PHSD website (www.phsd.k12.pa.us) under the District/COVID-19 tabs.  This supplemental chart will include a further breakdown in the number of known COVID-19 cases that are specific to the latest two (2) weeks:  1/4/21-1/15/21. Such regular tracking is necessary to ensure we remain compliant with the terms/conditions outlined by Pennsylvania Department of Education/Department of Health in late November for Districts that continue to offer onsite learning options.   

Once again, we thank Everyone for your ongoing support and patience as we attempt to adjust to changing conditions, all the while not losing sight that onsite learning provides the best level of support for most K-12 students, not just in Penn Hills but around the world.

 

Sincerely,

Nancy

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