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Penn Hills School District

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A Message From Dr. Nancy J. Hines, Superintendent of Schools

August 24, 2020
I have found myself repeating the following over and over again in my personal reflections and when I am engaging with others in our extended school community:  We are public servants who are called to provide an essential service.  That service includes helping students to make sense of our world, and what a world it is these days.  We must remain mindful that our families, despite all the fear and anxiety, are entrusting us with their children.  That means a lot!
I realize that accepting these principles is not enough, and it is in our actions that we truly display commitment.  Now, more than ever, we have to stand together as an extended school community and do our best to support each other, even in the absence of explicit instructions that tell us exactly what to do and with no guarantee that any single plan will fully protect the health, safety, and welfare of everyone involved.
We have no idea what the 20/21 school year will bring, but we must do our best to prepare and to adjust if/when warranted.  I do not expect this year's journey to be an easy one, but I do feel confident that we can build upon the foundation laid during the mandated school closure in 19/20 and offer increased opportunities for our students to continue developing their skills in a learning environment that is supportive and one that incorporates best practices.
As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly should you need assistance.
(412)793-7000, ext 1282