More Schools Pushing Back Start Of In-Person Classes

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - More school districts in the Pittsburgh area are pushing back the start of in-person instruction.

Mt. Lebanon School Board voted on Thursday to start the first nine weeks of the year online.

Superintendent Timothy Steinhauer says it’s the safest route during a global pandemic.

Some parents were reportedly surprised by the decision after some protested Wednesday night asking that students return to classrooms.

Quaker Valley School District is also delaying the start of its academic year. Their school board voted on Thursday night to delay classes until September 8.

Catholic elementary schools are also pushing back the first day of school to September 8. The delayed start is only for elementary schools, not high schools.

North Hills voted 6-3 to begin the school year 100 percent online through at least the first five weeks of the year, with the hopes of moving into a hybrid model on October 5.

Late last month, Pittsburgh Public Schools voted to delay the start of in-person classes nine weeks and will move forward with online instruction only during that time.

In July, the Wolf administration announced updated safety protocols for Pennsylvania schools as they prepare to reopen amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Masks, distancing, student seating direction and playground activity are among the guideline topics outlined by the state.

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