Some Schools Choosing To Push Back Start Others On Time

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - With school only weeks away, many districts continue to make plans for a return to school, either in-person, virtually or a hybrid of the two.

Two local districts have announced they are pushing back the start of the in-person school year, due to concerns with the number of COVID-19 infections locally.

On its website, Carlynton School District says in-person classes will be delayed at least four weeks or longer, “based on numbers in (Allegheny) County.”

Remote learning will in place during that time and when a decision is made students and parents will have three options, Remote learning, a hybrid model and a “traditional model for instruction in the classroom.”

Every student will receive a laptop to begin the year.

Plum School district has announced they are pushing back the start of the school year to September 2.

Officials say the move will allow administrators to continue to monitor the spread of coronavirus, give families more time to enjoy planned vacations without having to miss school because of the 14-day quarantine order for those traveling to some hotspots and will give the district more time to plan for the school year.

The district says they have yet to hear from around 500 families and that makes it difficult to “plan appropriately.”

The Pittsburgh Public School board is reportedly considering a proposal that would delay in-person classes for the first nine weeks of the school year.

Families have until August 30 to decide if they want their student(s) to enroll in all-online instruction. Over. 4,000 families have reportedly done so thus far

On Wednesday night Pittsburgh Public is hosting a Special Public Hearing at 5 p.m.

The Board’s vote on the District’s plan and resolution to delay nine weeks were postponed to July 31 at 3 p.m. to allow for the public comment.

Montour School District is still moving forward with its three option plan for the 2020-2021 school year on time.

Parents can choose between Traditional Instruction, Live Remote Instruction or Montour Cyber Academy.

Montour is hosting virtual town hall meetings for community members this week to address parent’s questions and concerns.

During a Montour Elementary School Virtual Town Hall Meeting held on Tuesday night for the, officials pointed out that they are following all protocols and that face shields and masks will be available for all students that choose in-person instruction. 

The elementary building, built in 2017, features an HVAC system that does not circulate air but continuously pulls air from the outside along with air filters changed frequently.

Darryl Yonkers, Director of Operations and Technology for Montour tells KDKA Radio, filters are changed every three months.

In Westmoreland County, The New Kensington-Arnold School District has voted to allow students to return to classrooms with safety measures in place.

Students will also have the option for remote learning and if there is a spike in cases in the area, the district could move to all remote learning.

In addition, the Tribune Review reports that New Ken-Arnold Superintendent John Pallone announced Tuesday that he is resigning.

It is not clear why Pallone is resigning. He had one year left on his contract.

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