Pittsburgh Public Schools will begin new school year with remote learning

Pittsburgh Public Schools to start new school year with remote learning

Pittsburgh Public Schools board votes on plan for new school year

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KYLEE: JANELLE, PITTSBURGH PUBLIC SCHOOLS STUDENTS WILL, FOR THE FIRST NINE WEEKS OF SCHOOL, LEARN REMOTELY TO BOARD VOTED ON THIS THIS AFTERNOON. ACCORDING TO KEVIN CARTER, WHO WROTE THIS PROPOSAL, HE POINTS TO THE RISING INCREASES OF COVID-19 CASES IN OUR REGION AS A REASON TO APPROVE REMOTE LEARNING AT THE START OF THE SCHOOL YEAR. HE WROTE IN A STATEMENT TONIGHT, I KNOW THE STRESS OF A NINE WEEK DELAY WILL CAUSE AND THE POTENTIAL HARM IT MAY CAUSE, HOWEVER, WE MUST BE MINDFUL THAT THIS VIRUS IS SOMETHING THAT IS IMPACTING EDUCATION WORLDWIDE. THIS IS NOT SPECIFIC TO PITTSBURGH, HOWEVER, ONE BOARD MEMBER SHARED CONCERNS ABOUT THE DISTRICT’S ABILITY TO PROVIDE EVERY STUDENT A DEVICE. >> AS QUICKLY AS WE CAN GET THESE DEVICES IN THE HANDS OF STUDENTS AND FAMILIES, WE NEED TO DO IT. WE DON’T NEED TO WAIT UNTIL THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL. I AM NOT CONVINCED THAT WE WILL HAVE SUFFICIENT DEVICES FOR ALL OF THE STUDENTS WHO WILL BE ENROLLED IN OUR SYSTEM WHEN WE OPEN UP. KYLIE: THE BOARD ALSO APPROVED A HEALTH AND SAFETY PLAN THAT THEY WILL SUBMIT TO THE STATE. THAT PLAN INCLUDES REOPENING OPTIONS THAT ARE ON THE TABLE RIGHT NOW FOR THE DISTRICT. IT IS FULL-TIME E-LEARNING FOR ALL, FULL E-LEARNING BY CHOICE, AND A BLENDED IN-SCHOOL MODEL. THE BOARD PLANS TO VOTE ON ONE OF THESE OPTIONS AFTER THE NINE WEEKS OF REMOTE LEARNING.

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Pittsburgh Public Schools to start new school year with remote learning

Pittsburgh Public Schools board votes on plan for new school year

Pittsburgh Public Schools board members voted Friday to begin the new school year with remote learning for at least the first nine weeks.The unanimous vote came during a special legislative session at which the board also voted on a health and safety plan for eventually reopening schools after the first nine weeks.Parents, students and teachers spoke about the remote learning proposal at a public hearing Wednesday. Those opposed cited concerns over laptops and other supplies, parents who are unable to stay home from work, and for children with disabilities who struggle to learn online.Board member Veronica Edwards worries some students won’t get the technology they need in time.”I ran into a lot of parents this summer who still don’t have computers,” Edwards said.Members acknowledge this could be a hardship on families and say they are working on ways to try to help.Click here to read the “All In To Reopen Our Schools” plan for Pittsburgh Public Schools.Click here for information about topic specific webinars for PPS families and stakeholders. Pa. education secretary says Western Pennsylvania schools face unique reopening challenges: Watch the interview below.

Pittsburgh Public Schools board members voted Friday to begin the new school year with remote learning for at least the first nine weeks.

The unanimous vote came during a special legislative session at which the board also voted on a health and safety plan for eventually reopening schools after the first nine weeks.

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Parents, students and teachers spoke about the remote learning proposal at a public hearing Wednesday. Those opposed cited concerns over laptops and other supplies, parents who are unable to stay home from work, and for children with disabilities who struggle to learn online.

Board member Veronica Edwards worries some students won’t get the technology they need in time.

“I ran into a lot of parents this summer who still don’t have computers,” Edwards said.

Members acknowledge this could be a hardship on families and say they are working on ways to try to help.

Click here to read the “All In To Reopen Our Schools” plan for Pittsburgh Public Schools.

Click here for information about topic specific webinars for PPS families and stakeholders.

Pa. education secretary says Western Pennsylvania schools face unique reopening challenges: Watch the interview below.