Mt. Lebanon parents, students protest remote learning this fall

Parents in Mt. Lebanon met for a protest Wednesday night in response to the superintendent’s decision to recommend a remote start for school this fall. “We were kind of blindsided when we were told that he was recommending cyber only,” Susan Uffelman said. She is the parent of a high school senior in the district. Kimberly Mauro also has children in the Mt. Lebanon School District, while she and her husband are employed as full-time teachers in another district going back under a hybrid model. “I feel like the district has strung us along to feel like we’re going to have a hybrid option and to lay this on us Monday evening, this is hard for me,” Mauro said.Even some students are saying they’re ready to come back. Nina Crago is entering seventh grade and says learning from home is difficult. “I have to say, when we did online school in the spring, I didn’t learn as much.”But Superintendent Tim Steinhauer said during Monday’s meeting, he feels going back remotely is the only safe option, and that his decision falls in line with the new metrics released by the state this week. He also says some staff members are concerned. “Over the past few weeks, we have had more than 150 of our teachers and staff indicate that they may not be able to return safely to an in-person environment,” Steinhauer said during Monday’s board meeting. At least one parent showed up to the protest on Washington Road to support the school’s recommendation, saying she feels she’s part of the majority. “I think it’s more important that the students learn remotely from actual experienced teachers rather than at the last minute hiring a bunch of substitutes,” said Sally Marer, who is the parent of a high school senior. The school board votes on their reopening plan on Thursday.

Parents in Mt. Lebanon met for a protest Wednesday night in response to the superintendent’s decision to recommend a remote start for school this fall.

“We were kind of blindsided when we were told that he was recommending cyber only,” Susan Uffelman said. She is the parent of a high school senior in the district.

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Kimberly Mauro also has children in the Mt. Lebanon School District, while she and her husband are employed as full-time teachers in another district going back under a hybrid model.

“I feel like the district has strung us along to feel like we’re going to have a hybrid option and to lay this on us Monday evening, this is hard for me,” Mauro said.

Even some students are saying they’re ready to come back.

Nina Crago is entering seventh grade and says learning from home is difficult. “I have to say, when we did online school in the spring, I didn’t learn as much.”

But Superintendent Tim Steinhauer said during Monday’s meeting, he feels going back remotely is the only safe option, and that his decision falls in line with the new metrics released by the state this week. He also says some staff members are concerned.

“Over the past few weeks, we have had more than 150 of our teachers and staff indicate that they may not be able to return safely to an in-person environment,” Steinhauer said during Monday’s board meeting.

At least one parent showed up to the protest on Washington Road to support the school’s recommendation, saying she feels she’s part of the majority.

“I think it’s more important that the students learn remotely from actual experienced teachers rather than at the last minute hiring a bunch of substitutes,” said Sally Marer, who is the parent of a high school senior.

The school board votes on their reopening plan on Thursday.