As the coronavirus continues to grip our nation, the question of what school will look like in the fall continues to dominate the conversation for parents, educators and the over 120,000 students who attend public schools in Allegheny County. School administrators and school directors are hard at work developing health and safety plans to guide educational instruction beginning in August.
Allies for Children is collecting health and safety plans for school districts in Allegheny County. We have compiled plan details into one document with the goal of making the information easily visible and comparable. This document is available to the public and will continue to be updated on a weekly basis, click here to view.
In the plans that have been released, most school districts are providing parents the option of having students start back in-person, attend fully online, or a combination of the two. In the hybrid model, students attend class in-person a portion of the week and online the remainder of the week. Within the plans, school districts are also developing protocols for health screenings, social distancing in classrooms and high traffic areas, cleaning and disinfecting, as well as transportation. Each school board must approve the health and safety plan before submitting the plan to the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to post on the PDE website for the public to see.
Allies for Children hopes that you find the spreadsheet informative, and the team encourages you to share it with your colleagues and others who might be interested.
If you have any questions or suggestions please contact Mara Kelosky at firstname.lastname@example.org