In light of the current uptick in Covid-19 cases in Allegheny County, Dr. Steinhauer sent the email below to parents today. A discussion about potential decisions will take place at the School Board meeting on Monday night, November 13 at 7;30p.m.
Dear Mt. Lebanon Families,
We continue to monitor reports from the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) regarding the increase in cases of COVID-19 in recent weeks. Yesterday, the ACHD informed area Superintendents that schools have been effective so far with using targeted mitigation strategies. While we have had cases reported at several of our schools thus far, contact tracing has suggested that very few result from in-school transmission.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Determining Instructional Models During the COVID-19 Pandemic guidance recommends that schools consider remote learning if Allegheny County has at least a two-week period at “substantial” transmission level, meaning an incident rate of 100 cases per 100,000 residents, or a positivity rate of greater than 10% in Allegheny County. Unfortunately, Allegheny County moved to the “substantial” level today. We will be closely attending to both the number of cases and the positivity rate next week.
Ultimately, it is the Mt. Lebanon School District and the Board of School Directors' responsibility to make the decision for our school community based on what is best for our staff and students. The consideration of this important topic will occur at Monday evening’s school board meeting. On Tuesday, I will share more information with you.
This decision may include no change to the current academic plan. However, we are prepared to move to remote instruction if community spread warrants, or are unable to staff classrooms and/or staff positions due to quarantine or other variables that strain the system.
As I have said since last March, we are genuinely all in this together. We can only succeed if everyone in our school community follows these essential public health guidelines:
Self-screen every day
Keep your child home if he/she is sick, has COVID symptoms, or has been a close contact with someone who is COVID positive; contact your school nurse to report
Wear a mask or face covering
Practice physical distancing of 6 feet
Wash your hands frequently
Please visit our website to access COVID-19 information, including the COVID-19 Dashboard page, which includes the Allegheny County Data from the PA DOH COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System DashBoard.
Thank you for your continued support.
Timothy J. Steinhauer, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools