Important Reminders for Elementary Return to In-Person Instruction Jan. 11, 2021

Dear Mt. Lebanon Elementary Families,

We are excited to welcome our Hybrid students back to the building beginning on Monday, January 11, 2021. Please know that if you requested for your child to live stream via the survey, we have communicated this to your child’s teacher.  Questions about live streaming should be directed to them or your building principal. 

If you have selected to move to the Cyber Learning Academy for the third quarter, you will also be live streaming with your child’s current teacher for the remainder of this quarter (January 15, 2021). More details about CLA classroom assignments will be disseminated early next week.  

For those families with students returning to the school buildings on January 11, 2021, we want to make you aware that if we have multiple cases in the schools or difficulty with staffing, we may need to switch to remote learning for short periods of time.  It is imperative that you attend to all District communications to be sure you receive any critical information. Additionally, please be certain that your email addresses and phone numbers are correct in Dashboard. 

Also, please review these very important reminders at the bottom of this email to ensure we are keeping everyone safe.  As always, questions may be directed to me, principals, or teachers.  We are here to support our students and their families as we move through these changes in instructional mode.

Best Regards,
Marybeth D. Irvin, Ph. D.
Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education


Daily Symptom Checks and Reporting

Our number one priority is the health and safety of our students and staff. To help decrease the risk of spreading COVID-19, parents and guardians please complete a self-screening assessment of your child prior to coming to school each day and report any COVID-19 symptoms to the school nurse. Visit the Student Daily Symptom Check/Reporting section on the District website for the Symptom Checklist and other important information. If your child has any of the symptoms listed and/or your child has answered yes to any of the Symptom Check questions, please keep your child home and notify your child’s school nurse immediately.


MTLSD Dashboard

In December, the District launched a new COVID-19 Dashboard to provide more data to create a fuller view of the COVID-19 cases in our schools. It aligns with the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s new guidelines regarding the identification of Covid-19 cases in schools.  

  • The new state guidelines require that we track positive cases physically present at the school during a 14-day rolling period and take action, such as closing a building, based on the number of positive Covid -19 cases reported during that two week period. This data is tracked in the first table on the Covid-19 Dashboard. 

  • Our elementary schools fall in the “Small” building category as designated by the PDE. This means that if the level of community transmission in our county is in the “Substantial” range, and we have 2 positive cases in a building (staff, students, or both), we may be required to close the school for 3-5 days to clean and contact trace depending on the guidance we receive from the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD). The transmission rate for the county is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard.

  • If it becomes necessary to close a school, we will move to remote instruction for the period of time established in consultation with the ACHD. We will communicate the school closing with parents by phone alert, email, and text message.  


Face Coverings

All students are expected to continue to wear face coverings per Governor Wolf’s order on Universal Masking.  Remember the 3 W’s: Wear a Mask, Wash Your Hands, and Watch Your Distance.  


Lunches 

Free lunches will continue to be distributed at all seven elementary schools until the end of the school year from 10:45 a.m. until 1:15 p.m. on weekdays. PTA Council is coordinating volunteers to help distribute lunches at the elementary schools. If you are interested in helping, please  sign up here