MTLSD Recovery Planning Update June 16, 2020

Here is an excerpt from Dr. Steinhauer’s Superintendent Report at the June 15, 2020 School Board meeting regarding Educational Recovery: 

We are grateful to have preliminary guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Education for the Reopening of our schools. This guidance is critical as we continue to develop a roadmap to meeting, and where possible, exceeding all of PDEs and the CDC’s expectations and guidelines before we bring students, faculty, and staff back to our buildings. The health and safety of our school community remains a priority.

The PDE guidance calls on schools to have publicly available health and safety plans that include information about how the schools are coordinating with local public health officials. The plan must include strategies to safely resume in-person instruction, monitor health conditions in the schools, mitigate and contain the virus at schools if it occurs, and communicate accurate and timely information to families, faculty and staff. Schools must reinforce good hygiene and sanitation practices, require face coverings in most circumstances, and implement physical distancing and facility modifications to prevent the spread of the virus. 

Once schools develop strategies to meet these guidelines and the plan has been reviewed and approved by the school board, it can then be submitted to PDE.  

Based on current information and preliminary strategies being created by the Recovery Steering Committee - The Mt. Lebanon School District will focus the majority of our effort in two key areas (1) returning our students to full-time instruction in our buildings in late August and (2) developing a Mt. Lebanon Cyber Learning Academy for those families wanting a fully on-line learning environment.  

By more clearly defining our effort down these two pathways, we will be better able to plan and implement an effective educational program in this short span of time. It will also give our families and staff the opportunity to plan accordingly. 

For the latest updates and information on Mt. Lebanon’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, including extensive information specific for families, faculty and staff, visit https://www.mtlsd.org/district/recovery-steering-committee .