Dr. Steinhauer informed parents of the Board's decision to move forward with the phased Reopening of Schools Plan to K-12 Hybrid/Cyber Academy modes of instruction beginning October 5 for middle and high school students and October 13 for elementary students.
September 22, 2020
Dear Mt. Lebanon Families,
At the School Board meeting last night, the Board approved moving forward with our Phased Reopening of Schools Plan to include the K-12 Hybrid/Cyber Academy modes of instruction. We are targeting this transition to begin on October 5 for middle and high school students and October 13 for elementary students.
The resumption of in person learning and the start of Cyber Academy will occur as long as conditions in our community continue to trend as they have and we are able to accomplish our staffing goals. As I mentioned in my report last night, my recommendation was based on many factors including guidance from the PA Department of Education (PDE) and the PA Department of Health (PA DOH) for determining instructional models based on incidence rate and percent positivity. Both have been trending in the right direction. Additional factors included successful experiences from our summer/fall activities, positive examples from other local hybrid school districts, staffing feasibility, feedback from teachers, parents, students, and staff and most importantly, feedback and input from the School Board.
The District has a strong and comprehensive Health & Safety Plan that addresses the methods and means to return our students and staff to our buildings in a safe and responsible manner. This plan was developed over the summer and is updated regularly as new guidelines are issued from the state and CDC. All aspects of our school environment have been fully addressed in this plan and in most cases, exceed the recommendations from the PADOH and CDC. Protecting the health and well-being of our school community is a priority for us now more than ever.
By now, you have received an email with a survey asking you to identify your family’s preference for Hybrid or Cyber. You will receive additional information from Dr. Davis, Dr. Irvin, and your Principal(s) in the days to come. Comprehensive information about all of the District’s COVID-19 plans are available on the District website.
Thank you again for your patience as we work through this challenging year.
Timothy J. Steinhauer, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools