School Board Approves MTLSD ESSER Health and Safety Plan and 2021-2022 Education Plan


On July 14, 2021 the School Board approved approved the new Health & Safety Plan for 2021-2022 and the District's Education Plan for 2021-2022. 

The video clip of the School Board presentation is available above.

All MTLSD families were sent the email below from Dr. Steinhauer today. 

July 15, 2021

Dear MTLSD Families,

At a special meeting held on July 14, 2021, the School Board approved the 2021-22 Health & Safety Plan as required by the PA Department of Education under the American Rescue Act.  The Health & Safety Plan is found at this LINK. Additionally, I would like to share the District’s Education Plan for 2021-22, located at this LINK.

For the 2021-22 school year, the District plans a full 5-day in-person return to school for students in grades K-12. While there will continue to be safety mitigation measures in place as per the approved plan, our goal is to return to our typical model as much as possible. This means allowing normal lunch, recess, classes, and activities to resume while physically distancing to the greatest extent possible. The District supports and strongly recommends that the entire school community follow the CDC and ACHD recommendation that unvaccinated individuals wear masks indoors. In accordance with the guidance, the District will not strictly require masks.

The District recognizes that while this full in-person option is most beneficial for most of our students, it will not meet the needs of all families. Therefore, to accommodate these families, we will be operating a K-12 Asynchronous Instruction option. This option will be overseen by a District educator and offered in partnership with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit’s Waterfront Learning.  More information about this option can be found in the Education Plan linked above.

If your family is interested in the K-12 Asynchronous Instruction option, we ask that you complete this FORM as soon as possible and no later than August 1, 2021.  

If you plan to have your child return to full in-person instruction, you do not need to take any action.

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s principal. You may also contact Dr. Irvin (elementary) or Dr. Davis (secondary) at 412-344-2027 or and, respectively.

Best Regards,

Timothy J. Steinhauer, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools 

August 4, 2021

Dear Families,

We know that in-person instruction is the strongest and most beneficial learning model for the majority of our students. The District’s goal for the 2021-22 school year is to maximize in-person learning and minimize any disruptions caused by COVID outbreaks and community spread.

This week, Allegheny County moved from a moderate to the substantial COVID transmission rate. Based on this current transmission rate, we are updating our Health and Safety Plan to reflect the following change:  

  • Universal masking is required for all individuals regardless of vaccination status while indoors in our schools, effective Monday morning, August 9, 2021.

This updated health and safety strategy is in line with the CDC’s recommendation and includes careful consideration of local conditions. The Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Allegheny County Health Department support and endorse these guidelines in communities while in substantial transmission.

By beginning the school year with this updated health and safety strategy, we will be well-positioned to provide the best education possible for each and every student.


Timothy J. Steinhauer, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools