Superintendent Update on Universal Masking Requirement

At the August 9 School Board discussion meeting, Dr. Steinhauer gave an update regarding COVID-19 and the requirement of universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status. Watch the video above.

Last Wednesday, the following letter was sent home to Mt. Lebanon families:

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