Emergency Alerts

In the event of a school emergency or other alerts  at any of our schools, we will post information and updates  on this page to keep you informed. 

COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) 
For more information visit the COVID-19 and the Return to School 2020-2021 page on our website.

September 24, 2020
Dear Students and Families,

I am writing to inform you of the procedures that will be in effect for the High School home football game on Friday evening, September 25 at 7:30 p.m. against Hempfield High School.

To help keep our school community safe, the following procedures will be adhered to: 

  1. The District will provide a limited number of tickets (2) to immediate family members of our student athletes and performers.  You will need a ticket to enter the stadium.

  2. No other spectators will be permitted in the stadium, including students K-12, community members, MTLSD staff, and spectators for the opposing team. 

  3. Masks must be worn at all times, and seating is marked 6 feet apart.  Immediate family members may sit together. 

  4. Attendees should self-screen before arriving at the stadium, and individuals should stay home if not feeling well. 

These health and safety procedures were established after reviewing recent information released by various guiding agencies, specifically around the facility podding, as it relates to outdoor athletics and activities. This practice is consistent with how other school districts are handling football games and how we have handled smaller in-district athletic events so far this season. 

While you may not be able to attend the game in person, we hope you will cheer on our Blue Devils by watching the live stream at https://boxcast.tv/view/mt-lebanon-football-vs-hempfield-490708.

I want to thank our student-athletes and coaches, musicians and marching band staff, and athletic trainers for their diligence in adhering to the District’s health and safety protocols. Their collective effort has already made it possible and will be the key to continuing to make it possible for immediate family members to watch in-person our athletes and musicians who perform outdoors.  

Attendees have a responsibility to these performers, each other, and our community to strictly adhere to the procedures listed above.  

Sincerely,

John Grogan
Athletic Director


September 24, 2020

Dear Parents and Students,

The Mt. Lebanon School District confirmed this afternoon that a student involved in the boys JV-2 Hockey club team received a positive COVID-19 test result from a test administered on September 20, 2020.  This individual has not participated in workouts since September 18, 2020.  In consultation with the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD), in accordance with our Athletics and Activities Health and Safety Plan, we are communicating with our community, particularly those involved in the high school JV-2 Club Hockey team, that this positive case has occurred. In accordance with the guidance received from the ACHD, we are temporarily suspending the boys JV-2 Club Hockey team through Friday, October 2, 2020.  

According to the CDC, people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Should you or your child, particularly those involved in the high school JV-2 Club Hockey team, experience any of these symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider immediately.

The health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority.  We are committed to following the cleaning protocol and guidance in our Athletics and Activities Health and Safety Plan and direction from the Allegheny County Health Department to ensure we are providing a healthy and safe environment for our student-athletes involved in summer programming.

Sincerely,

John Grogan
Athletic Director


September 17, 2020

Dear Howe Elementary School Parent and Guardians, 

This letter is to notify you that a second individual at Howe has tested positive for COVID-19. The District has reported this information to the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD). We are working with the ACHD and are taking all recommended steps to ensure the safety of our students and staff. As per guidelines from the CDC and ACHD, we will be closing the building for the next 5 days effective immediately.

Steps we are implementing in cooperation with the ACHD include:

  • Cleaning and sanitizing the building.

  • Cooperation with the Allegheny County Health Department regarding contact tracing.

  • In the event that additional close contacts (any individual within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) are identified, those contacts would be called by the Allegheny County Health Department.  

The individual will not return to our school until they have completed isolation procedures for COVID-19.
As a reminder, if you or your child experiences any of these symptoms, please contact your medical provider:

  • Fever

  • Chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath 

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Headache


More information on the symptoms of COVID-19 can be found on the PA Department of Health website or on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Attached please find an FAQ from the Allegheny County Health Department. 

The District is closely monitoring this situation and will notify staff and families if any additional actions need to be taken.

Sincerely, 

C:\Users\michellemurray\Desktop\MM signature.jpg

Michelle L. Murray, Ed.D.
Principal


September 16, 2020

Dear Howe Parent and Guardians, 

This letter is to notify you that an employee at Howe has tested positive for COVID-19. The District has reported this information to the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD). We are working with the ACHD and are taking all recommended steps to ensure the safety of our students and staff. Steps we are implementing in cooperation with the ACHD include:

  • Cleaning and sanitizing the building.

  • Cooperation with the Allegheny County Health Department regarding contact tracing.

  • In the event that additional close contacts (any individual within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) are identified, those contacts would be called by the Allegheny County Health Department.  

The individual will not return to our school until they have completed isolation procedures for COVID-19.
As a reminder, if you or your child experiences any of these symptoms, please contact your medical provider:

  • Fever

  • Chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath 

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • Loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

More information on the symptoms of COVID-19 can be found on the PA Department of Health website or on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Attached please find an FAQ from the Allegheny County Health Department. 

The District is closely monitoring this situation and will notify staff and families if any additional actions need to be taken.

Sincerely, 

C:\Users\michellemurray\Desktop\MM signature.jpg

Michelle Murray, Ed.D.
Principal


Dear Families,

As our first week of remote instruction concludes, I am heartened by the collective effort of our faculty, staff, and families on behalf of our students. Together we began this school year through remote instruction which is a significant departure from our normal back to school experience due to the impact of COVID-19. 

I am grateful for the efforts of our students, families, faculty, and staff to engage in this new way of teaching and learning. Our faculty and staff remain committed to providing our students with a high quality, teacher led experience during this remote instruction period.    

Our initial goals were to make connections between students and faculty, become comfortable with the technology tools, and to problem solve where necessary. We also sought to re-create the structure of the regular school day experience. Some of our key design principles for remote instruction were consistency, routines, and teacher led instruction.

This first phase of our Reopening Education Plan allowed our faculty and staff to create a robust virtual learning environment and build a strong foundation that will continue to support any type of learning mode as we move forward. 

Over the next few weeks, we will continue to monitor the emerging COVID-19 data and information. If trends continue to show declining incidence rates and percent positivity, it will support moving to our next phase of reopening: Hybrid Instruction and the Cyber Learning Academy, by November 2, 2020. These recommendations are outlined in the Guidelines from the Departments of Health and Education in the Determining Instructional Models During the COVID-19 Pandemic

As our activities, athletics, and other small scale in-person experiences have shown, when we carefully adhere to the health and safety plan guidelines, we can experience success. As part of our plan of action, we will increase in-person after school activities for students next week. These activities will be monitored closely, and if successful, we will increase to other small scale, in-person activities during the school day.  Our goal is to create a meaningful, measurable track record of success.

We all share in the responsibility to practice and model behaviors that have been shown to limit the spread of COVID-19. Over this Labor Day weekend, I ask that we all be extra careful to (1) wear a face covering or mask, (2) wash hands often, (3) avoid close contact by maintaining 6ft. physical distance, and (4) monitor personal health, staying home if not feeling well. Each of these steps will assist our community in mitigating the spread of the virus and in turn allow our schools to continue on a careful pathway to in-person learning. 

With best wishes, 


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


August 23, 2020
Dear Students and Families,

The Mt. Lebanon School District confirmed yesterday that a student involved in our football team summer workouts had a positive COVID-19 test result from a test administered on August 20, 2020.  From the information received about this case, it is believed that this is a case of community transmission.  The District reminds families that those who test positive may have been contagious prior to the date the test was administered. 

The individual has not participated in workouts since August 18, 2020.  In consultation with the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD), in accordance with our Athletics and Activities Health and Safety Plan, we are communicating with our community, particularly those involved in the high football team summer workouts, that this positive case has occurred.  In accordance with the guidance received from the ACHD, we are temporarily suspending the football program through Tuesday, September 1, 2020.  

According to the CDC, people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

Should you or your child, particularly those involved in Mt. Lebanon high school football summer workouts, experience any of these symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider immediately.

The health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority.  We are committed to following the cleaning protocol and guidance in our Athletics and Activities Health and Safety Plan and direction from the Allegheny County Health Department to ensure we are providing a healthy and safe environment for our student-athletes involved in athletic programming.

Sincerely,
John Grogan 
Athletic Director 


At the August 10, 2020 School Board Discussion Meeting, Dr. Steinhauer's announced his recommendation to open school in a fully Remote mode of instruction for the first 9 weeks of the school year. See below for a transcript of his comments. The School Board will vote on Thursday, August 13. 

August 10, 2020 Superintendent Tim Steinhauer's Recommendation Regarding School Opening (Video)


Superintendent Tim Steinhauer's Recommendation to the School Board  August 10, 2020

In my 32 years as an educator, I can think of no decision that has weighed more heavily on me, and my team, as this one. To say these past six months have been challenging for all of us would be a gross understatement. 

The question of how to safely reopen schools has kept me awake many nights, an experience I’m sure I share with you as you consider how your family will return to school, how you will return to work, and how the world will return to a new normal. 

It is imperative that we determine the path forward quickly and have the opportunity to fully prepare.

As many of you know, in early April the School District embarked on a path to return to in-person schooling. We established the region's first recovery team and enlisted the help of hundreds of people including teachers, parents, students, administrators, health care professionals and more. 

Every person I know believes the right place for children during normal times is in our buildings, in our classrooms, with our teachers. This is where we are best positioned to expertly address all of their academic, social, emotional, and physical needs through our carefully crafted programs. 

In addition, we recognized that we needed to provide a safe option for students and families who would not be able to return to school for the foreseeable future because of their personal, medical, or specific circumstances.

These were our early goals, and given the COVID environment at the time, my team and I were optimistic that we could follow all of the PDE, CDC, PaDOH, and ACHD guidelines to safely bring students and staff back into our schools, as well as develop a cyber learning academy.

However, in just the past few weeks, we have seen the COVID environment change very quickly.  Just this afternoon, the Pennsylvania Departments of Health and Education finally provided guiding metrics for schools to use when making decisions related to instructional models.  

According to these guidelines, we should be considering either a hybrid or fully remote option. 

Over the past several weeks, we have had more than 150 of our teachers and staff indicate that they may not be able to safely return to an in-person environment. These requests are made based on documented health issues and eligibility under the various leave allowances. 

In addition, the Mt Lebanon Education Association sent our School Board notification of their support for a full remote start to the school year, which was based on their concerns for the safety of their members and community. 

Based on the current COVID situation in our region, the guidance we have received from the Governor, PDE, PADOH, and ACHD, the observations of behaviors and adherence to proper personal safety and hygiene practices, and the many other factors mentioned above, I am recommending that the school district begin the school year with fully remote instruction for all students for the first nine weeks.

Our community has not hesitated in making their perspectives and opinions known. And while I understand and respect the varied opinions in our community, I truly believe that I have the duty to recommend what I believe is the best pathway forward for the safety of our students, their families, faculty and staff. 

What I can assure families is that the fully Remote teaching and learning will be far better than most of the instruction that occurred in the emergency shutdown this spring.  

In our fully remote learning strategy, your child’s teachers will lead their instruction throughout the day. 

I can assure you that our teachers have committed to provide a high quality learning experience similar to what you have experienced in our schools. 

We have obtained the tools, resources, and training to provide a much more robust learning environment for our students.

As a result, and while admittedly not quite as effective as being in the classroom, we believe that this is the best and safest possible way—at least for the first 9 weeks—to provide the quality education to our students which our community expects and deserves. 

This will also allow us to maintain continuity of instruction, without interruption, regardless of the potential impact of COVID.  We have seen the disruption in other districts in the country who opened the schools only to have to close their buildings due to large numbers of infections. 

For our students with the greatest individual educational needs, we are working toward ensuring access to in-person IEP programming. We are carefully considering how to accomplish this while protecting both their health and the health of those who will be working with them.

This recommendation does not come lightly, and I understand the significant challenges many of you will face because of it. I know that this decision relieves some families and frustrates others. However, I believe that the challenges and risks of returning in-person are too great at this time. 

We will continue to work towards reopening in a hybrid or full in-person model when and if conditions allow. 

I know that every recommendation I make, and particularly this one,  impacts the lives of over 5500 students. Beyond the students, I also have a duty to protect the health of our entire school community -  which includes 700+ employees and over 33,000 residents. This is also the community where I live, where I raised my family, and a community that I deeply care about and value. 


August 6, 2020

Dear Mt. Lebanon Families,

I want to thank you for your patience as we continue to refine our return to learning plans that prioritize the health and safety of our students and staff. I have some important updates to share with our families.

  • On Monday, August 10, at 7:30 p.m., the Board will discuss the instructional delivery options for the District’s reopening. The Board Discussion meeting will be held via Zoom. Information on how to access the meeting will be available at www.mtlsd.org on Monday morning.   

  • The timeline to commit to the Mt. Lebanon Cyber Learning Academy will remain open until the School Board has confirmed a decision on the return to school. Once that decision is publicly voted on, the process will close at 4 pm the following day.  Here is the link to the Cyber Academy Form.

I also want to thank you for sharing your feedback regarding our Health and Safety Plan and our Reopening Education Plan. We have updated our FAQ with answers to the questions that have been asked most frequently over the past few weeks. 

I realize these are difficult and trying times for families.  I am grateful to be part of a community that recognizes the importance of carefully planning for the health and safety of our students and staff.  

Sincerely,

Dr. Timothy Steinhauer

 


August 4, 2020

Dear Students and Families,

The Mt. Lebanon School District confirmed last night that a student involved in our football team and girls soccer team summer workouts had a positive COVID-19 test result from a test administered on July 31, 2020 and August 1, 2020, respectively.  These individuals have not participated in workouts since July 30, 2020.  In consultation with the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD), in accordance with our Athletics and Activities Health and Safety Plan, we are communicating with our community, particularly those involved in the high school football and girls soccer team summer workouts, that this positive case has occurred.  Additionally out of an abundance of caution, we are temporarily suspending both teams summer workouts through Thursday, August 13, 2020.  

According to the CDC, people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

Should you or your child, particularly those involved in these teams summer workouts, experience any of these symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider immediately.

The health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority.  We are committed to following the cleaning protocol and guidance in our Athletics and Activities Health and Safety Plan and direction from the Allegheny County Health Department to ensure we are providing a healthy and safe environment for our student-athletes involved in summer programming.

Sincerely,

John Grogan
Athletic Director 

 


July 30, 2020

Dear Parents and Students,

The Mt. Lebanon School District confirmed last night that a student involved in our summer boys soccer team workouts received a positive COVID-19 test result from a test administered on July 23, 2020.  This individual has not participated in workouts since July 21, 2020.  In consultation with the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD), in accordance with our Athletics and Activities Health and Safety Plan, we are communicating with our community, particularly those involved in the high school boys soccer team summer workouts, that this positive case has occurred.  Additionally out of an abundance of caution, we are temporarily suspending the boys soccer team summer workouts through Tuesday, August 4, 2020.  

According to the CDC, people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

Should you or your child, particularly those involved in the high school boys soccer team summer workouts, experience any of these symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider immediately.

The health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority.  We are committed to following the cleaning protocol and guidance in our Athletics and Activities Health and Safety Plan and direction from the Allegheny County Health Department to ensure we are providing a healthy and safe environment for our student-athletes involved in summer programming.

Sincerely,

John Grogan
Athletic Director  


June 25, 2020

Dear Mt. Lebanon Families,

I hope you are doing well and enjoying the summer break. Please watch this brief 4 minute video with an update regarding the planning for next school year. 

School Reopening Video Update

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


June 9, 2020

Dear Mt. Lebanon Families,

Last night, Dr. Marybeth Irvin and Dr. Ron Davis gave an update of our on-going efforts to return students and staff to school buildings safely. They presented an overview of progress from the District’s Recovery Steering Committee. 

Here is the link to the video presentation from the June 8, 2020 School Board meeting. Please visit our Recovery Steering Committee page on our website for more information. 

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