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COVID-19 (coronavirus) 

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


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