At least five local school districts using various models to bring students back for in-person learning

Seneca Valley school district among local districts to welcome students back to classrooms

PITTSBURGH — Students in at least five school districts in the Pittsburgh region returned to the classrooms Monday for in-person learning.

The Bethel Park, North Hills, Moon Area, Leechburg Area and Seneca Valley school districts welcomed students back to classrooms under various models.

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In Bethel Park, students are being split into two groups. Each group will go to school in person two days a week, and then complete courses online at home the other three days.

The North Hills School District also started hybrid learning Monday, with students going to class two days a week and learning virtually three days a week.

Moon Area students in grades K-6 can attend class in person four days a week. Students in grades 7-12 can go one day a week.

Leechburg students also returned to the classrooms Monday. They have been learning virtually since school started in September after the school board reversed a decision to offer the option of in-person learning.

Seneca Valley students returned to the classrooms under a five-day-a-week in-person model. However, after getting input from parents, administrators said some families are opting for distance-learning out of safety and health concerns.

Here are some of Seneca Valley’s protocols:

  • Before coming to school, students and staff must complete a daily electronic health screening questionnaire, including temperature check, to assess for signs and symptoms of COVID-19
  • At school, staff disinfect all rooms daily
  • Water fountains are bagged, off limits
  • Hand sanitizer and dispensers are in every classroom, common areas and office spaces
  • Floors are cleaned every day; HVAC filters will be replaced frequently

The district said any positive tests are reported to the Pa. Department of Health, and it will then provide guidance.

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Bethel Park students moving to hybrid learning starting Monday