State changing childcare policies due to remote learning, COVID-19 pandemic

State changing childcare policies due to remote learning, COVID-19 pandemic
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PITTSBURGH — The state is changing childcare policies due to remote learning and the pandemic.

The Department of Human Services is changing the way learning pods are to be administered.

Learning pods are designed to let parents take turns watching a group of students while they learn remotely.

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The state said no license is needed but no more than 12 students can be in a pod, and families must follow protocols like notifying DHS that they have formed a pod, having a covid-19 health and safety plan, and following child protective service laws.

DHS also temporarily suspended the 90-day limit on non-licensed programs like summer camps and sports camps. Those programs can operate throughout the school year.

Many Pittsburgh Public Schools students still without devices ahead of first day