Pittsburgh school continuing remote learning after student accused of assaulting teacher

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Oliver Citywide Academy will continue learning remotely following the assault of a teacher.

A 15-year-old student is facing charges after he allegedly assaulted a teacher in the building on Thursday.

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School officials hope to have a gradual re-entry process for student staff and families. They say the remote learning will be held to help the school community process grief and trauma following the situation.

Students in grades 3-8 will return for in-person learning on Oct. 10, students in 11th and 12th grades will return on Oct. 11, and students in ninth and 10th grades will return on Oct. 12.

The school will be closed on Oct. 14 and offer parent-teacher conferences.

“We send our support and love to the member of our PPS family who endured such unthinkable violence. This recent incident at Pittsburgh Oliver is difficult for us all, and especially difficult for a school community still healing from a significant loss,” said Superintendent Wayne N. Walters. “It is critical that we give the school team the space and time needed to support the successful return of students potentially retraumatized by yesterday’s event.”

School representatives say the administration is working to determine what additional safety measures are needed.

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