Diocese back to school: Parents can choose virtual or in person, but child must follow through

Diocese back to school: Parents can choose virtual or in person, but child must follow through

PITTSBURGH — Students in the Diocese of Pittsburgh will have the option to return to face-to-face instruction. In order for it to work, students will have their temperature taken at home and then reported to school on a daily basis. Masks or a face shield will be required and all areas of the school will adhere to social distancing regulations.

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The diocese is also offering a virtual option, but the ultimate decision lies with parents.

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“With the virtual option, full-time you’re online. Children stay home and they’re online virtually. Or you come in-person into the school and we put into place the health and safety guidelines,” Director of Catholic Schools Michelle Peduto said.

She said there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to back to school. Unlike public schools, the diocese takes in kids from five local counties.

“I have four counties that don’t have schools within the reach of the Allegheny County Health Department. They are looking at different numbers than we are,” Peduto said.

“We realize no plan 100% foolproof. There are a lot of unknowns about COVID-19, but our goal is to alleviate concerns they have by showing them we have a well thought out, deliberate plan,” Dr. Sam Urich said.

Urich is part of the team at Archangel Gabriel Catholic school that crafted the back to school plan. He said he’s confident the plan will work to keep students and staff safe.

Allegheny Co. reports 132 new positive COVID-19 cases Tuesday