No middle ground: Peters Township SD gives parents 2 back-to-school options

PETERS TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Peters Township School District has given parents two back-to-school options.

Last week during a special voting meeting, board members in the district approved a five-day in-person schedule as one of two choices for the start of the new school year.

Other options on the table were a hybrid model combining in-class and remote instruction, and a fully remote setup.

Parents who choose not send their children to school have the option of full-time learning at home.

“They need to be social. It’s good for kids to interact with kids. They’ve been missing that piece for so long,” said parent Sarah Nettles.

Nettles is like other parents in the district who have opted to send their children back to the classroom.

She said she wasn't 100% sure at first because school, as her children know it, has changed.

“What’s it going to look like? Is it going to be different? Is it going to feel scary or weird for them to go back to school in a different environment that they’re not used to? I wasn’t at all afraid by any means but, just the fact that it would be different,” Nettles said.

In the district's health and safety plan, leaders outlined the requirements for staff and students.

Is there an issue at your child’s school that you’d like us to investigate? Contact our investigators by emailing or calling (412) 237-4963.

Like other districts, face masks have to be worn, social distancing will be in place, and temperature screening will be necessary before entering any school building.

The district says it will continue to monitor its Health and Safety Plan throughout the year and adjust as needed.

The first day of school for students in the Peters Township School District is August 24th.