Pittsburgh Public Schools will continue remote learning until at least next year

PITTSBURGH — Channel 11 has learned that Pittsburgh Public Schools will continue remote learning until Jan. 4, 2021.

A news release from district officials said this move is “For the safety of all students and staff” and that school leaders believe there is a “substantial level of community transmission.”

Last week, the district announced its plan to bring back 800 out of the 23,000 students.

Here is the news release from the district:

New numbers from the Pennsylvania Department of Health related to the conditions of COVID-19 across the state and in Allegheny County have prompted Superintendent Anthony Hamlet to transition all students to full-time E-Learning. While the nearly doubled PCR Percent Positivity growth from 4.3 to 7.7 percent is moderate, the acceleration of the incidence rate from 65.9 to 138.7 indicates a substantial level of community transmission. For the safety of all students and staff, the 804 students who began in-person instruction this week will transition back to full-time remote learning.

“In consultation with our District physician and aligned to guidance by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, we will transition back to full-time E-Learning for all students,” said Superintendent Anthony Hamlet. “While it was a joy to actually see children and teachers in our buildings again, the safety of our students, staff and families is a top priority. We cannot ignore the continued growth of COVID-19 in our area.”

In anticipation of increased numbers due to the upcoming holiday season, full-time E-Learning will continue for all students until no earlier than January 4, when the District will begin a phased approach to hybrid in-person instruction. To limit the spread of COVID-19, District staff will also return to the previous nine weeks' routines, working remotely unless otherwise instructed by their supervisor.

The school board is meeting right now behind closed doors. Check back for updates.