Schools continue to be impacted by COVID-19

PITTSBURGH — Local school districts continue to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Diocese of Pittsburgh

Holy Family Catholic School in Plum has temporarily switched to remote learning, effective today, Thursday January 13, due to staffing issues related to COVID. Holy Family students will return to class after the Martin Luther King holiday, on Tuesday, January 18. This decision was made hours after the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh announced similar situations at four other elementary schools on Thursday.

Ave Maria Academy in the South Hills will move temporarily to remote learning due to COVID cases and related staffing shortages.

Both the Bethel Park and Mount Lebanon campuses of the Catholic elementary school will be closed for in-person activities on Friday, January 14. They will reopen on Tuesday, January 18, following the Martin Luther King holiday.

All school-based athletic and extracurricular activities are postponed until January 18th as well.

School administrators sent messages to parents of all the students on Thursday, informing them of the necessity for temporary remote learning, and explaining what procedures to follow.

“We are in prayer for all of the individuals and families affected by this virus, which is causing severe staffing shortages. But the most important reason we are taking these steps is to protect our school community and slow the spread of COVID,” said Michelle Peduto, director of schools for the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Public Schools

Two schools have been added to the District’s Rolling Building Closures list for COVID-19 mitigation after positive cases have reached the required 5% threshold. The Pittsburgh Brookline and Pittsburgh South Brook facilities will be closed until January 20. No one will be permitted inside the facilities until they reopen on January 20. Due to staffing shortages, seven locations have been added to the list of facilities closed until Tuesday, January 18. Instruction and learning will take place remotely at each school. A complete listing of rolling building closures is below. Newly added locations are noted in italics, and schools closed for COVID-19 mitigation are indicated in underline.

Two facilities will be closed until January 20, 2022, for COVID-19 Mitigation.

  • Pittsburgh Brookline PreK-8 (newly added school)
  • Pittsburgh South Brook 6-8 (newly added for COVID mitigation)

Twenty-three facilities are closed for the remainder of the week and are scheduled to reopen Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

  • Pittsburgh Arlington PreK-8 (No Grab and Go)
  • Pittsburgh Arsenal 6-8
  • Pittsburgh Banksville PreK-5
  • Pittsburgh Brashear High School
  • Pittsburgh Carrick High School
  • Pittsburgh Chartiers Early Childhood Center
  • Pittsburgh Crescent Early Childhood Center
  • Pittsburgh Colfax PreK-8
  • Pittsburgh Carmalt PreK-8
  • Pittsburgh Concord PreK-5
  • Pittsburgh Conroy
  • Pittsburgh Dilworth PreK-5
  • Pittsburgh Faison PreK-5
  • Pittsburgh Liberty PreK-5
  • Pittsburgh Langley PreK-8
  • Pittsburgh Linden PreK-5
  • Pittsburgh Mifflin PreK-8
  • Pittsburgh Obama 6-12
  • Pittsburgh Oliver Citywide Academy
  • Pittsburgh Pioneer
  • Pittsburgh Student Achievement Center (No Grab and Go)
  • Pittsburgh Spring Garden Early Childhood Center
  • Pittsburgh Sunnyside PreK-8 (No Grab and Go)