Schools moving to virtual model after soaring rate of COVID-19 infection across region

Schools moving to virtual model after soaring rate of COVID-19 infection across region
A girl is pictured in front of a laptop for a day of virtual classes. (Photo: Ivan Radic/Flickr)

PITTSBURGH — A number of school districts have announced a change to either entirely virtual classes or a hybrid model of learning after days of soaring COVID-19 cases around the region.

The guidelines established by the Pennsylvania Health and Education departments say that once a county surpasses 100 cases of coronavirus for every 100,000 residents, that county has “substantial transmission.”

Allegheny County

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Baldwin-Whitehall School District

Starting Tuesday, the district will shift all students to its full remote learning model through at least December 11.

Bethel Park School District

BPSD will move to a full-time remote instructional model for all district students effective Monday, Nov. 23 with a tentatively scheduled return on Tuesday, Dec. 8. There will be no sub-groups during full-time remote instruction.

Fox Chapel Area School District

The Fox Chapel Area School District will transition to a fully virtual instruction model beginning Monday, November 23, and lasting through Friday, December 4

Moon Area School District

School officials in Moon said depending on data released on Friday, the district may moved to a virtual school model. A notice posted on the district website said if the data shows Allegheny County remains in the substantial range for a second week in a row, all students will learn at home starting Tuesday, Dec. 1.

North Catholic High School

The Diocese of Pittsburgh said that the entire varsity hockey team will move to remote learning due to a positive case of COVID-19 associated with the team.

The team will miss practices and one game, and the diocese said they’re hopeful to play again on Dec. 1.

Pine-Richland School District

Officials with the Pine-Richland School District said based on the guidelines, the district will be moving to a full virtual model. The last day of in-person classes will be Tuesday, Nov. 24. School is canceled for Wednesday, Nov. 25. The first full day of virtual school for all students will be Tuesday, Dec. 1. The district will stay in a virtual model through January.

Plum Borough School District

Students in the Plum Borough School District will continue remote learning until Jan. 4. The district said they decided to close all of its buildings “based on the rapidly increasing level of community spread of COVID-19, and public health.”

Quaker Valley School District

Beginning Monday, November 30, 2020, all Quaker Valley School District classes will move to online learning. To reduce the spread, especially after Thanksgiving, the District will move to online learning from November 30 through December 11, 2020, for all students in grades K-12. The plan is to return to the current hybrid learning models on Monday, December 14.

Shaler Area School District

The entire Shaler Area School District will transition to all virtual classes starting Monday, Nov. 23 for a three week period based on the guidelines from the county and state health departments. Students will follow the same daily scheduled they did as during the hybrid model. The district may return to that hybrid model on Monday, Dec. 14.

Sto-Rox School District

Starting on Tuesday, Dec. 1, all students will learn remotely through on Monday, Dec. 14.

South Allegheny School District

Students in the South Allegheny School District moved to an entirely virtual model on Tuesday. School leaders said the hope is that some students could be back in the buildings two days per week by Dec. 7.

South Park School District

Remote learning for South Park High School has been extended through Dec. 4.

Butler County

Freeport Area School District

All students will learn remotely next week.

Fayette County

Belle-Vernon Area School District

Starting on Tuesday, December 1 and lasting through Friday, December 11, all students will shift to remote learning.

Washington County

Canon-McMillan School District

The Canon-McMillan School District will move to remote learning for all students beginning Tuesday, December 1, 2020, through and including January 4, 2021.

Trinity Area School District

All students will learn remotely from Tuesday, December 1, 2020, through Wednesday, December 23, 2020.

Washington School District

The district announced they will be moving to full remote learning until at least Jan. 4.

Westmoreland County

New Kensington-Arnold School District

Due to concerns from the recent increase of COVID-19 cases and transmission in the community, students in the New Kensington-Arnold School District will move to a fully remote learning model starting Friday, Nov. 21 through Wednesday, Nov. 25.

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