Second round of Pittsburgh Public School students head back to classroom

PITTSBURGH — It was a big day for nearly 5,000 Pittsburgh Public School district students. They returned to the classroom on Monday.

Next week, the rest -- about 10,000 students -- go back to having in-person instruction.

The first group of PPS students returned to the classroom on April 6.

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Pre-K, kindergartners and students struggling with remote learning made up the first group. All students will follow a hybrid model. Two days in the classroom, and three days of remote learning.

Wednesdays have been set aside as a “deep cleaning” day.

So, no students will be in the building on Wednesdays.

The district still needs to decide what to do about a significant bus driver shortage.

Pittsburgh Public Schools is short of about 200 drivers.

The district has previously provided students with CONNECT tickets to use the Port Authority buses to get to school.

Now to help solve the bus problem, school officials are talking about using public transportation to get elementary school students to school.

They said parents could ride PAT buses with their little ones to get them to school.

They’re also talking about altering start times for students, but they have not finalized transportation plans ahead of the final phased return next week.