Dear Wilkinsburg School District Families and Members of the Community,
Yesterday afternoon, Governor Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) announced that all school buildings in the commonwealth will remain closed through at least April 6th as a result of the COVID-19 response efforts. If that time frame stands, students would return to school on April 9th. However, the closure order could be extended if necessary to stop the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.
Under the current timeline, school buildings would reopen on April 7th for two days to allow school administrators, teachers, and other staff time to prepare classrooms, set up cafeterias, reschedule transportation and arrange other business operations. That would allow students to return to class on April 9th, unless the closure must be extended in response to the virus situation at that time.
While students are home, Grab and Go breakfast and lunch bags will continue to be available at South Avenue Church and Community Forge. Breakfast can be picked up from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and lunch from 12 to 2 p.m. Students can also pick up instructional packets for their grade level at each site at the same time. Please visit the district website, www.wilkinsburgschools.org, for more details.
The instructional packets include enrichment and review activities on all subject areas so that students remain actively engaged in their learning while schools are closed. Although optional, I encourage parents and students to pick them up so that students do not fall behind.
We have also added a link on the website that includes additional review activities for students: https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html. Scroll down the page and click on the appropriate grade.
Please know that we are consistently exploring other options and means through which the district can provide these instructional activities to students. Watch for future text messages with updates from me.
Thank you very much and stay safe, stay healthy and stay home!
Linda J. Iverson, Ph.D.
Wilkinsburg School District