CONTACT: KELLY HANNA
PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
WILKINSBURG SCHOOL DISTRICT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WILKINSBURG, PA – After weeks of consultation with district administrators, the Wilkinsburg School Board passed the reopening plan for the 2020-2021 school year last night for students during their monthly board meeting. The school year will commence on August 31, 2020, as originally planned with a full distance, synchronous and asynchronous, online learning curriculum. This decision was made in close consultation with data from the CDC, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and survey responses from parents and caregivers, to assure the utmost health and safety of students and staff. The district administration and board will review and monitor CDC and state data and protocols as it pertains to COVID 19 to reevaluate moving to a blended learning instruction plan during each monthly board meeting. The Board also passed the required PDE Health and Safety Plan, which was created with input from teachers, staff, parents, and caregivers.
“We looked at many scenarios for safely bringing our students and teachers back to the schools and at this time we just can’t,” said Board President, Ed Donovan. “So, we are going to give our families and students everything they need to succeed: a combination of real-time and recorded teaching models with increased rigor, and high engagement. This will not be the same as when we were forced to close in March. Students will have better technology and better real-time support. We tried to take our regular school day and deliver online. The interactive possibilities are endless, and we feel our students will be able to take advantage of these new platforms to increase learning.”
The district has implemented several resources for parents and students to access navigation aids to help with the look of this new school day on their website. “We are prepared to tackle the learning curve and elevate the experience for students and parents”, said District Superintendent, Dr. Linda Iverson. “We are here to help and appreciate the extra patience we will all need at this time to create the best learning experience possible.” During the school year, the board and administration will continue to collect data and plan for multiple scenarios for high quality teaching and learning, including full online instruction, blended models that combine in-person instruction with some online learning and full-in-person instruction. To view the full Pennsylvania Department of Education plan and the Wilkinsburg School District Online Learning Plan, please visit www.WilkinsburgSchools.org.