June 1, 2020 PPS Parent Update Letter
Monday, June 1, 2020
Dear PPS Families,
As protesters across the nation, and here in Pittsburgh, act in response to the tragic death of George Floyd, my thoughts and concerns remain with the students, families, and staff of the Pittsburgh Public Schools. I realize this crisis is heavy on the hearts and minds of everyone throughout our school community. From grieving, to speaking out against injustice, to listening and learning about others’ pain, to taking social action through outreach or protest, Pittsburgh is trying to make sense of the hurt and our responsibilities as good stewards to our fellow citizens and next generation of leaders.
As we prepare to graduate the class of 2020, I know they will lead us against divisions caused by racism and bigotry and create a more just world for all. I am encouraged by the number of students registered and ready to vote in tomorrow’s primary election for the first time. I have mailed in my ballot and hope each of you can get out to vote tomorrow. Polls are open from 7 A.M. to 8 P.M. To find your polling location, visit https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/Pages/PollingPlaceInfo.aspx
Parent Survey on Remote Learning and the opening of the 2020-2021 School Year
As of today, we received 2,930 responses to our remote learning parent survey. If you have not done so already, please take the survey online at https://www.pghschools.org/ppsparentsurvey. Families that need assistance completing the survey can contact 412-529-HELP (4357) or submit a ticket through www.pghschools.org/LetsTalk. The deadline to complete the survey is Wednesday, June 3.
PPS Cares Parade Postponed
To ensure the safety of all students, families, and staff and give Pittsburgh a moment to breathe and heal, we have decided to postpone the PPS Cares Parade scheduled for today to Monday, June 15.
Grab & Go Meal Sites – Week of June 1
To avoid overlap of voters with students and families, school-based Grab & Go Meal sites not be open tomorrow, Tuesday, June 2. Sites will be open Wednesday, June 3 and Friday, June 5. Some community sites may have alternative schedules. For the most up to date list, please visit www.pghschools.org/grabandgo.
Technology Distribution – Kindergarten and 5th Grade Students in Need
Families with students in Kindergarten and 5th grade identified as needing technology at home will be contacted by their child’s teacher or principal regarding distribution this week. Kindergarten students will receive iPads, and 5th-grade students will receive laptops. The District is working to provide every child with technology at home and is currently distributing technology based on available equipment and grade-level need. Please contact your child’s teacher or principal if your child needs technology at home. Any student or family member picking up a laptop during this week’s distribution should be wearing a face-covering such as a mask, scarf, or bandana and follow all social distancing protocols.
Instructional Packet Distribution – Round 4
The last wave of instructional packets will be distributed Wednesday, June 3, and Thursday, June 4, at school and community sites across the city for students in grades PreK-7. Packets will be available for pick-up between 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Families can access the last wave of materials online beginning on Monday, June 1, at www.pghschools.org/remotelearning. To identify the school or community location closest to your home, please visit www.wprdc.org/pps-pickup/. Some community sites may only distribute instructional packets on Grab and Go meal distribution days of Wednesday, June 3, and Friday, June 5. Please check online for an updated list – www.pghschools.org/grabandgo.
Sites will not be accepting any completed instructional packet. Please work with your child’s teacher on packet submission.
Families that are unable to pick-up materials are encouraged to contact the District’s Support Center at 412-529-HELP or www.pghschools.org/letstalk. The instructional materials for students in regional classrooms, Pioneer and Conroy will be mailed and should arrive by Tuesday, June 2.
Summer Programming Options – Deadline to Apply is June 5 at 5:00 pm for all Programs
– Virtual Summer Dreamers Academy – K-5 Students
The 2020 Summer Dreamers Academy is a premier no-cost summer learning camp for current kindergarten through fifth grade students. The program will be held virtually through Microsoft Teams from June 29 through August 5. Families interested in applying can find the application online and apply using their Home Access Center (HAC) username and password. For help with your HAC credentials, please call 412-529-4357. For assistance with the online application, please contact 412-529-2454 and a team member will return your call as soon as possible.
– Summer Brain Booster Online Classes – 10th & 11th Grade Students
High school students finishing the 10th and 11th grades can take select online academic courses based on the PPS school year curriculum to boost students’ academic skills. The application is available online.
– Online Summer Learn & Earn Program – 8th & 9th Grade Students
The Summer Learn & Earn Youth Employment Program is designed to provide students that are finishing the 8th and 9th grade with employment experience and relevant professional development. Eligible students ages 14 and older should also apply through the city’s Summer Youth Employment Program to receive online training and guidance to complete a paid remote work experience in partnership with a local organization.
We want to hear from all of our families so please take our survey by Wednesday, June 3 at https://www.pghschools.org/ppsparentsurvey.
Have a great week,
Anthony D. Hamlet, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Schools