May 27, 2020 PPS Parent Update Letter
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Dear PPS Families,
I hope you and your family had a wonderful Memorial Day holiday.
Parent Survey on Remote Learning and the 2020-2021 School Year
Today, the District launched a parent survey on remote learning and the upcoming 2020-2021 school year to learn more about students’ experiences during the school closure and to support fall 2020 planning. All responses will be reviewed and considered as we plan our school opening options for the fall. To complete the Remote Learning survey online, visit www.pghschools.org/ppsparentsurvey. Families that need assistance completing the survey can contact 412-529-HELP (4357) or www.pghschools.org/LetsTalk. The deadline to complete the
survey is Wednesday, June 3.
Light Up Night for the Class of 2020
May 29 is the last day for PPS seniors. In honor of the class of 2020, residents and businesses across the city are asked to turn on their lights and make some noise from 8:30–9:30 PM on Friday, May 29.
Instructional Packet Distribution – Round 4
The next wave of instructional packets will be distributed Wednesday, June 3 and Thursday, June 4.
Emergency Supplemental Food Payments
Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the Food and Nutrition Service approved the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services to provide households, with children eligible for free and reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program (NLSP) or the School
Breakfast Program (SBP), with Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) benefits due to COVID-19 and related school closures. This is meant to ensure that all children who would normally receive meals at school do not go hungry while schools are closed. Below is a high-level overview. Additional information is available online.
Since all students in PPS are eligible to receive free breakfast and lunch through the Community Eligibility Program, all PPS families, PreK-12, will receive P-EBT supplemental funds for lunches missed while being out of school from March 16 to June 12, 2020.
The benefit amount is $5.70 per school day per child. Each PPS student will receive $370.50.
Benefits will be provided to all eligible children whether or not they currently receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.
Children who are identified as part of an open Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or SNAP household will receive their P-EBT benefit directly on the household’s current EBT card the same way current SNAP/TANF benefits are received. Households with children who are not identified as part of an open SNAP or TANF household will be issued a white PEBT card.
The card will be mailed to the head of the household or to one of the children in the household on or around Friday, June 12.
The person listed does not need to be present when using the card.
P-EBT cards are non-transferrable.
The Department of Human Services recommends a family to shred or dispose of the card if they do not wish to participate in the program.
Summer Programming Options – Deadlines to Apply is Fast Approaching
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. The daily schedule will be shortened and will incorporate fun and engaging camp activities that our campers and families have come to enjoy. Families interested in applying can find the application at www.pghschools.org/summerdreamers 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. Application Closes at 5:00 pm June 5.
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. Applicants can select up to two out of nine courses that will be offered this summer. Participation is not graded and is not credit-bearing. The application is available at www.pghschools.org/brainbooster. Application closes at 5:00 pm on June 5.
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. Interested applicants should apply online. 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. Students under 14 and students that do not meet the income criteria will be eligible to participate; however, they will not be eligible to receive the Learn & Earn stipend.
The application closes at 5:00 pm on June 5.
Paragon Fresh Vegetable Distribution – Begins Thursday, May 28th
Beginning Thursday, May 28, Paragon Foods will distribute a mixed box of produce every Thursday for the next six months in the parking lots at the following schools from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM on a first-come, first-served basis.
Milliones (UPrep): 3117 Centre Avenue – 15219
Carmalt: 1550 Breining Street – 15226
Perry: 3875 Perrysville Avenue – 15214
Faison: 7430 Tioga Street – 15208
The Gifted Center: 1400 Crucible Street – 15205
Per guidelines for social distancing and quick traffic flow, interested families will be required to use a car to pick up the boxes of produce. Families unable to participate with a car can contact The
Food Bank at 412-460-3663 ext. 665 or 2-1-1.
Thank you for your continued support. Please remember to visit
www.pghschools.org/ppsparentsurvey to provide your feedback on remote learning.
Anthony D. Hamlet, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Schools