Pittsburgh Public Schools, PFT and One PA Call Community to join “All In To Reopen Our Schools”.
For Immediate Release Contact: Ebony R. Pugh (412) 475-1523
Pittsburgh Public Schools, PFT and One Pa Call Community to Join “All In to Reopen Our Schools”
PITTSBURGH, PA June 3, 2020 –– On the heels of preliminary guidance for the phased reopening of schools by Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera, Pittsburgh Public Schools, Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers (PFT) and One Pa announce the launch of All In to Reopen Our Schools. The effort aims to bring the Pittsburgh community together to plan the safe and successful reopening of schools this fall.
“As a caregiver to tens of thousands of children, we see the plan for reopening our schools essential to the effective reopening of the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, said Superintendent Anthony Hamlet, Ed.D. “ Through our partnership with the PFT and One Pa, I am sure we can design a plan that considers all voices and will put Pittsburgh on the map as a true innovator in these unprecedented times.”
“We are prioritizing real community voices and broad collaboration to find the solutions we need for our kids,” Angel Gober from One Pa emphasized. The All In to Reopen Our Schools plan will be developed by 16 subcommittees, composed of a cross-section of stakeholders, within five categories:
Academic Programming and Instructional Support
Academic Personnel and Developing Capacity
Family Support & Wellbeing
School Operations for a Safe and Healthy Environment
Communications, Outreach and Community Coordination
“The PFT has been eager to work with the Pittsburgh Public Schools on a plan that will bring our students and staff back to school safely,” said Nina Esposito Visgitis, President Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers. “Teachers have valiantly embraced our remote learning reality, but of course, they are eager to get back inside of the classroom, where teaching and learning flourish best.”
The work of the subcommittees will be informed by guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and informed by parent feedback gathered through the District’s Remote Learning Parent Survey. The survey will end at the close of business tomorrow, June 4.
“Our community and our children are heartbroken by the treatment of Black people in this country right now. It is critical that we work together, across diverse communities to design a safe plan to meet our children’s needs,” said Angel Gober, One Pennsylvania, Western PA Organizing Director. “I believe in us.”
The work of the subcommittees will complement and strengthen the work already underway through Imagine PPS with the assistance of community champions. All In to Reopen Our Schools will ensure the short-term work required to respond to COVID-19 strengthens the development of the Imagine PPS strategic plan.
The All In to Reopen Our Schools plan is expected to be released to the public on July 22. The fourth and final round of instructional packet distribution began today and will conclude tomorrow, June 4, at more than 40 locations across the city. The District continues to distribute technological devices to students in need. This week students in Kindergarten and 5th grade will receive devices, and students in grades 6th and 7th will get devices next week, totaling 8,649 devices distributed by PPS. The last day of school for students is Friday, June 12, with 2020 commencement ceremonies for most secondary schools taking place on June 13 and June 14. A full commencement schedule can be found at www.pghschools.org/graduation.