Meeting over return date for Pittsburgh Public Schools draws mixed reaction

This comes days after the district said it is looking into possibly delaying the return of in-person classes until April.

The virtual public meeting lasted over three hours with more than 70 speakers voicing their concerns and support for a return to the classroom in February.

With coronavirus cases still high, board president Sylvia Wilson proposed the resolution to delay the hybrid return until April 6 last week.

Many teachers backed the proposal.

Students are currently set to return to a blend of in-person and online instruction on Feb. 8.

Some parents are becoming increasingly frustrated in the face of another delay, worried that their children are falling behind.

“The PPS school board’s decision to continue with virtual only learning has wreaked havoc on my child’s social and emotional development, on our family’s finances and our family in general,” one parent said during Monday’s meeting.

Others pleaded with the district to at least start small, asking to bring in younger students or those who are struggling the most with virtual learning.

“Let’s choose one group and get started. Please, please don’t delay the return of school until April 6. It’s going to be so messy getting kids back to school during this pandemic. But let’s accept the messiness and just start trying,” one parent said.

The board will vote on the delay during a board meeting on Wednesday. If approved, a hybrid schedule would begin on April 6.

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