With schools across Pennsylvania closed until further notice because of COVID-19, Pittsburgh Public Schools are preparing to begin remote at-home instruction for students.
Student instruction will begin April 16, following orientation and distribution of materials on April 14 and April 15, the school district said Monday night. Teachers were set to begin training Tuesday.The school district said 41 percent of families who responded to its Home Technology Survey indicated they do not have a device for each child in their home, with another 5 percent reporting they have no access to the Internet. The survey will end April 1. Anyone who has not responded is asked to do so at www.pghschools.org/hometechsurvey or call 412-529-HELP (4357). Hard copies will be available at Grab-and-Go meal sites.
The school district said it will buy 5,000 new laptops, adding them to the 2,500 that it says are already available. Another 599 devices will come from the University of Pittsburgh. The district said it will continue working to get more. Distribution to identified students will begin with high school seniors April 9.
Printed instructional packets will be provided for students who are unable to complete them online. Packets will be distributed at Grab-and-Go meal locations.
PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – Pittsburgh public school officials are planning now to be closed longer than the two weeks ordered by Governor Tom Wolf.
Superintendent Anthony hamlet doesn’t know how long districts will be closed but he says they are planning for it to last through April, longer if necessary.
He spoke at Langley high school where a few students were picking up grab and go lunch is activity packets will be available next week for students without access to the districts online learning.
Pittsburgh is home to several of these buildings, some which haven’t been used by the district for years.
Aside from being a top-down review of the district’s finances, the plan brings in community groups to help give expertise and possibly money to improve issues in the district.
The key categories: Student pathways, areas of interest, school design and school/performance improvement.
The community groups stepping up to help: UPMC Children’s Hospital, Achieva, Heinz Endowment, CCAC and the Buhl Foundation, to name a few.
Over the next six months, the district will work with a specific group to figure out plans to improve classrooms and get students ready for the jobs of tomorrow.
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (WTAJ) –Johnstown High School was under a “shelter in place” causing dismissal to be delayed Friday.
Police were on the scene to handle a situation in the Moxham neighborhood of Johnstown.
In addition to the treatment at the high school, an exterminator will treat all buildings in the Laurel Highlands School District through the weekend. All buses and vans will be treated by Saturday.
Parents are being told to clean students’ book bags and to not use those bags until Tuesday.
The school district said the state health department is not recommending closure of the building, but any individual students can be excused with written permission from a parent or guardian.
Some parents told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 they were upset they were not notified sooner and that classes are not being canceled during the treatment of the buildings and vehicles.
Family accuses officials at Fiske Elementary School of kicking a nine-year-old boy out into the cold without a coat, after he’d repeatedly complained of being bullied
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Hundreds of credit cards issued by the district to teachers and staff have questionable oversight and controls.
Procurement cards, or p-cards for short, are school district-issued credit cards for the purchases of last-minute supplies.
They are a convenient and streamlined way of keeping the wheels of education turning.
A KDKA investigation has found that the Pittsburgh Public Schools have issued no less than 650 of these cards to teachers and staff, who are racking up millions of dollars of purchases every year.
And while the cards are not supposed to be used for personal purchases, Controller Michael Lamb says it’s a system of loose oversight and controls that IS based mainly on trust.
“When you have that many cards, you lose control,” Lamb said. “And when the proper procedures aren’t in place, you create the opportunity for fraud. And that’s what you have in the school district right now.”
PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh Public Schools are investigating after possible marijuana-laced desserts were discovered at a high school.
Channel 11 has learned marijuana may have been baked into what appeared to be brownies and Rice Krispies Treats at Taylor Allderdice High School.
The discovery was made on the same day Gov. Tom Wolf announces his support for legalizing marijuana for adults over the age of 18.
California governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation to increase the 2019-2020 state budget to $42.6 million. This expansion allows the California College Promise program to make a second year of free community college tuition possible for approximately 33,000 students.
A criminal complaint said Jennifer Murawski, 38, of Monroeville, took $3,600 from book fairs at Evergreen Elementary School and Moss Side Middle School in the Gateway School District.
The complaint said she took another $7,300 directly from the Mosside Family-Teacher Organization bank account.
Right now, University of Texas students are running to the registrar’s office or firing up their computers to sign up for an upcoming Matthew McConaughey class.
UT’s Moody College of Communication announced Wednesday that the Academy Award-winning actor has been appointed as a professor of practice to the Department of Radio-Television-Film faculty.
The University of Pittsburgh is suspending a program that brought Chinese students to Pittsburgh to teach Mandarin to K-12 schools in the area.
The suspension of the program came after U.S. State Department required changes to the program, including more oversight of the instructors and how paperwork was submitted for visas. Belkys Torres, the executive director of global engagement at Pitt, said these changes stemmed from an audit conducted by the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Private Sector Exchange Program Administration (OPA) last fall.
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