PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — For the first time since March, students were getting off buses and walking the hallways of Pittsburgh Public Schools Monday.
Across the district, around 800 students returned to the classroom. The school brought back students who are vulnerable and need to be in classroom to learn.
According to Superintendent Dr. Anthony Hamlet, desks are spaced and signs are posted around schools to remind students of physical distancing.
“We begin to select based on those most vulnerable students who need to come back in the classroom,” Dr. Hamlet said. “Who is having difficulty in remote learning, and who are those students that need or can’t learn without a teacher in front of them.”
With rising COVID-19 cases across the area, Dr. Hamlet is not concerned, because it is a small number of students returning.
“Making sure we have our PPE (personal protective equipment), our sanitizer, making sure we have masks, and everyone understands the expectation of wearing the mask and the importance of it as well,” Dr. Hamlet said.
Dr. Hamlet believes more students could be brought back to the classroom in the future.
“We have to test our infrastructure, meaning our wireless access points, and making sure when all the teachers come back and employees come back, but also having students in the building — can our system manage this?” Dr. Hamlet said.
As for the rest of the students they will continue to to learn from home with remote learning. The earliest we could see hybrid learning is January.