PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Pittsburgh Public Schools board approved the proposed health and safety plan for the upcoming school year.

Pittsburgh Public Schools barely had any in-person learning last academic year. Students and teachers will be back in the classroom five days a week for the 2021-2022 school year.

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The state required health and safety plan for PPS includes:

  • All students and employees must wear masks while inside school buildings and on buses. Masks do not need to be worn outside or while playing a sport.
  • Staff will adjust rooms to allow social distancing, 3 feet for students and 6 feet between adults.
  • Schools will have a beefed-up cleaning regiment and improved ventilation.
  • The district administration released its safety plan weeks ago and public comments were made. Some people agreed it was necessary, while others believed it’s too difficult.

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    The board of directors voted to approve the plan during a legislative session Wednesday night.

    “I have heard some concerns about how we are going to do 3 feet apart in some schools, but I’m confident we will work through every issue with any classroom that is having any issues. I also hope we continue the conversation about adding other mitigation strategies because this Delta variant is no joke,” said Pam Harbin, District 4 board member.

    Sala Udin, district 3 board member, brought up how vaccinations should be required for students and teachers. The solicitor mentioned the school board has no authority to mandate vaccinations for students.

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    Click here to view the district’s plan.