Dozens of schools within the Pittsburgh Public Schools district will move to remote learning for two days this week due to forecasted high temperatures.
Superintendent Dr. Wayne N. Walter activated the district’s Extreme Heat Protocol on Monday.
The following 38 schools will learn remotely on Tuesday and Wednesday:
The district implemented the new protocol back in May and began monitoring heat anytime temperatures go above 85 degrees:
“The health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority. Exposure to excessive heat can cause heat-related illness. Therefore, when outside temperatures are forecasted (The National Weather Service) to reach or exceed 85℉ and/or a heat index of 90℉ or higher is projected for one or more days, the District will monitor the temperatures inside each school facility to inform decisions to protect the health and safety of students and staff. The District will determine if a temporary shift to remote learning or other action is necessary.
“The District will make the decision and communicate as early as possible to minimize last-minute disruptions for students, families and staff.”
The decision upset some parents that we spoke with.
“He only had a two-day week last week and now it’s going to be a two-day week this week,” said Abbie Ramos, a parent.
Abbie Ramos’s son is in kindergarten and last week was his first week of school. Ramos said she was just getting used to being in the classroom, but now with the district’s recent announcement when he returns, he will have had 5 days out of the classroom.
“Maybe some AC would be great,” Ramos said.
We spoke with other parents who said this should have been avoided so parents wouldn’t need to scramble for childcare.
“We shouldn’t be canceling the first week due to heat, that’s a problem that we should fix beforehand,” said parent Julian Taylor, whose son attends a different district.
So, we asked Ramos with such little notice, what her plans were.
“Possibly just a free day,” she said.
During those two days, Grab and Go meal service will be available from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the following locations:
West: Pittsburgh Chartiers, Pittsburgh Westwood
North: Pittsburgh King, Pittsburgh Morrow Intermediate Campus, Pittsburgh Perry East: Pittsburgh Arsenal, Pittsburgh Colfax, Pittsburgh Dilworth, Pittsburgh Faison, Pittsburgh Fulton, and Pittsburgh Greenfield
Hill District: Pittsburgh Miller, Pittsburgh Weil Hazelwood: Spartan Community Center South: Pittsburgh Brookline, Pittsburgh Concord, Pittsburgh Grandview, Pittsburgh Phillips, and Pittsburgh Roosevelt Primary Campus.
The city has also announced that it will be opening its cooling centers on Tuesday and Wednesday as well.
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