Pittsburgh Public Schools Students To Return To Classrooms After Spring Break

Pittsburgh Public students are officially on spring break, but when they return, some will head back to the building on April 6; KDKA's Nicole Ford reports.

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STACY SMITH: Pittsburgh Public School students are officially now on spring break, and when they return next month, a select group will be heading back to the classroom for the first time in a year.

Nicole Ford is live now to show you how the district is preparing. Nicole?

NICOLE FORD: Stacy, the district says they are ready to go on April 6. Now, some things to note is parents will be responsible for pre-screening their child at home. That includes temperature checks and checking to see if they have any COVID-19 symptoms. This is all in an effort to keep everyone safe and make sure everyone has an opportunity to be educated.

Little seats and empty desks sit at the ready.

WILLIAM CARY ALLEN: They're like, "Mr. Allen, show us the room." And so I held up my computer and I was spanning around the room.

NICOLE FORD: Furniture is out, signs up, and the school is set up CDC style.

The staff at Pittsburgh Lincoln spent the last week back in the classroom for the first time in a year.

WILLIAM CARY ALLEN: In a lot of ways, a lot of things are familiar. I mean, this is our school home. I always tell the kids, it's just a building without them. So to me, like I said, we are here in the building, but it'll be the school once the kids are here.

NICOLE FORD: Come April 6, some students will join them.

WILLIAM CARY ALLEN: To take a run at it for the last couple of months of school, I think is great. And I think it's a breath of fresh air for the kids to feel like they're approaching something close to what they've come to expect from us.

NICOLE FORD: Pittsburgh Public Schools is returning students in phases, but by the time the last group returns, there will be less than a dozen school days left. So why bring them back at all?

ANTHONY HAMLET: It's to provide our NCL survey for our kids to gauge where they are socially, emotionally, and mentally, as well to provide supports.

NICOLE FORD: Dr. Hamlet says outside of assessment, being in a building will allow students to recognize the end of the year and transition to a new grade or even a new building come the fall.

Dr. Hamlet says that a group with support staff members as well as administrators are currently working on a plan to help address learning loss. He knows that this is an issue and a concern from parents, with remote learning going for more than a year. He hopes to come up with some plans to put in place for years to come.

Reporting live on the North Side tonight, Nicole Ford, KDKA News.