March 13, 2020
This morning we participated in a webinar with the Pennsylvania Secretary of Education and, subsequently, watched the Office of the Governor’s press conference in the afternoon. Unfortunately, school districts were not provided the direction and guidance that we had expected from our state leaders. As such, southern Allegheny County superintendents and their respective School Boards have collaborated and each has made the decision to close schools for the foreseeable future.
Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, Upper St. Clair School District will remain CLOSED until Tuesday, April 14, 2020. During this time, ALL school district activities and athletics at all levels are suspended.
Our students have been instructed to bring home all of their instructional materials and any personal items they may need throughout the next several weeks. We are currently treating this closure as a school break without instruction until we are provided additional guidance or instructional options from the Pennsylvania Department of Education or the Office of the Governor.
At this time, we do not know what impact this will have on our school calendar relative to make-up days, number of required instructional days, standardized testing schedules, etc. However, at this point in time, those issues are secondary to the health and wellbeing of our students, our staff and the greater community. We are making today’s cancellation decision out of an abundance of caution. The medical community has been clear – the only way to help stop the spread of COVID-19 is to practice social distancing.
We know there are many questions – especially how this closure will affect our graduating seniors. We ask for your patience as we sort through some of these issues. Information will be shared on our district’s website as well as through additional emails as decisions are made.
In addition, we recognize that this extended closure may be a hardship for many families. We will be gathering and sharing additional information including a list of school and community resources in the coming days.
Thank you for your understanding and support.
John T. Rozzo, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools