• Updated March 23, 2021

    Reopening Plan: Phase III

    During the March 23, 2021 School Board meeting, our leadership team provided an update regarding the District’s Reopening Plan and the impending transition to five days in-person instruction. Phase III of our Reopening Plan is targeted to begin upon our return from Spring Recess on Tuesday, April 6.  

    Phase III: Modified in-person Wednesday begins after Spring Recess

    Beginning April 7, in-person students will attend school on Wednesdays; however, all schools will follow a modified half day schedule.  

    The modified Wednesday schedule will be an in-person half day designed to maximize instructional time. Rather than serve lunch during the school day, a to-go lunch will be offered for all students to take home. Morning arrival times remain unchanged. Wednesday dismissal times beginning April 7 and continuing until the last student day on June 9 are as follows:

    • High School:  11 a.m.
    • Middle Schools: 12 p.m.
    • Elementary Schools:  11:30 a.m.
      • AM Kindergarten: 8:15 – 10:15 a.m.
      • PM Kindergarten: 1:05 – 3:05 p.m. (note: the afternoon kindergarten times were modified after the presentation to the school board)

    If needed, students will have the flexibility to access learning virtually on Wednesdays. Parents should use the process that has been provided by their children’s building principal to communicate this need to the respective school and teachers.

    Prior to recommending the modified Wednesday schedule, several options were evaluated in our planning for Phase III of the reopening plan. As in-person learning is most effective for the majority of students, a full, five-day return continues to be our top educational priority. However, implementation at this point in the school year presents challenges that would negatively impact many of our students. These challenges include: 

    • Separate remote and in-person sections would need to be scheduled leading to many students (both in-person and remote) having new teachers for the final nine weeks of the school year. 
    • Additional planning and collaboration time are needed to maintain our current instructional models. Our in-person/remote programs were built to ensure that ALL students have access to USC teachers and curriculum. In particular, our remote program continues to provide live instruction.
    • Our current remote model is designed not only for students who have selected the fully remote option, but for any student who is quarantined or absent to continue accessing the educational program. We continue to have many in-person students who need to access remote instruction on a daily basis for quarantine or illness.

    The implementation of a modified fifth day does not change the full remote offering. Families will continue to have the choice of a full remote option for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year. 

    For a more thorough explanation of and rationale behind Phase III and the transition to a half-day Wednesday, please take the time to watch the presentation from last night’s school board meeting.

    The district is committed to being in school five full days a week at the start of next school year.

    Updated Feb. 16, 2021

    REVISED Phase II/Phase III

    The target date to implement Phase III (5 days in-person) was originally Jan. 19, 2021. However, the Phase III implementation will be deferred until April 6, which is the start of the fourth nine week marking period. Here is a brief summary of the revised plan:

    Continuation of Phase II Instructional Model

    Grades K-8:

    • Continue with 4-day hybrid in-person learning and full remote model (No change to the current schedule)
    • Allow families to request a change to either full remote or 4-day hybrid effective Feb. 1

    Grades 9-12 (gradual return to 4-day model):

    • Maintain 2-day hybrid in-person model for the remainder of January
    • Increase to 3-day hybrid in-person learning option effective Feb. 1 (Click here for detailed information)
    • Allow families to request a change to either full remote or in-person hybrid effective Feb. 1
    • Return to 4-day in-person hybrid as conditions allow (transition to 4-day in-person set for March 1)

     Defer Implementation of Phase III

    • Target full 5-day in-person return with a remote option for all schools beginning April 6. We will continue to monitor conditions to determine if implementation can occur sooner or if further delay is required.

    ** Please note that all in-person instructional models are contingent upon the in-school COVID-19 positive case counts being below the building-level thresholds established by the Pennsylvania Departments of Education/Health, and temporary closure and/or adjustment to the instructional model may be required.  (USCSD COVID-19 Dashboard)

    For detailed information regarding the revised timeline:


    Updated Oct. 27, 2020

    Reopening Plan: Phase II and Phase III

    The District's Reopening Plan team leaders presented the proposed Phase II and Phase III Reopening Plan to the School Board on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. The plan was subsequently approved as recommended during the Oct. 26 School Board meeting. The plan includes the following:

    • Phase I (through Nov. 13): 2-day hybrid in-person learning option 
    • Phase II (Nov. 16-Jan. 18): 4-day (M,T,R,F) expanded hybrid in-person learning option - maintains Wednesday as a full remote learning day
    • Phase III (Jan. 19-June 9): 5-day in-person learning option
    • A full remote learning option remains available to students through the end of the 2020-21 school-year. 

    **Dates are subject to change contingent upon the conditions at that time

     For detailed information regarding the proposed transition plan:

    August 2020

    Executive Summary: Reopening Plan

    We recognize the academic as well as social/emotional need for students to return to school. At the same time, we also understand that we have a number of families for whom a fully remote educational program is the only viable option. Therefore, Upper St. Clair School District families will select from two educational programs to start the 2020-21 school year:

    • Hybrid Gr. 1-12 (In-person & Remote): Under this educational model, half the student population will attend in-person on Mondays and Tuesdays with remote learning on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The other half will attend in-person Thursdays and Fridays with remote learning on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The reduced daily in-person enrollment will enable classroom seating of at least six feet apart. Survey data revealed that this hybrid model was the preferred method for both families and staff.  

      Hybrid Kindergarten: Due to our enrollment numbers, we are able to sufficiently maintain physical distancing requirements in classrooms with all hybrid kindergarten students present. This enables ALL kindergarten students participating in the hybrid program to attend in-person for a half day on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.   

    • Fully Remote: Upper St. Clair teachers will deliver the Upper St. Clair curriculum via a combination of synchronous (live interaction) and asynchronous (independent learning) instruction. 

    One of the key components of this two-model approach is flexibility. Because the curriculum is the same for remote and hybrid learning, students can seamlessly transition from one learning model to the other as needed. Those who choose the hybrid option will be able to keep up with their schoolwork if they miss school. And, families who begin the school year fully remote can transition to in-person/hybrid when they believe the time is right.

    Whether you choose the hybrid or remote learning model, our primary goal remains the same – to deliver an Upper St. Clair quality educational experience to all families, in-school and at home, in a way that minimizes exposure and disruption to the greatest extent possible. We want to keep teaching and learning while maintaining the health and safety of our students, families and staff members. All instruction, regardless of model, will be delivered by Upper St. Clair teachers using Upper St. Clair curriculum.  

    The School Board approved the plan on Aug. 17, 2020, and subsequently, submitted the plan to the Pennsylvania Department of Education.