• 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. 


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