Keystone Oaks School District News Article

March 22: Elementary Schools Moving to Four Days of In-Person Instruction

After reviewing survey responses from District employees along with the number of students who want to commit to in-person instruction and making the necessary adjustments to elementary classrooms, the Keystone Oaks School District is planning to move to four days of in-person instruction for all three Keystone Oaks elementary schools on Monday, March 22, 2021. Wednesdays will continue to remain days of online instruction. 

Here are the approximate number of students that will be present in each building for in-person instruction: 

  • Aiken Elementary School - 178

  • Dormont Elementary School - 235
    Myrtle Elementary School -  204

In the large majority of our classrooms, six feet of physical distancing will be able to be maintained. In classrooms where six feet cannot be maintained, the building principals and the classroom teachers are working together to either move classes to a large space or to install clear plastic shields on student desks. In most cases, these classrooms only have 2 or 3 extra student desks.

If you are uncomfortable with these health and safety measures and would like to switch your student to Option #2: Online Synchronous Learning, please reach out to your building principal by 3 p.m. on Friday, March 12, 2021. 

As the district transitions to four days of in-person instruction, the following will be in place: 

  • Students who have selected to participate in in-person instruction are expected to be physically present in class four days per week.

  • Students who have selected the in-person instruction may only participate online for approved medical reasons, including quarantine related to COVID-19, or with prior approval from the building principal. 

  • Students who miss two consecutive days of in-person instruction, without a legitimate excuse such as for illness, will be moved to Option #2: Online Synchronous Learning. 

  • Each building principal will maintain a “waiting list” of students who want to attend in-person classes and will reach out to those families as space becomes available. 

  • The District will continue to follow the state’s mandates and/or guidelines related to building closures once a certain threshold of positive COVID cases is reached. The District will continue to report positive cases of COVID.

  • Masks are still mandated as per the Governor of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.  

Thank you for your continued patience and support as we navigate the challenging circumstances of the 2020/2021 school year. We encourage you to continue to follow health and safety guidelines at all times so that we can continue to offer in-person instruction. Please also remember to report exposure to COVID-19 or positive cases of COVID-19 to your school nurse, Mrs. Lochie ([email protected]) and Mrs. Welch ([email protected]). 

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