Pittsburgh Public Schools Preparing For Online Instruction

Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Anthony Hamlet
Photo credit Joe DeStio/ KDKA Radio

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Pittsburgh Public Schools teachers and students are preparing for a new way to learn.

Beginning April 16, “at home” instruction will begin for the district’s 1,700 teachers and 23,000 students.

Teachers will be receive training on Tuesday on how to move forward with online instruction.

Distribution of online materials to students will happen on April 14 and 15.

“During this unprecedented time for all of us, among those systems most affected are our urban schools, which serve so many of our most vulnerable children,” said Grant Oliphant, President of The Heinz Endowments. “We know there are many students who rely on school for their next meal, counseling, mental-health services, access to technology, and of course learning. In the absence of traditional schooling, it is the responsibility of all of us in this community to work with the District to ensure that no student is overlooked, and that all of our young people have the real opportunity to learn and grow remotely.”

As of Tuesday, through the completion of 6,148 Home Technology Surveys, the district has learned of over 10,200 students that need access to computers or other way of learning online.

The district also has discovered that five percent of families who filed out the survey said they do not have access to the internet and they expect that number is expected to grow as officials continue to reach out to families.

Hard to reach families are being contacted directly.

The surveys are also available at the Grab and Go sites across the city until April 1.

“We understand how important it is to get our region’s students back to school and back to learning. We also know there is a desire across the community to step up and help