By: KDKA-TV News Team
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Woodland Hills School District is switching to e-learning January 7-28 due to COVID-19 cases in the district.
The news was announced Thursday in a letter to families and staff at the Woodland Hills School District COVID Response Unit.
The full letter can be found below.
Dear Families and Staff of the Woodland Hills School District,
“Due to the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the district, the Woodland Hills School District will switch to virtual learning beginning Friday January 7 and through Friday January 28.
The district’s COVID response unit – which is made up of school board members, administrators and district health counselors – made the decision to switch to virtual learning based on a number of factors , including the district’s ability to provide necessary transportation for academics, the ability to have appropriate staff coverage in our buildings, and the well-being of our academics, staff and families.
The number of documented cases in Allegheny County is approaching 5,000 per day. The Omicron variant of COVID-19 is highly transmissible, and we are seeing rates of transmission among our academics, faculty and staff that are of concern. Based on the number of absences from academics, the impact on transportation, the need for staff coverage in classrooms, and our concern for the overall health of the community of Woodland Hills, we felt it was better to switch to virtual learning.
Teachers and building administration will report to their school buildings on a daily basis while the district is in virtual learning. Teachers will be teaching from their classrooms while academics are expected to log in to take lessons at home. Over the past week, researchers have been ordered to take their Chromebooks home every day. If students don’t have their Chromebooks at home, parents and guardians should contact their building principals.
Extracurricular activities, including athletics, will continue with the recently implemented policy limiting spectators to two per participant. As has been demonstrated in previous virtual learning periods, allowing our students to continue participating in extracurricular activities is beneficial for their overall health and well-being while meeting the challenges of virtual learning.
The COVID Response Unit recognizes that in-person learning is the most effective method of education for our academics. He will continue to analyze the data and assess the best opportunity to return to in-person learning. We will notify families of our next steps at the start of the week of January 24th.
The Woodland Hills School District is committed to the health and safety of its students, staff and their families. We will continue to monitor cases in our district and Allegheny County, and provide updates as necessary. We thank you for your patience and support during these difficult times.
Woodland Hills School District COVID Response Unit