Superintendent's Parent and Family Update
Keeping PPS Families Engaged and Informed
Tuesday, June 8, 2021
A Message from Superintendent Hamlet
Dear PPS Families,

It is hard to believe that this is our final week of school for the 2020-2021 school year. What a year it has been! As we prepare to say our goodbyes for the summer, I congratulate our students that are graduating from high school. Ceremonies to celebrate these students began on Friday, June 4, and will commence Sunday, June 13. For a full schedule, visit our website. All ceremonies will be available to watch virtually.

I want to applaud every one of our students. This year has not been easy. As difficult as it was, it did demonstrate the resiliency, adaptability, and problem-solving skills of our students. It also helped us remove the digital divide that has been a barrier for so many young students, especially in urban areas such as Pittsburgh.

We can confidently say that we have evolved from being a district with stationary computer labs, 7-8 computers per classroom to a one-to-one District that offers students PreK-12 with a personal device to use at home and school. Being a one-to-one District does not mean that personal devices such as laptops and touchscreens replace paper and pencils. It simply means that we now have the flexibility to adjust if needed and utilize technology in a new and improved way.

Thanks to the American Rescue Plan's Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER I and ESSER II), investments have been made to refresh our technology, extend our Wi-Fi accessibility at every school and enhance the air quality of our buildings with HVAC upgrades and HEPA filters. The funding has also provided us the ability to sustain our investments in supplemental and adaptable digital resources and provide our staff with training and support on Cultural Responsiveness, Support for English Learners and Families, Restorative Practices, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Implicit Bias, and Social-Emotional Learning. Watch the May 11th Business and Finance Board presentation on how we used our ESSER funding to learn more.
In July, we will begin engagement with the broader PPS community on the use of ESSER III funding after we learn from our school staff about what they need. Stay tuned for opportunities to lend your voice!

Thanks for sticking with us this year! We look forward to welcoming all of our students back 5-days a week in August 2021. To view the 2021-2021 calendar, click here.

Have a safe and enjoyable summer!

Yours in education,

Anthony D. Hamlet, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Schools
PPS Back to School
Return to Five Days a Week for 2021 -2022 School Year 
As the number of Pennsylvanians vaccinated increases and COVID-19 restrictions decrease, we look forward to the safe return of all students for five days a week in-person instruction this Fall. Be on the lookout for your back-to-school materials in August. 
Save the Date #PittsburghForPPS Back to School Event
The biggest back to school event is BACK! PNC, Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Penguins, Comcast, United Way of Southwestern PA, Eat'n Park, WAMO 107.3, PT Services Group are teaming up with Pittsburgh Public Schools to provide the essentials for families to get ready for the 2021-2022 school year. From stuffed book bags to cloth masks, the amenities provided are all at no-cost to PPS families. Join us on Friday, August 20, 2021 from 11 AM - 3 PM in the North Shore for this drive-through event.
Student Vaccination Clinics
Student Vaccination Appointments Still Available
Giant Eagle and UPMC are partnering with Pittsburgh Public Schools to vaccinate PPS students 12 years old and older. Giant Eagle and UPMC professionals have been deployed to PPS schools to provide students with the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

Appointments are still available for this Wednesday's vaccination clinics, which are open to any PPS student age 12. To schedule an appointment or see the full schedule, please visit the District website.
PPS Student Technology Refresh and Device Return
All district devices need to be reimaged before the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year. Schools are collecting student devices and hotspots this week from students who are NOT participating in District-led summer programming (ex. Summer Boost, CCS/Extended School Year (ESY) and Credit Recovery, etc.). All seniors participating in commencement and receiving their diploma this weekend must return their device by Friday, June 11. Please work with your students to back-up personal and work documents before turning in their device. Reimaging will delete all data on the devices. District devices not returned for reimaging and an update will not work for the 2021-2022 school year. 

If you cannot drop off your child's device at school, please use a Technology Drop-off Center. Centers will be open on June 12, 13, 16, 17, 18 from 8:00 AM-2:00 PM at the following locations:

Pittsburgh Carrick High School
125 Parkfield Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15210

Pittsburgh Obama
515 N. Highland Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Pittsburgh King
50 Montgomery Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Pittsburgh Langley
2940 Sheraden Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15204

Frequently Asked Questions
1. Can my child keep their device if they are attending District-led summer programming? 
Yes. Students attending District-led summer programming can keep their devices until the end of their summer program. Device collection will occur at summer programming sites after the program. 

2. Can my child keep their designated Assistive Technology (AT) Device(s) for the summer if they are NOT attending summer programming?
Yes. Students in grade K-11 that have designated AT device(s) and are NOT attending CCS/ESY can keep their device until the AT exchange on August 3. The device exchange will occur at the Program for Students with Exceptionalities (PSE) office located at Oliver Citywide Academy (OCA) located at 2323 Brighton Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15212 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Families will be notified via robocall. Students can keep their devices until August 3. 

3. When will my child receive an updated device? 
New devices will be provided to students at the beginning of the school year by their school. 

4. Why does my child need to turn in their District device? 
All District devices will be reimaged and updated for the 2021-2022 school year. Devices not returned for reimaging and updates will not work.

5. What if my child’s device is lost or broken? 
If a device was lost, please contact your child’s school for next steps. Broken devices can be returned at no cost.  
Walk for One Promise
Supporting PPS Students and the Pittsburgh Promise
The Pittsburgh Promise is holding its annual Walk for One Promise on June 12-July 31, 2021. Students, families, teachers, and school staff are encouraged to register and walk or make a donation by visiting www.pittsburghpromise.org/walk.  
Upcoming Board Meetings
Please tune in to watch our Board Meetings by visiting our website on the date and time of the meeting. All meetings will occur virtually. Board meetings will occur on the following dates and times. 
Tuesday, June 8 – Education Committee Meeting. The meeting will include presentations on the Evaluation of K-2 Non-Violent Suspension Ban and the Incidence of Calls for Service, Citations, and Arrests Using Data from The Pittsburgh Public Schools Police Data and Student Information Systems (2013/14-2019/20)
Wednesday, June 16 - Agenda Review
Monday, June 21 – Public Hearing
Wednesday, June 23 – Legislative Meeting. 
Have a Great Summer with the Library! 
It’s time for Summer Reading! Did you know that reading just five books over summer vacation helps students return to school ready to learn? That’s why Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is encouraging everyone to read five books this summer. Starting on June 13, register and log what you read at carnegielibrary.org/summer! Magazines, newspapers, graphic novels, audiobooks, and eBooks all count towards your reading goal. Kids and teens can also visit their local CLP branch to get a free book to take home.
 
The Regional Asset District (of which the Library is a member) offers a RAD variety of free, virtual education programs for kids in partnership with local organizations like Phipps, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and more! CLP will share each program on social media, so follow them on Facebook and Instagram for more information throughout the summer. 
For more information about reopening schools, please visit:
www.pghschools.org/reopeningourschools