Coronavirus staff shortages push 17 Pittsburgh public schools online – CBS Pittsburgh


By: KDKA-TV News Team

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The coronavirus continues to impact schools in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Public Schools announced Monday that 17 schools this week will switch to online learning due to staff shortages linked to COVID-19. Eight schools are closed Tuesday and nine more are closed the rest of the week.

On Sunday, the district moved 12 schools to online learning for Monday due to COVID-19.

The eight schools closed on Tuesday are:

  • Pittsburgh Carrick High School
  • Pittsburgh Greenfield PreK-8
  • Pittsburgh Liberty PreK-5
  • Pittsburgh South Hills 6-8
  • Pittsburgh Whittier PreK-5
  • Pittsburgh Obama 6-12
  • Pittsburgh Sterrett 6-8
  • Pittsburgh Westinghouse 6-12
  • The nine schools closed for the rest of the week are:

  • Pittsburgh Allegheny PreK-5
  • Pittsburgh Classic Academy 6-8
  • Pittsburgh Langley PreK-8
  • Pittsburgh Lincoln PreK-5
  • Pittsburgh Montessori PreK-5
  • Pittsburgh Perry High School
  • Pittsburgh Phillips PreK-5
  • Pittsburgh Morrow PreK-5
  • Pittsburgh Weil PreK-5
  • Classroom instruction will resume on January 10 for these nine schools.

    “PFT has requested a meeting with the district and they are organizing it,” said Nina Esposito-Visgitis, president of the Pittsburgh Teachers’ Federation. “We haven’t met them yet, so I’m not saying I know their protocols yet, but we’re going to meet them because we want to know the details of how they understand it.”

    Jennifer Borrasso of KDKA spoke to a parent whose son attends the Pittsburgh Montessori PreK-5. He said he was frustrated with the last minute nature of the decisions.

    “It’s very frustrating,” said parent Steve Winslow. “At the end of the day, we all understand that there are issues with COVID. It is a difficult thing for many parents to deal with. … One day they’re closed, one day they’re open and you don’t know what’s going to happen.


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