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December 15, 2021

Upcoming PPS COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

UPMC is partnering with Pittsburgh Public Schools to hold vaccine clinics this upcoming, Saturday, December 18 for PPS students, families, staff and the school community, ages 5+. The second dose clinic will be held on January 8, 2022. Students under the age of 18 must be accompanied by their parent or guardian. Interested families may register online.

Vaccine Availability

  • Ages 5 -11: First & second dose pediatric Pfizer
  • Ages 12-15: First & second dose Pfizer
  • Ages 16 – 17: First, second & booster dose Pfizer
  • Ages 18+: First, second & booster dose Pfizer, Moderna or J&J

Please note: Boosters are available for individuals 16+, at least six months from their second dose (Pfizer/Moderna) or two months from their first dose (J&J). Individuals aged 16-17 are only eligible for a Pfizer booster and individuals 18+ will have their choice of Moderna, Pfizer or J&J for their booster.

Locations and Times

  • Pittsburgh Langley, Cafeteria (2940 Sheraden Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15204): 9:00-11:00am
  • Pittsburgh Lincoln, Cafeteria (328 Lincoln Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206): 9:00-11:00am
  • Pittsburgh Morrow, Gym (3530 Fleming Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212): 1:00-3:00pm
  • Pittsburgh Weil, Cafeteria (2250 Centre Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15219): 1:00-3:00pm
  • UPMC South Side (2000 Mary St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203): 10:00-2:00pm

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December 8, 2021

New Pittsburgh Public Schools Board Members and President

On December 7, 2021, after new school board members Jamie Piotrowski, Tracey Reed, and Eugene Walker were sworn in, Sala Udin (School Board District 3) was elected President of the Board. Devon Taliaferro (District 2) was named 1st Vice-President and Pam Harbin (District 4) was named 2nd Vice-President.

One of the first major actions the board will need to take will be to approve the 2022 budget of $690.3 million. Since 2017, spending in Pittsburgh Public Schools (district and charter) has grown by $99.3 million while revenues have grown by $45.6 million. The board will also need to approve a plan to spend $100 million in American Rescue Plan dollars by the end of the year as well (which called for money for tutors, out of school partnerships, operational excellence, and more).

The biggest challenge facing this board is that overall K-12  enrollment in Pittsburgh’s public schools has declined by 2,916 students since 2017 (District: -4,041; Charter: +1,125).

A+ Schools will host a lunch and learn conversation on Wednesday, December 15 at noon to discuss the budget proposals. Registration for this virtual event may be completed online.

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December 22, 2020

PPS Summer Dreamers Academy 2021 RFP

Pittsburgh Public Schools is looking for enrichment providers to support the 2021 Summer Dreamers Academy. Proposals must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on January 15, 2021.

About

The Summer Dreamers Academy is a no-cost, premier summer learning camp that offers high-quality academic lessons in English Language Arts and Mathematics and engaging enrichment activities to current Pittsburgh Public School students who have completed grades K-5.

Summer Dreamers Academy aims to encourage a passion for learning and exploration and to motivate their campers to persist in the face of challenges. Afternoon enrichment activities play a key part in helping their campers develop the curiosity, self-confidence, and perseverance that are at the core of these two goals.

Download the RFP

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, download the RFP. All proposals must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on January 15, 2021.

More Information

For questions, please contact Melanie Claxton at mclaxton1@pghschools.org. For more information, watch this short video and visit the Pittsburgh Public Schools website.

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March 19, 2020

Four Centers in Pittsburgh Offering Grab and Go Meals

Four city and Salvation Army centers around Pittsburgh will be offering grab-and-go meals for city schoolchildren starting Thursday, March 19, 2020, in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Public Schools.

Available Locations

The Department of Parks and Recreation has received approval to activate grab-and-go meals at the following four locations:

More Information on Grab-and-go Meals

All meal hand-out operations will commence on weekdays (Monday through Friday) from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) will provide 100 grab-and-go lunches for each site. This approach may be re-adjusted to respond to actual needs. For more information on COVID-19, visit our COVID-19 Resources page here.

Click here to view the City of Pittsburgh’s original press release.

*Information provided by the City of Pittsburgh.

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November 20, 2019

Get Ready for the Next Steps

Are you wondering about how the preschool enrollment process works? Unsure of how to assess or choose a local school for your child? Have questions about whether your child is ready for Pre-K or Kindergarten?

Join us at the Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library for an information session co-hosted by A+ Schools and Trying Together, with Pittsburgh Public Schools’ Early Education. A pizza dinner will be served. Children are welcome! This is event is FREE and open to the public.

Questions

For more information, call 412.682.4430 or email outreach@pghtoys.org.

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November 16, 2019

Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) Parent Summit

The Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) Parent Summit is a half-day experience that empowers families by offering workshops that will enable them to better support their child and work with schools. Workshop sessions will be offered by school district staff in collaboration with parents and community organizations.

Workshop topics have been identified by PPS parents and families and will serve as a support to help their students be successful.

Registration

Registration is required and space is limited. If child care is needed, please specify during your registration. Child care will be provided. To register and learn more, visit the event webpage.

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October 25, 2019

Healthy School Summit 2019

Join Healthy Schools Pennsylvania on Friday, October 25 for their 4th Annual Healthy Schools Summit to learn, collaborate, and commit to creating healthier, greener, and more sustainable learning environments for all children in our region!

Morning Sessions

    • Foundations for Student Success: How School Buildings Influence Student Health, Thinking, & Performance
      Keynote Speaker – Erika Eitland, MPH Program Manager, Schools for Health, Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health
    • What Does it Take to Create a Healthy School?
      Panel Discussion – Cassandra Brown, RN, Pittsburgh Public Schools; Jake Douglas, Food Services Director, Deer Lakes School District; Christine Schott, Parent and Sustainability Coordinator, Steel Valley School District; Vicki Ammar, Teacher, Pittsburgh Public Schools
    • Celebrating Success through Our Healthy Schools Recognition Program
      Awards Ceremony and Luncheon
    • Working Lunch: What Makes a Successful School Grant Proposal?
      Featuring Tracey Reed Armant from the Grable Foundation

Afternoon Sessions

    • Teaching Resiliency and Environmental Justice in the Classroom
      Educator Workshop – Katie Modic, Director of Education Initiatives at Communitopia
    • Creating a Game-Plan for Whole-School Sustainability
      School Administrator Workshop – Donnan Stoicovy, Head of School, State College Friends School
    • Engaging Parents and Community Partners for Healthy Schools
      Parent and Partner Workshop – Monté Robinson, Community Schools Coordinator, Pittsburgh Public Schools and LaKeisha Wolf, Executive Director, Ujamaa Collective

Registration

To register, visit the Eventbrite page.

Learn More

For questions, email Healthy Schools Coordinator, Kara Rubio, at 412.404.2872 or kara@womenforahealthyenvironment.org.

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October 21, 2019

Navigating Pittsburgh Public Schools

Community members are invited to join together on October 21 for an educational session on how to best navigate Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS).

About

Presenters will discuss the following topics:

    • what is a magnet school and what do they offer?
    • magnet school application timelines
    • procedures for applying to a magnet school
    • navigating the city school system

In addition to these discussions, the event will feature a Q&A session with Ebony Latham of Pittsburgh Public Schools. Child care will be available.

Learn More

For more information, contact Bob Haddad at 412.849.4799 or rjhaddad5@gmail.com.

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August 19, 2019

#WeArePPS Event

This August, Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) will be hosting its annual back to school event, #WeArePPS.

About

Every year, the district welcomes thousands of families through this event that is designed to help equip them with the resources necessary to achieve a healthy start to the 2019-20 school year. #WeArePPS is open to all current PPS students and will include a parent resource fair. This event is in alignment with the district’s mission to serve students and schools and create effective family and community partnerships in every school.

More Information

For more information or questions, call the PPS Parent Hotline at 412.529.HELP (412.529.4357) or email parenthotline@pghschools.org. The hotline operates Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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May 17, 2019

PPS: Take a Father to School Day 2019

Pittsburgh Public Schools welcomes fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and positive male role models to participate in the nationally recognized Take a Father to School Day.

In support of the District’s long-term outcome of increased proficiency in literacy for all students, this year’s theme is #ExpectGreatThings. Every school will have an activity or event planned to celebrate the day.

Ask your school for details!

Questions

For questions, contact Larry Meadows at 412.529.3851.

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