Below is a list of some frequently asked questions and
answers regarding the opening of school.
The answers to these questions are based on the information we have
now. Information is subject to change
and all students, staff and families must remain flexible when information or
school resume in August? Yes,
the first day of school for students is August 20, 2020.
Does my child have to attend in person? No, Sto-Rox School District has implemented a
Cyber Academy called the Virtual Viking.
Any parent wishing to enroll their K-12 student into Virtual Viking can
visit the District website for enrollment information or call 412-771-3213 ext
Will my child attend school every day? Yes, at this time we are scheduling student
attendance for each day of the week. At this time we are not scheduling half
days or alternating days. Should circumstances change this form of scheduling
will be considered.
What if school opens and then closes again? In the event of another school closure the
District has purchased Chromebooks for each student. If schools close again all students will
transition from physical in-school instruction to on-line instruction. All
teachers have the ability to interact via the Chromebook with their students.
Does my child have to wear a mask? Yes, the Department of Health published mask
guidelines on July 16th for all schools. These guidelines state the wearing of masks
when 6 feet of physical distancing is not possible. The full set of guidelines
can be found at https://www.education.pa.gov/Schools/safeschools/emergencyplanning/COVID-19/SchoolReopeningGuidance/ReopeningPreKto12/PublicHealthGuidance/Pages/default.aspx
Will the school physically distance my child?
Yes, each classroom
is being arranged to meet the 6 feet of physical distancing between desks.
What if the school cannot physically distance
my child? When classroom sitting arrangements cannot meet the 6 feet
of physical distancing students will then be separated far apart as possible
and be required to wear masks.
Will my child be able to remove their mask
during the day? Yes, through the CARES ACT Funding we are
hiring additional staff to decrease class size.
When students are physically distanced by 6 feet or more they can remove
Where will my child eat breakfast and lunch?
Multiple locations are being designated for students to eat breakfast and
lunch. Students will eat breakfast in
their classrooms as always. Lunches will
be served and students will be directed to multiple locations so not to all be
in the cafeteria at the same time.
10. What if my child has to use the restroom? Primary school students take restroom breaks
as a class. These restroom breaks will continue and students will be required
to wear their masks when in the hallway.
Physical distancing in the hallways will be possible due to the large
size of the space. Repeated handwashing will take place after all restroom
breaks and throughout the day. Upper
Elementary and Jr Sr High School students will be permitted to use the
restrooms as always but are required to wear their masks. Handwashing for the older students will be
11. Will my child have recess?
Yes, outside recess will continue. Recess will occur in smaller groups,
physical distance will be monitored and reinforced and handwashing will occur
12. How will the schools be cleaned? Through the CARES ACT funding each school
will be staffed with an additional daylight custodian to clean throughout the
day. Cleaning will include the
disinfecting of all common space areas, all restrooms, all frequently touched
items and classroom desks multiple times throughout the day.
13. Will busing still occur? Yes, but this is the greatest challenge. Parents are encouraged to transport their
child to school when possible. Masks are required on the buses. We encourage siblings to sit together and for
all students to remain seated at all times.
Hand sanitizers will be placed at each school entrance for students to
sanitize their hands before entering the building. Buses will be disinfected
after each run. A meeting is scheduled next week, with the transportation
company, to further outline details and a public update will be sent following
14. Will the nurse be available to see my child
if he/she is sick? Yes, however students who appear sick should
remain at home. Children who have a
fever should remain at home. If your
child becomes ill while in school we ask that you or a designated guardian is
available to pick up and bring your child home.
July 24, 2020 Update
is the second in a series of Frequently
Asked Questions based on information we are receiving from parents and
- My child has an IEP and receives special
education services, will those services continue? Yes, regardless if your child is
in-school or in Virtual Viking your child will receive their services as
written in their IEP. Each IEP is
individualized so their program will be written in cooperation with you
- Does my
child get to keep their laptop? No,
laptops will be returned to the school district at the end of the academic
- Can my
child use their own computer? Yes, but only if the
computer has the hardware required to live-stream and manage our
educational programs. Please let the
school know if you decide to use your own computer to ensure it will be
- Can my
child bring their own lunch to school?
Yes, your child is permitted to bring their own lunch to school.
- If my
child is enrolled in Virtual Viking are their specific hours they must be
logged on? Yes, even though Virtual
Viking is a cyber academy their teachers will be available Monday through
Friday during school hours. If for
example your child has questions on a Saturday or Sunday a teacher will
not be available to them on weekends.
- Does my
child have to wear the face covering all day? Yes, but we will schedule a time
and location for students to take mask-breaks. These mask-break protocols are not yet
- Will the
Boys and Girls Club still be open? Before COVID-19 the Boys and
Girls Club moved their programs to the Sto-Rox Upper Elementary
School. The Boys and Girls Club are
still planning their re-opening and will let us know their details in
happens if a child or teacher tests positive for COVID-19? Allegheny County Health
Department is writing the protocols for all schools should a student or
teacher test positive. The
protocols will be published once they are fully completed.
- When do I
have to decide if I am choosing Virtual Viking or In-School? We are currently phone
calling each family to confirm their decision. Phone calls are being placed
everyday. You will need to make a
decision when you receive your phone call but no later than Wednesday July
- Can I
start and stop either In-School or Virtual Viking? The decision to change
mid-stream of either Virtual Viking or In-School will be determined on a
case by case basis. The process to
change is not recommended and will be considered for extreme
- Does my
child need to be COVID tested before starting school? No, your child will not need to
be tested for COVID before starting on August 20, 2020.
- If my
child is sick for several weeks with COVID-19 will I be fined for them
missing too many school days? If your child is missing several weeks for COVID-19 and is too ill to participate in remote learning you will not be fined. However, verification is required from your child’s physician that they indeed had COVID-19.