Shaler Area's 2021-2022 School Year

Shaler Area will kick off the 2021-2022 school year with an orientation day on Tuesday, August 24, for students in Kindergarten and grades 4, 7, and 9. The first day of school for all students is Wednesday, August 25. Bus assignments will be released the week of August 16. Additional information will be posted on the district website in the month of August.
A.W. Beattie alternate schedules will be available the week of October 4.

PA Department of Health — Universal Masking Order

On August 28, the Wolf Administration and the state Department of Health announced that all students and staff in K-12 schools are required to wear a mask or face covering when indoors, effective September 7, 2021. A full copy of the order is available online. Shaler Area plans to abide by the Department of Health’s order. 

Health and Safety Plan

The Shaler Area School Board voted to amend the district’s Health and Safety Plan to require universal masking for all K-12 students and staff when in an indoor setting, regardless of vaccination status, starting on Monday, Aug. 16. The district will reevaluate this decision in mid-September based on the transmission rates in Allegheny County and any updated guidance from health officials. The full Health and Safety Plan is available on the right-hand side of this webpage. Additional information about this decision is available in the August 12 communication sent to all district families and posted on this webpage. 
For the purposes of this amendment, a mask will be defined as follows:
  • A mask or “face covering” is a covering of the nose and mouth that is secured to the head with ties, straps, or loops over the ears or is wrapped around the lower face.
  • A mask or "face covering" can be made of a variety of synthetic or natural fabrics, including cotton, silk, or linen, and, for the purposes of the order, can include a plastic face shield that covers the nose and mouth. A plastic face shield is considered an alternative face covering and should only be worn when all other options have been exhausted.
  • Masks and face coverings fall under the same requirements outlined in the student dress code and may not promote sexual activity, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, hate messages, or violence. Please see your building’s student handbook for additional restrictions. Students wearing a face covering that is determined by administration to be unsafe, inappropriate, or disruptive to the educational process will be given an alternative face covering.
This amendment will extend to all visitors to our district buildings and facilities. Visitors will be required to wear a mask or face covering when indoors at any district building or facility for any reason, including to attend meetings, events, or athletic activities.
Any student with a disability who cannot wear a mask or face shield due to a medical condition is not required to wear face coverings as per guidance received from the state Department of Education, however, this must be recommended by the student's medical doctor and documentation is to be provided to the student’s school nurse.
Additional health and safety strategies will remain in place for the start of the 2021-22 school year based on the district’s Health and Safety Plan, including but not limited to:
  • Masking being required on all district transportation, including after-school team and activities buses;
  • Reinforcement of regular and proper handwashing;
  • Hand sanitizer placed in all classrooms and high traffic areas; 
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols; 
  • Contact tracing and isolation/quarantine protocols for all non-vaccinated individuals as directed by state and local health departments;
  • Seating during meal times and in the cafeteria will remain 3-6 feet, as feasible;
  • Staff will continue to provide mask breaks throughout the school day.

Virtual Instruction Options

The SASD virtual offerings provide all families K-12 with the option of full-time online instruction for the 2021-22 school year as an alternative to returning to a physical school building. 

Families and students must commit to the virtual option for the full semester or full year with an option to return to in-person instruction at the start of each semester. Students will complete a separate enrollment to participate in the virtual option. All other students will default to in-person instruction, with the option to enroll in our virtual academies for January 2022.

If you have additional questions about Shaler Area’s virtual options for the 2021-22 school year or enrollment, please contact either Dr. Shannon Howard at [email protected] or Mrs. Eloise Milligan at [email protected].
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