Dr. Sean Aiken - Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Sean Aiken - Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Sean Aiken
Superintendent of Schools
Shaler Area School District
1800 Mt. Royal Blvd.
Glenshaw, PA 15116
Mrs. Jeanne Hohlweg
Administrative Assistant
412-492-1200 press 8 and extension 2801

Superintendent Evaluation: According to the Pennsylvania School Code, districts’ school boards are required to develop mutually agreed upon objective performance standards for the superintendent and conduct a formal, written performance assessment of the superintendent annually. The objective performance standards are to be posted on the district’s website. At the end of the annual assessment period, the school board shall post the date of the assessment and whether or not the superintendent met the agreed-to objective performance standards.

Shaler Area Connection Blog: Dr. Sean Aiken launched the Shaler Area Connection blog page November 2016 to help build a strong, collaborative, and supportive partnership within the Shaler Area community as well as celebrate the District's successes. Follow the blog here: shalerarea.edublogs.org.

Message from the Superintendent

Dear Shaler Area families,

We’d like to start off by saying thank you for your support, patience, and understanding as we navigate a unique school year. The year has not been without its challenges, but we are so proud of the resilience displayed by our students and staff. We will continue to learn and overcome these challenges together. 

Our virtual classrooms look very different from the spring. By now, each of your students have had the opportunity to experience synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded) instruction with their teachers. Despite all of our planning and preparation, we anticipated that there would be some technology issues to work through, and we are grateful for our IT Department that has been working around the clock to provide high quality technology support to our students and staff during this remote setting.

The department resolved the technical issues with submitting daily attendance via Infinite Campus, so all students are now required to log their attendance by 11:59 p.m. for each school day. This can be done via the Infinite Campus Student Portal or Parent Portal. To view step-by-step instructions on how to submit attendance, click here.

For those still experiencing technical issues, there is a Tech Support link on the left-hand side of our homepage that will continue to be updated with helpful information, and it also includes a link to submit a tech support request: https://forms.gle/SZt21sszydN7WGBn7

As a reminder, we are continuing to provide free grab-and-go breakfast and lunch to any student age 18 and younger, each weekday. Healthy meals are an important part of the school day and we are committed to providing food service regardless of the instructional model in which we are operating. There are three locations to pick up the meals, which will be packaged together:

  • Shaler Area High School, 381 Wible Run Road, (dock area on Paul Schweiger Way behind the school)
    • 11:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m.
  • Christ Lutheran Church, 917 Evergreen Avenue, Millvale
    • 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 66 Grant Avenue, Etna
    • 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

As we look at the coming weeks, we will continue to share a weekly update on the district’s plans to transition to the hybrid model. As mentioned earlier this summer, the district will remain in the 100% virtual model through October 9. The first day of hybrid learning is scheduled for Monday, October 12.  We are committed to sticking to this timeline unless there is a significant change in the level of community transmission in Allegheny County.

Once we transition to the hybrid model, students will be divided into two main cohorts based on last name. There will be some exceptions based on the commitment form you completed earlier this summer in an effort to keep siblings with different last names in the same cohort.
  • Students in Cohort A will attend school in person on Monday and Tuesday and participate in online learning (at home) on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
  • Students in Cohort B will attend school in person on Thursday and Friday and participate in online learning (at home) on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. 

Shaler Area will offer a full virtual learning option to all students who cannot participate in in-person instruction for any reason.
We will continue to share information related to our transition to the hybrid instruction model in the coming weeks. We also will host a series of virtual Open House events closer to the transition to answer specific questions related to the hybrid instruction model.

Please remember that if you have concerns or if your student is experiencing any difficulty in the virtual learning environment, you can contact your student’s classroom teacher, building principal, or school counselor. These staff members are here to help you and your student. Thank you again for being our partners in education as we navigate an ever-changing situation and unique start to the school year. 


Sean C. Aiken
Superintendent of Schools
1800 Mt. Royal Boulevard     Glenshaw, PA. 15116     P 412-492-1200     F 412-492-1236
1800 Mt. Royal Boulevard Glenshaw, PA. 15116 P 412-492-1200 F 412-492-1236
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