While the Baldwin-Whitehall School District will continue to adhere to the covid-19 guidelines established by the Allegheny County Health Department, District Superintendent Dr. Randal Lutz said he sees this year as a time to renew the enthusiasm for learning, and that moving into this school year, the neighborhood will also see a return to more normal activities and fewer restrictions, including around activities, cafeteria seating and other group settings.
The first day of school is Aug. 29, and as the district looks to hire paraprofessionals, midday aides, bus drivers, and attendants and back-ups for all positions, district communications consultant Carrie Butler said she plans to have all professional staff in place by then. Date.
But the return to “normal” is not the only change in the neighborhood for the start of the school year.
New this school year is a new K-12 math curriculum, new high school courses in American Sign Language, environmental science, and a new course designed around the production of Baldwin Whitehall’s annual MiniTHON event which benefits childhood cancer research.
Students at McAnnulty Elementary School can expect a new playground that will include an expanded rubberized playing surface, additional playground structures and a new security perimeter around the outdoor recreation space.
“The District is launching its first-ever eSports program, an exciting new venture creating opportunities for competitive gaming, scholarships and more,” Butler said.
Finally, Baldwin High School expects all new cafeteria furniture to be delivered by the end of September. A supply chain delay prevented the project from being completed before the first day of school.
Katie Green is associate editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Katie at [email protected]