A Message about Coronavirus
We are grateful for your patience and cooperation as we adjust to the changing landscape during this pandemic. You may have received a call recently via our Connect 5 Family Communication System that contained some year-end information. Here is recap of the important information shared on that call.
June 12 was the last day of the 2019-2020 school year. We will continue to offer the “Grab and Go” meal program throughout the summer months. Time and locations will be listed below.
If you need to return technology devices, you can do between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Monday, June 29, Tuesday, June 30, and Wednesday, July 1. This does not apply to scholars who are participating in a summer program. Chromebooks and chargers can be returned to any of the following Propel Schools: Braddock Hills High School, Hazelwood, Homestead, McKeesport, Montour Middle/High School, Northside and Pitcairn. Social distancing measures will be observed. Families will receive receipts for the devices. If you need alternate arrangements, please contact your Propel school prior to July 10. Scholars who withdraw after July 2, 2020 will need to make arrangements with the administrative assistant at their school building for device return before records will be released to another school. In the case items are not returned by July 10 or if items are damaged, an invoice for the replacement cost will be mailed to you.
Please note that report cards WILL NOT be mailed to homes. After June 26, you will be able to view scholar grades via your Skyward account, in the “Portfolio” section. If you do not know your Skyward login information, please reach out to your school’s administrative assistant, who can quickly and easily reset your account.
Our plan for reopening our school buildings is being developed now, in conjunction with guidelines from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and local health officials. Our plan will focus on the health and safety of our scholars, educators and staff and observe all pertinent safety guidelines. Over the summer, you will receive information about the start of the school year, transportation, and health-related classroom guidelines. Please be sure to follow Propel Schools on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, and visit our Coronavirus Resource Page for updates.
Superintendent/CEO Dr. Tina Chekan
Updated June 15, 2020
Propel Schools Class of 2020
We congratulate the senior Class of 2020 and know that you have many questions. Here is some information that is specific to you.
From Superintendent Dr. Tina Chekan
From State and Local Health Officials
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
If your child is sick with cough, fever, cold symptoms, vomiting and/or diarrhea, PLEASE KEEP THEM AT HOME. If your child comes to school and is feeling ill, the School Nurse will call you to pick them up. Please arrange to do so promptly. Schools are not expected or equipped to assess or test for COVID-19 and children with COVID-19 may only have mild symptoms. Therefore, nurses will err on the side of caution and send home scholars who appear ill. If your child is immunocompromised or has other significant health issues, please contact their health care provider for recommendations regarding school attendance in the event of confirmed cases in our area.
If your child is experiencing anxiety related to COVID-19, it is important to remind them that the adults in their lives are taking steps to protect them from illness. They can help by covering coughs and sneezes with an elbow or a tissue and washing their hands.
Google Classroom for Families
Some families may not be familiar with the Google Classroom platform. Our friends at Common Sense Media have put together the Parents’ Ultimate Guide to Google Classroom.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers the most up-to-date information on COVID-19. Please review the following:If You Need Home Internet Access
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
All Propel scholars enjoy free breakfast and lunch as part of the National School Lunch Program and, therefore, qualify for a recently announced benefit through the PA Department of Education. Information for families is available on the DHS website at: https://bit.ly/2T3yX9d If you believe you should have already received P-EBT Benefits, visit: https://emergencymealsurvey.com/PA.
- P-EBT benefit issuance for current SNAP and TANF EBT cardholders will be complete by June 8, 2020, if their school-aged child was receiving free or reduced-price meals before May 20, 2020. Current SNAP and TANF EBT Cardholders can check their card balance by calling 1-888-328-7366 or using www.connectebt.com.
- Free and reduced eligible school-aged students that are not SNAP/TANF or those receiving SNAP or TANF that became eligible for free or reduced-price meals after May 20, 2020, while P-EBT cards are being mailed and should be received by the end of June 2020.