Two days prior to Passover vacation, multiple classes at Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh transitioned from in-person instruction to virtual learning. The decision, which affected students in pre-K, first grade and fifth through 12th-grade girls on March 22, and will affect all students in grades K-12 on March 23, followed four COVID-positive cases within two families, said Principal Rabbi Sam Weinberg.
“Out of an abundance of caution, we decided it made sense to go virtual for two days to make sure we can contain the spread of this virus as much as possible,” he said.
Hillel Academy’s Passover break runs from March 24 through April 5.
Following their Passover break, students in grades five through 12 will attend two days of virtual learning before returning to in-person instruction. Delaying in-person instruction after spring break mirrors the strategies of other private schools in the city, said Weinberg.
“We’re viewing it as a down payment for a COVID-free rest of the year,” he said. “We don’t want to lead to rolling closures and quarantines.” PJC
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