Some school facilities in the Fox Chapel area and Shaler area will be closed to the public
Some facilities in Fox Chapel Area and Shaler Area school districts will be closed to the public to reduce the risk of coronavirus contamination and to comply with Allegheny County’s restrictions on outdoor gatherings.
In the Fox Chapel area, all buildings and grounds – including the high school track – will be closed for recreational purposes between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays.
“Due to covid-19, we use outdoor space with students as much as possible for lessons, lunch, recess and mask breaks,” said Bonnie Berzonski, district communications coordinator.
Fox Chapel Area students returned to class on August 24, with families in the district having the option of returning two days in person or choosing a fully online learning model.
For those in district buildings, schedules and operations have been changed to limit transitions and the number of students in one location. The use of outdoor spaces is one of the solutions to reduce crowds and stem any contamination.
Berzonski said the district would follow Allegheny County and state health and safety guidelines and reopen facilities where possible.
“We know our community likes to use our land,” she said.
In the Shaler Zone, the Titan Stadium will be closed to the public in the evenings and partly on Saturdays so that district sports teams can practice.
Installation will be prohibited from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.
“The track is open to the public for walking and running only at all other times of the week,” said Bethany Baker, communications specialist.
Other types of activities, including recreational sports, are currently prohibited on district grounds.
With classes starting September 8 at Shaler Area, students will spend the first four weeks of classes entirely online.
Residents who wish to walk or run at night can use the high school’s Biles Field track, as well as the Shaler Area Elementary School track, both of which will remain open.
Baker reminded visitors to practice social distancing and other covid-19 mitigation practices.