Pine-Richland preps for new school year

Thursday, August 8, 2019 | 1:08 PM


It’s almost back-to-school time for Pine-Richland students, and district officials have launched a digital tool kit to help families gather the information they need for the first day of school on Aug. 22 and beyond.

The tool kit includes access to the calendar, meal prices and menus, the program of studies and handbooks for each school and the discipline code.

This is the first school year in which the district will enact later start times as approved by the board on Feb. 19 after roughly 18 months of examination and deliberation. The changes were implemented to improve sleep and wellness amongst adolescents in high school and middle school, based on numerous studies and recommendations, with as little impact as possible on the district’s elementary students.

The high school and middle school start time will now be 7:45 a.m. compared to 7:20 a.m. in previous years, while Eden Hall Upper Elementary will shift from 8:30 a.m. to 8:35 a.m. and primary schools will move from a 9:15 a.m. start time to a 9:20 a.m. start time.

Bus stop information and classroom assignments will be made available to families on Aug. 13 at 8 a.m.

Pine-Richland was recently ranked the 62nd-best school district in the state by data compiler Niche, which looks at an analysis of academic and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with test scores, college data, and ratings collected from millions of Niche users, according to the website. Some of the factors include teacher grades, health and safety, culture and diversity, resources and facilities, clubs and activities and sports.

Mt. Lebanon was ranked the top district in the county at No. 4 overall followed by North Allegheny at No. 5 overall.