Updates, communications, and information related to COVID-19 can be found here:

Deer Lakes

School District

Safe Return-to-School Plan

Dear Deer Lakes Families, 


At the last board meeting on February 16th, the Deer Lakes School Board voted to revise our continuity of education plan to a 5-day in-person learning model by a vote of 5 to 3. Families will continue to have the choice of remote learning via DL @ DL and Lancer Academy. Our plan is to change educational models on Monday, March 8th.

Covid-19 Update: Local Level of Transmission and Out-Of-State Travel

The Pennsylvania Department of Education and Department of Health provides recommendations and requirements based on the local Covid-19 rate of transmission, which has decreased in Allegheny County from “substantial” to “moderate.”

This means Deer Lakes School District is not required to follow the attestation form for PDE/DOH.

Moving forward, provided the local rate of transmission does not return to “substantial,” Deer Lakes School District can rely solely upon recommendations from the Allegheny County Health Department when considering closures and educational models.

Additionally, on March 1, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf lifted out-of-state travel restrictions, which were implemented in November. Students and staff members who travel out of state no longer need to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test or quarantine before returning to school or work.

Governor Wolf also revised occupancy limits for indoor and outdoor gatherings. DLSD follows state guidance per our health and safety plan so we will follow suit. The revised restrictions now allow for 15% of maximum capacity at indoor events and 20% of maximum capacity at outdoor events as long as people can still stay 6 feet apart.

Survey Results and Plans

After the October 20, 2020 Board Meeting where a 5-Day In-Person learning model was added along with Hybrid Learning, [email protected] and Lancer Academy, a registration was sent out for all families to choose the best option for their student.

Healthy & Safe Return-to-School Virtual Q&A

On Monday, Aug. 10, Deer Lakes held a virtual Q&A forum with district families to explain the various learning tracks being offered as well as the modified Phased Schools Reopening Health & Safety Plan.  


As schools across the country begin a new academic year, the persistence of COVID-19 continues to create challenges for traditional approaches to in-school learning. In this webinar learn about how different reopening, quarantining, and closing strategies can mitigate the spread of COVID-19—and associated disruptions to school schedules—based on the unique circumstances of your school and community. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for visiting Deer Lakes School District’s Frequently Asked Questions platform where responses to your Reopening Plan inquiries will be shared.  To submit a question, simply send an email to [email protected].

Questions will be answered regularly.  Answers will be presented by common themes, and not all individual questions may be represented.   Answers may be embedded within themed questions.

Information for Families of Students Who Receive Special Education

As we work toward developing plans for reopening for the 2020-2021 school year, we recognize there are still concerns that many of our families still have regarding the upcoming school year. In an attempt to help answer some questions, we have created a Special Education Frequently Asked Questions document.

Please know the Deer Lakes School District is committed to providing free and appropriate educational opportunities for students with disabilities in alignment with public health guidelines.

Thank you again for your partnership and patience during this challenging time. As additional information becomes available, we will keep you updated. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 724-265-5300 Ext. 2642 or via email at [email protected] or [email protected].

Deer Lakes approves modified back-to-school plan and schedule

In August, at a special meeting, the Deer Lakes School District Board of School Directors unanimously approved the Modified Phased Reopening of Schools Health & Safety Plan.  
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Transportation Rules and Protocols

  1. Should a family opt to drive their child to school, that does not take away the bus option. Students may still utilize their assigned school bus on any given day. All children must wear a mask while on the bus and family members will be required to sit together on the bus.

  2. The school district strongly encourages student drivers at the high school level. For that reason, Deer Lakes is waving all student parking permit fees for the 2020-2021 school year. Students will still be required to submit vehicle registration information.

  3. School buses will be disinfected after the morning run and again after the afternoon run. Hand sanitizer will not be available on the bus but will be available at your child’s school.

  4. Parents are strongly encouraged to assist with providing transportation to and from school to help promote social distancing.

  5. Deer Lakes will follow the state mandate requiring face coverings for individuals on district property.

  6. Should your child forget his or her protective face covering, one will be provided when boarding the buses with loading occurring from back to front.

  7. Social distancing will be encouraged at bus stops.

  8. School buses will be cleared and sanitized daily using electrostatic cleaners.

  9. Deer Lakes will temporarily permit students who also AW Beattie Career Center to drive to that school for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.