Image

5:27 PM / Friday January 28, 2022

27 Jan 2021

School District of Philadelphia to begin phased return to in-person learning

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
January 27, 2021 Category: Coronavirus, Local Posted by:

After nearly a year of 100% digital learning due to COVID-19, our School District will begin slowly and safely phasing in groups of students who choose to transition to a mix of in-person and digital learning (hybrid learning). Students opting into hybrid learning would attend school in person two days per week — on their assigned days only — and engage in digital learning the remaining three days.

PreK-2 students whose families selected hybrid learning during the initial selection process in the fall will phase in first, beginning on Monday, February 22nd . Staff supporting our PreK-2 students will return to school buildings on Monday, February 8th to prepare to welcome students on the 22nd. PreK-2 families who chose to remain 100% digital during the selection process will have the chance to opt in at a later date. School leaders will be reaching out to their PreK-2 families with specific details.

As we begin transitioning to in-person learning, we do so with the confidence of knowing that we’ve been preparing since Spring 2020. Every school has extensive safety measures in place to protect the health and well-being of our students and staff, including:

  • pre-screening requirements for students and staff,
  • personal protective equipment (PPE) for staff and students to support mandatory mask wearing and facial covering, – new classroom and bathroom setups to promote social distancing,
  • plexiglass partitions in offices,
  • touchless hand sanitizer stations and touchless hydration stations in hallways,
  • maximum occupancy signs outside each room & safety signage throughout, and
  • enhanced cleaning protocols using EPA-approved cleaning products.

Ventilation assessments have also been completed for all schools, and needed repairs and/or enhancements are well underway. Any room that we cannot ensure will meet ventilation standards for any reason will not be used. I encourage you to visit www.philasd.org/aes to find helpful videos, safety protocols, Q&As, other resources and links to school ventilation reports.

Image

In-person learning can phase in safely if we all do our part, remain patient and flexible, and plan ahead. We will continue to share updates as we move closer to slowly and safely phasing our students back to in-person learning.

Sincerely,

William R. Hite Jr., Ed.D.
Superintendent
The School District of Philadelphia

  • Facebook
  • Twitter

Leave a Comment

Recent News

Commentary

cj speaks… A poem: Live on Stage…

January 28, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email Moving into the existence of who you are becoming today with so many...

Health

‘Aftershock’ puts human face to maternal health crisis in US

January 28, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: Shawnee Benton Gibson, left, and Bruce McIntyre appear in “Aftershock” by...

Color Of Money

Ask HR: How to make the most of the current job market

January 28, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email BPT If you look at the numbers, the past few months have been...

Sun Report

Fur babies rule! How much a lifetime of care costs most pet parents

January 28, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email BPT If you’re one of the more than 90 million American households with...

Food And Beverage

What’s Cookin’? Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

January 28, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email Tweet Share Pin Email Related Posts What’s Cookin’? Vegan Blueberry Coconut Muffins What’s...

Go With The-Flo

Dionne Warwick releases her new single “Power In The Name,” with proceeds going to various charities

January 28, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: Dionne Warwick (Photo: Featureflash / Shutterstock) By Flo Anthony Our condolences...

The Philadelphia Sunday Sun Staff