Summer 2021 Academic Programming

Summer Programs for District Students

Summer Program Registration Update:

Registration for summer programming is now closed. We are excited by the number of families who registered and are now working to assign students to summer program locations.

Families will be notified of their students’ placement and any additional information needed by 6/1. Information will be shared via email, phone, and text depending on the families’ preferred method of communication.

If you have questions about your child’s registration or any other information related to summer, please click here.

Welcome families. After a year of virtual learning, we understand that more than ever, our students will be seeking academic support, opportunities to connect with their peers over the summer, and help in preparing to return to in-person learning in the fall of 2021.

We have designed our summer programming to meet the challenges we know our students face right now. By partnering with the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Children and Families, University of Pennsylvania, William Penn Foundation, Read2Succeed, and the Philadelphia Youth Network, teachers, and principals, we’ve created a well-rounded range of academic and enrichment experiences. We are excited to welcome students entering grades K -12 when summer programming begins on June 28, 2021.

Summers matter! Here’s why.

Summer learning programs are proven to maintain and advance students’ academic and social growth. It’s likely for students to experience learning loss during summer vacation. This is sometimes referred to as the summer slide. Because they’re not engaging in learning every day, students can forget what they learned during the school year.  An academic summer program that incorporates enrichment experiences is the perfect way to engage students and make sure they don’t forget the critical skills they have already learned, especially given the school year’s unique nature.

Which of our students is a good fit for summer programming?

All current School District of Philadelphia students entering grades K-12 are eligible and encouraged to participate! Summer learning programs are proven to reinforce and build new skills, sending young people back to school in September ready to learn.  Additionally, summer youth employment programs engage older youth in meaningful activities that help them cultivate new skills, prepare for college, improve grades, and earn money.

When exploring summer programming, please see the information related to the grade your child WILL BE IN when entering school this coming fall. And contact us with any questions.

How do I get started?

Use the links below to access the programming that is available for the grade your student will be entering in the fall. All the important specifics, including how to register, are included for each age group.

Kindergarten Transition

Kindergarten will be DIGITAL

Any family who has completed the Kindergarten registration process for their child at a School District of Philadelphia school is eligible to participate!

Incoming Kindergarten students and their primary caregiver will participate in approximately 90 minutes of digital instruction and support for two days each week, either Monday and Tuesday OR Wednesday and Thursday, facilitated by a teacher.

Families will also have the opportunity to engage in optional asynchronous activities at various other times during the summer.  A calendar of those optional activities will be provided upon registration.

The program is focused on making sure that participating children and their families feel confident about starting Kindergarten in the Fall.

Program Dates: June 28, 2021 – July 30, 2021

Program Hours: Families will be assigned to one of four time slots:

  1. Mondays and Tuesdays from 9-10:30 am;
  2. Mondays and Tuesdays from 11-12:30;
  3. Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9-10:30 am; or
  4. Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11-12:30

Families will also have the opportunity to engage in optional asynchronous activities at various other times during the week.  A calendar of those optional activities will be provided upon registration.

This program will be operated virtually.  Families will have the opportunity to schedule an in-person visit to a typical Kindergarten classroom if they choose to do so.

Registration for summer programming is now closed. We are excited by the number of families who registered and are now working to assign students to summer program locations.

Families will be notified of their students’ placement and any additional information needed by 6/1. Information will be shared via email, phone, and text depending on the families’ preferred method of communication.

If you have questions about your child’s registration or any other information related to summer, please click here.

All families will need to pick up a bag with necessary supplies, books, and materials prior to the first day of programming.  Details about pick-up locations will be provided upon final registration.

Because this is a virtual program, no meals will be provided.  Families in need can access grab-and-go meals at District and City sites across Philadelphia (see https://www.philasd.org/coronavirus/grab-go-meals/).

Families in need can pick up a Chromebook when they pick up their materials and supplies.  This Chromebook will become the kindergarten student’s Chromebook for the 2021-22 school year.

Families who require translation services should note that on the application form when they apply.

Grades 1 to 8

Grades 1 - 8 will be IN PERSON

All current School District of Philadelphia students entering grades 1-8 are eligible to participate, including students with IEPs and English Learners!

Update! Elementary (K-8) hours will now be from 8:30 am – 4 pm. Instruction will occur between 9 am -12:45 pm and extracurriculars will be offered from 1 – 4 pm. Extra-curricular activities will be provided by Out-of-School Time (OST) programs funded by the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Children and Families. For our elementary students in grades 1 – 8, our curriculum is focused on the following:

  • Engaging lessons and project-based learning
  • English language development for newcomer ELs
  • Extracurricular programming, music, art, physical education, and athletics
  • Foundational ELA and math skills necessary for the next grade
  • Social-emotional learning

In addition to the above, students in grades 7 – 8 can participate in:

  • Electives focused on career awareness and STEM

The tabs below provide the information you need to plan ahead.

Program Dates:

Monday – Friday
June 28, 2021 – July 30, 2021

Program Hours:

Program hours are from 8:30 am  – 4 pm. Instruction will occur between 9 am – 12:45 pm, and extracurriculars will be offered from 1 pm – 4  pm. Extra-curricular activities will be provided by Out-of-School Time (OST) programs funded by the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Children and Families.

Monday – Thursday  Schedule:

  • 8:30-8:40 drop off
  • 8:40 – 9:00 breakfast
  • 9:00 – 12:45 instructional programming
  • 12:45 Dismissal to lunch
  • 1:00 – 4:00 After-school programming (art and athletics)

Friday Schedule:

Full day camp offered by the City of Philadelphia led by City of Philadelphia funded OST providers

Families will be able to identify their site preferences on the registration form. Placement will depend on occupancy and capacity, and in accordance with current health and safety protocols.

Louis H. Farrel School

Henry W. Lawton School

Mayfair Elementary School

Bridesburg Elementary School

John B. Kelly School

Shawmont School

Stephen Girard Elementary School OR McDaniel Elementary

Julia De Burgos Elementary

William H. Hunter School

William Dick School

Samuel Gompers School

Alain Locke School

SLA-MS/Powel

Overbrook Educational Center

Registration for summer programming is now closed. We are excited by the number of families who registered and are now working to assign students to summer program locations.

Families will be notified of their students’ placement and any additional information needed by 6/1. Information will be shared via email, phone, and text depending on the families’ preferred method of communication.

If you have questions about your child’s registration or any other information related to summer, please click here.

On their first day, all students will receive a book bag with supplies, books, and materials they need to participate in programming. Students will also have personalized kits on site for activities and project-based learning.

  • Students will receive breakfast and lunch
  • Students should bring and use their assigned Chromebooks
  • Transportation hubs will be available for students across the city to help get students to summer sites. Additional information about transportation will be communicated to families after registration is confirmed.

For families of English Learners entering grades 1-8, students have the option to choose between participating in English Language Development focused content or to participate in the general education programming.

Students in both program options will participate in all activities during the school day and after school including art, P.E, music, and after-school programming.  Families can use the same registration form above and will be able to select if they are interested in enrolling their student in the English Learner Summer Program for Newcomers or in the General Education Program. Translated companion PDFs of the registration form will be linked in the form.  Families can consult with their students’ ESOL teachers for guidance on which option may be the best fit for their student.

Grades 9 to 12

Grades 9 - 12 will be IN PERSON, DIGITAL, & HYBRID (depending on the program)

All students entering in grades 9-12 have an opportunity to participate in summer programming.

For students entering grades 9 and 10 (current 8th and 9th grade students), programming includes:

  • Foundational ELA and math skills necessary for the next grade
  • Career Awareness
  • Financial Literacy
  • Fitness
  • Transition support
  • Social emotional learning

For students entering grades 10 -12, summer options include:

  • Entrepreneurship focused programming (StartUP EDU)
  • University of Pennsylvania Rising Senior Summer Academy (PennRSSA)
  • Paid Internship and Work Experiences
  • Core course credit attainment through Credit Recovery
  • Quarter 5 Grade Improvement (Q5)

How do I know which program is the best option for my student? 

Entering 9th or 10th grade and want to feel confident in your transition to high school, reinforce your math and English skills, and set yourself up for success? Bridge Programming might be a great choice for you!

Entering 10th – 12th grade and don’t need to improve your grades or recover credits? StartUP EDU might be a great choice for you!

Entering 12th grade and want to earn an elective credit over the summer and experience what it would be like to take a class at a world-class university? The University of Pennsylvania Rising Senior Summer Academy might be a great choice for you!

Need a second chance to recover credits from previous academic years to stay on track for graduation? Parents will receive notification that their student is eligible to participate in credit recovery in order to recover credits needed for graduation.  Roster chairs will register eligible students for credit recovery. Parents will have the opportunity to confirm or decline their student’s registration and will need to complete a consent form prior to program start.

Did you earn an “F” in a core course this school year, and need to improve your grade to stay on track for graduation? For Quarter 5, parents will receive a notification alerting them to their student being at risk for failure in a core course. Roster chairs will register eligible students for Quarter 5 programming. By mid-June, parents will receive notification of their student’s registration, and will have the opportunity to confirm or decline their student’s registration and will need to complete a consent form prior to program start.

Interested in work-based programming only? WorkReady might be a great choice for you! This program offers paid work experiences and career exploration opportunities for young people ages 12-24. Afternoon slots will be available for students who are participating in morning academic programming.

OptionEligibilityDescription Dates and Hours
Paid Internship and WorkReady ExperiencesRising 10th, 11th, & 12th-grade studentsThis year, WorkReady Summer experiences will include safe in-person participation at least 3 days/week.Mon-Fri
July 6 – August 28
Various times
PYN StartUp EDU Rising 10th, 11th, & 12th-grade studentsStartup EDU is a four-week program in which students gain the skills needed to start a business. Students will learn concepts such as presentation skills, targeting a market, finances and budgeting, & much more! Students that successfully complete this program will receive an incentive at the conclusion of the program.Mon-Fri Hybrid Program
July 6- August 30
Online (M-W)
In-Person (Th & F)
Summer BridgeAll rising 9th and 10th-grade students (current 8th and 9th-grade students). Summer Bridge programming is focused on the transition and reinforcement of skills critical for success in high school.Mon -Thurs
June 28-July 31
9am-1:30pm
Quarter 5 for Grade Improvement (Q5) Rising 10th, 11th, and 12th-grade students who failed a core course in the 20-21(current) school year.Q5 provides students the opportunity to improve grades, gain mastery of course content and skills, work towards proficiency, and earn credits they need to stay on track towards graduation. Students who successfully complete the requirements of Q5 will have the opportunity to improve up to three core course (English, History, Math, Science) grades from an F to a D. This improves a student’s overall GPA.Mon -Thurs
June 28-July 31
9am-1:30pm
Credit RecoveryRising 10th, 11th, and 12th-grade students who did not pass a core course (English, Math, Social Studies, Science) in the 19-20 (or Fall ‘20 semester) school year.Credit recovery coursesMon -Thurs
June 28-July 31
9am-1:30p
Penn RSSARising 12th-grade studentsPennRSSA is a virtual four-week intensive summer program designed to immerse incoming 12th-grade students in an academic, career, and postsecondary preparatory experience. Instruction and mentorship will be offered to cohorts of 25 students each, supported by a dedicated network of Penn graduate and professional student teaching assistants and subject matter experts from all 12 academic schools at Penn.Mon -Thurs
June 28 - July 30
10am - 2pm

Families will be able to identify their site preferences on the registration form. Placement will depend on occupancy and capacity, and in accordance with current health and safety protocols.

Fels High School

Martin Luther King High School

Central High School

Palumbo High School

Kensington Creative & Performing Arts High School

High School of The Future

Overbrook High School

Edison High School

West Philadelphia High School

South Philadelphia High School

Registration for summer programming is now closed. We are excited by the number of families who registered and are now working to assign students to summer program locations.

Families will be notified of their students’ placement and any additional information needed by 6/1. Information will be shared via email, phone, and text depending on the families’ preferred method of communication.

If you have questions about your child’s registration or any other information related to summer, please click here.

On their first day, all students will receive a book bag with supplies, books, and materials they need to participate in programming.

  • Students will receive breakfast and lunch
  • Students should bring and use their assigned Chromebooks
  • Transportation hubs will be available for students across the city to help get students to summer sites. Additional information about transportation will be communicated to families after registration is confirmed.

For families of English Learners entering in grades 9-12, students have the option to choose between participating in English Language Development focused content or to participate in general education programming.

Families can use the same registration form above and will be able to select if they are interested in enrolling their student in the English Learner Summer Program for Newcomers or in the General Education Program offerings. Translated companion PDFs of the registration form will be linked in the form.

Families can consult with their students’ ESOL teachers for guidance on which option may be the best fit for their student.

Extended School Year (ESY)

ESY will be offered both IN PERSON and DIGITAL

ESY Dates for Summer 2021: Monday, June 28, 2021 to Friday, August 6, 2021

Extended School Year (ESY) services are free special education services provided to students that require special education supports and services beyond the regular 180-day school year. The primary purpose of ESY is to maintain the progress the student made on their most critical goals and objectives during the regular school year. The ESY program is based on the student’s individual needs and typically does not include every goal and objective in the student’s IEP.

How are ESY eligibility and services determined?

The student’s eligibility for ESY and which ESY services the student requires must be discussed at the student’s IEP Team meeting. The amount, type, and duration of services that are provided during ESY will depend on the individual needs of the student and are determined by the IEP Team based on data collected on the student’s skills and behaviors. ESY may include not only specially designed instruction, but may also include related services such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech therapy, and transportation.

ESY Summer 2021 Program Information
ESY services will generally be provided 3 days per week, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., for a six-week period during the summer. Extra-curricular activities will be provided from 1 pm to 4 pm in conjunction with the City of Philadelphia Out-of-School Time providers (OST). However, there is no fixed amount, type, or duration of ESY services; each student is entitled to receive the services necessary to ensure they receive an appropriate education based on their needs. During the IEP Team meeting to determine eligibility and services for ESY, fewer, more, or alternative services may be discussed.  Please be sure to raise your concerns or questions with your child’s IEP team.  Because students’ participation in Extended School Year is determined by the IEP team, parent/guardian registration is not required.

For additional information and updates, please access the tabs below and visit https://www.philasd.org/specializedservices/what-we-do/extended-school-year/.

Program Dates:

Monday – Wednesday
Monday, June 28, 2021 – Wednesday, Aug 4, 2021 (Students)

Program Hours:

8:30 am  – 1 pm:      ESY Instructional Services

1 pm – 4 pm:             Extra-curricular activities will be provided by Out-of-School Time (OST) programs funded by the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Children and Families

The schools below will host ESY programs this summer. Sites will have both digital and in-person options available. Your child’s special education case manager will share with your family the ESY site your child will be attending if you chose to participate.

OSS RegionESY SiteGrades Served
NortheastLouis H. FarrellElementary
NortheastLawton ElementaryElementary
NortheastMayfair ElementaryElementary
NortheastSamuel Fels High SchoolHigh School
NorthwestJohn B. Kelly ElementaryElementary
NorthwestMartin Luther King, Jr. HighElementary
NorthwestWidenerK 12
NorthwestCentral HighHigh School
South/CentralDeBurgos ElementaryElementary
South/CentralKensington Creative and Performing Arts High (KCAPA)High School
South/CentralHunter ElementaryElementary
South/CentralSouth Philadelphia HighElementary
West/SouthwestLocke ElementaryElementary
West/SouthwestWest Philadelphia HighHigh School
West/SouthwestOverbrook Educational CenterElementary
West/SouthwestScience Leadership Academy Middle School/Powell Elementary SchoolElementary

Students’ participation in Extended School Year is determined by the IEP team.  Parent/guardian registration is not required.

All materials and resources will be aligned to students’ Individualized Education Plans. In addition, students will receive a backpack with materials and supplies to support their instructional programs at home.

  • Students will receive breakfast and lunch
  • Students should bring and use their assigned Chromebooks or relevant device during ESY
  • Transportation will be provided for all students who qualify for and attend ESY

Students who are dual identified as an English learner and having a disability may be eligible for Extended School Year. Families should refer to their IEP Team for support and guidance.

Frequently Asked…

Will programming be offered in person?

Students entering in PreK and Kindergarten: Digital

Students entering in grades 1-12 participating in a District-run program: In Person

PENN Rising Senior Summer Academy: Digital

StartUP EDU: Hybrid.

Special education ESY: Offered both in-person and digitally.

Who will be staffing summer programming?

All District-run summer programs are staffed through the summer talent application process unless noted otherwise. The application for all summer roles opens on April 8th and closes on May 2nd. Staffing for the PENN RSSA program and Out of School Time programs are staffed externally.

What are the scheduled hours for students?

For students entering K, families and their children will participate virtually for 90 minutes twice a week in formal activities (either Mon-Tues or Wed-Thurs), along with the opportunity to sign up for a variety of other informal, optional activities the rest of the week.

For students entering grades 1-8, the schedule is from 8:30 – 4p Monday through Friday.

For students entering grades 9-12, the schedule is from 8:30 am – 1:30 pm Monday through Thursday. ESY will operate Monday-Wednesdays and Compensatory services will operate Thursday and Friday. Schedules for externally run programs (UPENN RSSA, WorkReady) vary.

Will meals be provided?

Yes, students will receive breakfast and lunch at each summer site.

Will transportation be provided?

Yes, transportation hubs will be available across the city for students. Additional information and assignments will be shared with families once they complete their registration.

What materials and supplies will my child need?

Each student will receive a book bag with materials, supplies, and books they will need for the summer. In addition, students will have individual kits at the school site for project-based learning and activities.

What is Quarter 5? Why are we doing Quarter 5 this year?

As students continue to navigate the impacts of COVID-19 and adjust to virtual learning, the District will provide additional time for students to meet standards. Our goal is to provide students entering grades 10-12 the opportunity to improve grades, gain mastery of course content and skills, work towards proficiency, and earn credits they need to stay on track towards graduation. Students who successfully complete the requirements of Q5 will have the opportunity to improve up to three core course grades from an F to a D.

Who is eligible for Quarter 5?

The 2021 Quarter 5 Grade Improvement Program is ONLY open to students who meet the following criteria:

Currently enrolled in a School District of Philadelphia High School entering 10th, 11th, or 12th grade or current 12th grader
In danger of failing a core course in the 20-21(current) school year

Is Quarter 5 mandatory?

Students entering grades 10-12 and current 12th graders who end the school year with an F in a core course will be required to attend Q5 to improve their grades. If a student does not participate, they will have to recover the course prior to or during their 12th-grade year in order to remain on track for graduation.

How is Q5 different from Credit Recovery?

Credit Recovery courses are open to currently enrolled School District of Philadelphia High School students in 10th and 12th-grade who have failed a course in the 19-20 school year or a fall 2020 semester course.

My child is not in high school, but I want them to have an opportunity to improve their grades.

We understand that many are concerned about students’ progress and learning. Q5 is only available to students entering in grades 10 – 12. Programming for students entering in grades 1 – 9 will help all students deepen their understanding of core concepts, skills, and standards from this year, as well as to prepare for the upcoming school year. Programming for students entering in grades 1 – 9 is not graded.

What safety protocols will be in place?

All current safety protocols as outlined by PDPH, CDC, and the District’s Health and Safety Plan will be in place. In order to maximize the safety of our students and staff, the School District of Philadelphia will conduct COVID-19 testing of students in the school building and during the school day. This program will test both students without symptoms (Asymptomatic Testing) and students with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (Symptomatic Testing). Because testing will need to be performed regardless of a parent or guardian’s availability at the time a test will be administered, the prior consent for testing is required for all students who participate in the summer learning program.

To consent to this testing, you need to review this consent section included in the registration forms.

Health & Safety Protocols, and Rapid Testing

Health & Safety

All current safety protocols as outlined by PDPH, CDC, and the District’s Health and Safety Plan will be in place.

In order to maximize the safety of our students and staff, the School District of Philadelphia will conduct COVID-19 testing of students in the school building and during the school day. This program will test both students without symptoms (Asymptomatic Testing) and students with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (Symptomatic Testing). Because testing will need to be performed regardless of a parent or guardian’s availability at the time a test will be administered, prior consent for testing is required for all students who participate in the summer learning program.

To consent to this testing, you need to review this consent section included in the registration forms.

What is the Office of Environmental Management Services and what does it do?

The School District of Philadelphia’s Office of Environmental Management Services (OEMS), under direct supervision and guidance from the Chief Operations Officer, is tasked with overseeing, evaluating, and reducing the risk of environmental hazards in our schools.

Learn more, see our meeting minutes and slideshows HERE.

Will the ventilation/air quality studies be made available to the public? If so, where?

Yes. Occupancy of spaces based on fresh air intake is included on our Reopening Readiness Dashboard HERE.

This Ventilation and Air Balancing FAQ provides more information how how to read the reports, and answers specific questions like how to tell what the occupancy for your child’s classrooms is or what is means if your child’s classroom reports is a zero (0).

More FAQs related to this topic are in the Ventilation FAQ tab.

Have schools been thoroughly cleaned in preparation for school opening?

Our facilities team has been fully trained in enhanced cleaning standards using EPA-registered cleaning supplies — and they started implementing them in the summer of 2020. Once students return, the entire school will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected at the end of each day, in preparation for the next day.

Learn more about the cleaning protocols in this Cleaning and Ventilation Protocol document

Will the public have access to reports on school specific facilities improvement plans and progress?

Yes. Please visit this website to view information on current school improvement projects and any resulting environmental reports.

Will COVID-specific safety protocols be in place during hybrid learning?

Yes a range of health and safety protocols will be in place to provide multiple layers of safety for students and staff, including Pre Screening, PPE, Social Distancing, Classroom Design and Safety Measures, and Restroom Procedures. Learn more in the complete Advancing Education Safely Plan, and watch our video on safety protocols in classrooms HERE.

What happens when a student or staff member at school tests positive?

The protocol for this, and more, is outlined in the Presumptive and Confirmed COVID-19 Case Protocol (see page 4).

What happens if a student refuses to wear a mask?

Our students’ health and safety is the priority in an environment conducive to optimal learning! As we return to in-person learning that is quite different than ever before, there will be occasions when students, who are not exempt from wearing a mask, may refuse to wear one.

From a Health and Safety perspective,  mask breaks are permitted during the day when students are greater than 6 feet apart. Masks breaks can occur for a maximum of fifteen minutes per break. Mask breaks are most conducive at times for example, when students are outside for recess or when in a large area. It is recommended that prior to students returning to in-person learning, students should practice wearing their masks during digital learning for extended periods when lessons are conducted.

Listed below is a set of guidelines and recommendations for school leaders in response to mask wearing that needs to be included in the school’s Opening of School Packet/Family Letter. School leaders are to include a clear message to all families that it is a School District Philadelphia mandate, through the Hybrid Learning Model, that all students must wear a mask, unless there is an exemption based on Pennsylvania Department of Education criteria.

Student Mask Protocol

Please note that while we have indicated a progression of occurrences, whether it is day to day, every other day, we ask again that school leaders/staff use common sense to address the behavior.  It is extremely important that we do whatever we can to ensure the wearing of masks is to protect oneself and the health and safety of others.  After the staff member (e.g. Teacher, Counselor, Support Staff) uses the recommended strategies and/or other strategies that may be useful in addressing this behavior, then the following steps/recommendation should be followed for a student’s refusal to wear a mask.

CDC Guidance for K-12 School Administrators on the Use of Masks in Schools

Students who refuse to wear a face mask

📌Sample Letter Template:  Students Who Refuse to Wear a Face Mask

Students who Refuse to Wear a Face Mask  School Letter Template

What will the protocol be for classrooms, when schools reopen?

In classrooms, where students will spend most of their time, doors will remain open as much as possible to promote good ventilation and help avoid touching door knobs.

Every classroom  has been evaluated to determine the maximum number of students and staff who can be in the room while maintaining safe ventilation standards and social distancing. There will be a sign outside of each room, showing that number.

Desks will be arranged and marked to support the right number of people in the room and to ensure proper social distancing. If the classroom has tables, seats at the table will be marked to ensure social distancing.

Every classroom will have cleaning supplies. Students and teachers together will use these to help keep desks, tables, chairs, and other high touch surfaces clean throughout the school day.

Learn more about our safety protocols in these videos HERE.

How will meals be handled when schools reopen?

To support health and safety during meal times, students will start out eating breakfast and lunch in their classrooms.

In some cases, cafeterias will be set up with self-serve stations where students will safely pick up prepackaged meals and utensils, and then return to the classroom to enjoy their meal. In other cases food service workers will serve students, who will then take the meal back to the classroom — or meals will be delivered directly to classrooms.

Cafeteria workers will follow enhanced CDC food preparation and safety guidelines – including wearing face masks and gloves at all times, wearing hair nets, and washing their hands frequently.

In all cafeterias, a touchless hand sanitizer station will be at the door, and students will be encouraged to use them on their way in and out. And, as an added safety measure, floor arrows will direct orderly traffic flow in the cafe.

When students are able to eat in the cafeteria, tables will be marked to designate where students can safely sit to ensure proper social distancing. Once the lunch period is over, the entire group of students will exit the cafeteria so all tables, chairs, benches, serving lines and high touch surfaces can be thoroughly cleaned before the next lunch period begins.

Watch our video on safety protocols around meals HERE.

What will the protocol be for bathrooms, when schools reopen?

We are taking extra precautions in bathrooms.

Signage to remind students of health and safety protocols will be clearly posted. To maintain social distancing, students will not be able to use sinks or urinals that are immediately next to each other. Where numerous sinks or urinals are lined up in a row, every other unit will be  clearly marked to indicate that it cannot be used.

All bathroom stalls are safe to use because they have built in partitions.

High touch surfaces like toilets, faucets and stall handles, soap dispensers and paper towel dispensers will be disinfected at least every four hours.

And of course, everyone must wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before leaving the bathroom.

Watch the bathroom protocol video HERE.

What are the protocols for entryways, hallways and offices?

To minimize direct face-to-face interaction and two-way traffic flow, many schools will use one door for entering and a different door for exiting. In other schools where that’s not possible, traffic in entryways and exitways will move in one direction at any given time.

Touchless hand sanitizer stations will be available for use inside every entrance. As students continue into the hallways, touchless hand sanitizer stations will be available at each end. High touch surfaces like lockers and door knobs, will be disinfected at least every 4 hours during the day. There will also be signs on the hallway walls to remind everyone of proper health and safety protocols.

Drinking fountains will be turned off.  Touchless bottle fillers (found on the newer hydration stations) will remain on so students can safely fill up their personal water bottles.

Main office doors will remain open as much as possible during the day to minimize touching door knobs and to promote good ventilation. Outside the office, there will be a sign showing the maximum number of people safely allowed in the room. There will be a hand sanitizer station at the door and signage to promote health and safety practices. Inside the office, plexiglass partitions have been installed to further promote safety.

Learn more in our video HERE.

Will there be safety drills when students return to schools?

Safety continues to be our number one priority and that will include regular fire drills when students return to school.

When conducting drills, schools must adhere to guidelines provided by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines regarding social distancing and face covering requirements during fire and school security drills. Students and staff must wear masks at all times, including during and throughout drills.

What is being done about the asbestos problems in schools that were identified before COVID?

The School District has accelerated its asbestos abatement efforts while schools have been closed. Extensive environmental and capital improvements took place this summer across more than 60 schools and are currently underway in another 30. For information about what’s happening at your school, visit HERE. Note that if your school is not undergoing a project, it will not be listed on the website.

Who is receiving concerns about issues with District buildings at this time?

Please email covid19info@philasd.org with any issues or concerns with District buildings.

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In our efforts to plan for our students to return to school in the safest manner possible, the School District of Philadelphia is providing COVID-19 testing for all students.

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