Posted on March 8, 2021
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March 8, 2021

Dear School District Families,

I am pleased to share that the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT) has now completed its readiness reviews for 45 more schools, all of which will reopen for in-person learning starting Monday, March 15, for PreK-2 students whose families chose hybrid learning in the fall. PreK-2 teachers and support staff for these 45 schools will return to buildings on Wednesday, March 10th to prepare for the return of our young learners. These schools follow the first group of 53 schools that reopened for in-person learning today.

The 45 schools opening for in-person learning on March 15th are:

Alexander Adaire School A.L. Fitzpatrick School General George A. McCall School
Rudolph Blankenburg School Benjamin Franklin School Delaplaine McDaniel School
Joseph H. Brown School Horatio B. Hackett School Morton McMichael School
Lewis C. Cassidy School Haverford Center General George G. Meade School
Benjamin B. Comegys School Charles W. Henry School John M. Patterson School
Jay Cooke Elementary School Thomas Holme School Thomas M. Peirce School
William Cramp School Francis Hopkinson School Samuel Pennypacker School
Kennedy C. Crossan School William H. Hunter School Robert B. Pollock School
William Dick School Andrew Jackson School Potter-Thomas School
Hamilton Disston School Abram Jenks School Rhawnhurst School
Tanner Duckrey School General Philip Kearny School Philip H. Sheridan School
Ellwood School William D. Kelley School Edwin M. Stanton School
Eleanor C. Emlen School John B. Kelly School Vare-Washington Elementary School
Louis H. Farrell School Robert E. Lamberton Elementary School John Welsh School
D. Newlin Fell School James Logan School Widener Memorial School


As part of the initial joint agreement, window fans that had previously been installed in classrooms in these schools will be replaced by air purifiers before students return.

The PFT will continue its school readiness reviews, with the goal of announcing the return dates for the remaining schools serving PreK-2 students by March 22, 2021. Once readiness reviews for all PreK-2 schools are completed, the PFT will begin reviews for the remaining schools serving students in third through 12th grade so that other groups of students can begin to slowly and safely phase in for in-person learning.

As shared previously, PreK-2 families who initially chose to remain with 100% digital learning will be able to opt into hybrid learning after all PreK-2 hybrid learning students have successfully phased in.

It is heartwarming to once again see children in our schools today after nearly a year, and I look forward to safely welcoming even more of our young people back for in-person learning next week and in the weeks to come. Thank you for your continued patience as we advance the important work of safely reopening our school buildings. Please visit to learn more about the many layers of safety we have in place and how we can all do our part to keep ourselves and each other protected while at school.


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