Posted on March 15, 2021
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March 15, 2021

Dear School District Families,

I am pleased to share that the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT) has now completed its readiness reviews for 35 more schools, all of which will reopen for in-person learning starting Monday, March 22nd, for PreK-2 students whose families chose hybrid learning in the fall. PreK-2 teachers and support staff for these 35 schools will return to buildings on Wednesday, March 17th to prepare for the return of our young learners.

The 35 schools opening for in-person learning on March 22nd are:

  1. Bache-Martin School
  2. Barton, Clara School
  3. Blaine, James G. School
  4. Bridesburg School
  5. Childs, George W. School
  6. Dobson, James School
  7. Dunbar, Paul L. School
  8. Forrest, Edwin School
  9. Frank, Anne Elementary School
  10. Girard, Stephen School
  11. Gompers, Samuel School
  12. Harrington, Avery D. School
  13. Jenks Academy for Arts and Sciences
  14. Key, Francis S. School
  15. Kirkbride, Eliza B. School
  16. Lingelbach, Anna L. School
  17. Lowell, James R. School
  18. Ludlow, James R. School
  19. McClure, Alexander K. School
  20. Meredith, William M. School
  21. Morris, Robert School
  22. Motivation High School (PreK ONLY)
  23. Nebinger, George W. School
  24. Pennell, Joseph School
  25. Richmond School
  26. Roosevelt Elementary School
  27. Rowen, William School
  28. Solis-Cohen, Solomon School
  29. South Philadelphia High School (PreK ONLY)
  30. Spring Garden School
  31. Sullivan, James J. School
  32. Taggart, John H. School
  33. Washington, George High School (PreK ONLY)
  34. Mitchell, S. Weir Elementary School
  35. Ziegler, William H. School

As previously shared, window fans that had previously been installed in classrooms in any of these schools will be replaced by air purifiers before students return.

Also, from March 16-23, the School District will reopen its Learning Model Selection Process, allowing PreK-2 families who initially chose the 100% digital learning model in the fall the opportunity to opt into hybrid learning or remain 100% digital this school year.You will receive a link to the survey from your child’s school.If you choose hybrid learning: 1) you will be contacted by your child’s school between March 24-26, 2021, and 2) your child will attend school in person two days per week and engage in digital learning three days each week, based on an assigned schedule, beginning the week of Monday, April 5, 2021. If you do not respond to the survey, your child will remain with 100% digital learning.

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 22nd, 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.

Thank you for your continued support as we welcome even more of our young people back for in-person learning next week and in the weeks to come. Together we can support healthy in-person learning environments for students and staff but only if everyone does their part by staying home if you are sick, pre-screening daily, wearing a mask or facial covering, and following all health and safety protocols. You can find details about these protocols and our hybrid learning plan at


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