Posted on January 6, 2022
Categories: News from SDP

School District Going Virtual on Friday, January 7 Due to Inclement Weather; Planning Updates for Next Week

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Dear School District of Philadelphia families,

A winter storm is expected to bring snow, icy precipitation and freezing temperatures to our area starting later tonight, creating dangerous travel conditions on Friday. With the safety of our students and staff in mind, all School District of Philadelphia schools will shift to virtual learning on Friday, January 7, 2022. Virtual classes will be held and your student’s teacher will notify you of the schedule.

All School District buildings and offices will be closed, including: Family Technology Support Centers, Specialized Services Regional Centers, the offices at 440 North Broad Street, school grab-and-go meal sites and all school buildings. This will allow for the safe clearing of snow from all roadways, walkways and stairs on District properties.

Also, like school districts and companies across the nation, we continue to experience COVID-related staffing challenges. We know our students, staff and families are eager to know about school operations for next week. As we’ve shared before, we are committed to making school-by-school decisions based on the most current staffing data, which can change quickly. District leaders will continue to monitor staffing data for all of our schools daily throughout this week and over the weekend. Initial school-level decisions for next week based on Friday’s data will be shared on Friday by 4 p.m. We will provide another update on Sunday by 4 p.m. based on data through the weekend.

Please take care and be safe during the winter storm. I continue to be incredibly grateful for your patience and partnership as we work together in the best interests of our young people.

With appreciation,


Dr. William Hite