Posted on May 20, 2022
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May 20, 2022

Dear Colleagues,

To help protect everyone’s health and well-being as COVID-19 case counts continue to rise in the Philadelphia area, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) has recommended that we resume universal mask wearing. Therefore, starting this Monday, May 23, 2022 and until further notice, all School District students and staff will be required to wear their masks during the school and work day and while riding on school buses and vans.

As we’ve learned since the pandemic began, the coronavirus continues to evolve and so too will our response to it. As we work together to minimize the spread, please remember that our Health and Safety Protocols are still in effect, including the importance of notifying the District if you test positive for COVID-19. If you test positive, please email and/or complete the POSITIVE COVID-19 NOTIFICATION FORM to report the details to the COVID-19 Response Team. If you have symptoms, testing is available at these five mobile sites. You can also access at-home tests through your prescription coverage, and order an additional eight free at-home tests at If you’ve recently decided to get vaccinated or boosted, you can find a vaccination site near you here or at

Thank you for your continued support of healthy schools and work spaces. Please take care and stay safe.

With appreciation,

Dr. William Hite

Superintendent, School District of Philadelphia