All Schools and Offices Will Operate on a Normal Schedule on Monday, June 12
Dear School District of Philadelphia Families,
Earlier today, a portion of Interstate 95 in Northeast Philadelphia collapsed after a large vehicle fire. The fire started under the overpass near the Cottman Avenue exit around 6:30 a.m. The City has announced that all lanes of I-95 are closed in both directions between Woodhaven and Aramingo exits.
The school district will open all schools and facilities at their normal operational times tomorrow, Monday, June 12. This minimizes disruption to school activities in our final days of the school year, aligns with anticipated plans of others in the area, and supports parents and guardians who must report to work. The district is prepared to operate student bus routes on their normal schedule. Students and staff will be expected to report to their school buildings at their regular start time.
As the safety of students and staff remains our top priority, we encourage families and staff to drive safely, as well as plan alternative routes to commute to and from school as needed. For more information about the road closures and alternate routes, please visit the City’s website. Late arrivals by any students and staff reporting late due to the road closure will be excused.
All previously scheduled events, such as elementary move-up ceremonies and middle and high school graduation ceremonies will continue as scheduled. We recognize that students, families, and staff have prepared for and are looking forward to these celebrations.
We will continue to assess the 95 closure and its impact on employees’ commutes to and from school buildings and their other work locations.
Tony B. Watlington Sr., Ed.D.
The School District of Philadelphia