Francis Hopkinson School to Close Monday and Tuesday

Posted on February 2, 2020
Categories: Press Releases

PHILADELPHIA — Francis Hopkinson School will be temporarily closed Monday, Feb. 3 and Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020.

Staff will report to the Little School House on these days. Further communication will be provided to staff and families about the schedule for the rest of the week.

Grab-and-go breakfast and lunch meals will be available for pickup on Monday and Tuesday. Both meals will be available for pickup at the Little School House from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Previous cases of damaged asbestos that have been identified were communicated with families and addressed. However, there are new concerns about safety at the school after asbestos-containing materials may have been disturbed above ceiling tiles that were replaced over the summer. As a result, the school will be closed Monday and Tuesday so that further environmental testing can be conducted at the building.

Two independent testing companies will work with the District to establish testing areas to monitor for the presence of asbestos. The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT) will be invited to work with the District on the process and all results will be reviewed with the organization.

Families, media and the public are urged to monitor the District website at and the school’s website at for updated information.