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Archive for March, 2020

School District of Philadelphia District-wide Closure Extended Indefinitely

All School District of Philadelphia schools will remain closed indefinitely, as ordered by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The District will still observe Spring Break from April 6-9 and offices will be closed on Friday, April 10 in observance of Good Friday; however, meals and learning guides…

School District will use $11 Million to Help Bridge the Digital Divide Among Students

PHILADELPHIA — On Thursday, March 26, the Board of Education approved the School District of Philadelphia’s $11 million request to purchase up to 50,000 Chromebooks for students who do not have access to technology while schools are closed in an effort to slow the spread of Covid-19 (coronavirus). A 2019 survey by the District found…

School District Expands Hotline to Multiple Languages During District-wide School Closures

PHILADELPHIA — The School District of Philadelphia has expanded its student and family engagement efforts by adding nine new hotlines in multiple languages so more families can get answers to a range of general questions in their native languages. In addition to the current English-language hotline, new ones are now available in the following languages:…

City, School District, and Charters Announce Changes in Free Student Meal Distribution Sites

PHILADELPHIA – In light of the City and State emergency closures, the City, School District of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Housing Authority and several charter schools have created a new list of schools and community sites that are distribution points for student meals. These additions also come with changes to the days in which meals will be…

School District of Philadelphia Makes Student Learning Guides Available During District-wide School Closures

Learning Guides for all School District of Philadelphia students grades K-12 are now available online and will also be made available at all 30 grab-and-go meal distribution sites beginning tomorrow, March 17. The English Language Arts and Mathematics learning guides are provided as optional resources for students while schools remain closed through March 27. “While…

City and School District to Provide Meals and Activity Space During School Closures

PHILADELPHIA – In light of schools being closed from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27, the School District of Philadelphia and City of Philadelphia today announced plans to provide meal service and drop-in activity space for students over the next two weeks. From Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until noon, any Philadelphia student can…

All School District of Philadelphia Schools Will Be Closed Through Friday, March 27, 2020

All schools within the School District of Philadelphia will be closed beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, through Friday, March 27, 2020. The decision to close is being made in light of Governor Wolf’s decision to limit non-essential travel for Delaware and Montgomery county residents. That decision has created a significant staffing challenge for our School…

Sixty-Three School District of Philadelphia Schools will be Closed Tomorrow, Friday, March 13, 2020

PHILADELPHIA — Sixty-three School District of Philadelphia (SDP) schools will be closed tomorrow, Friday, March 13, 2020 as a result of Governor Wolf’s announcement earlier today regarding measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Montgomery County, including: advising all residents of Montgomery County to avoid non-essential travel and not report to work until…

School District Announces Plan to Further Limit Risk of Coronavirus to Students and Staff

PHILADELPHIA — As the COVID-19 (coronavirus) public health matter evolves, the School District of Philadelphia has announced additional plans to safeguard the health and wellbeing of students and employees. During a press conference today with Mayor James Kenney and Philadelphia Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley, Superintendent William R. Hite, Jr., Ed.D. shared…