School District Introduces Virtual Family Academy to Support Families During School Closure

Posted on May 6, 2020
Categories: Press Releases

In an effort to provide parents and families with additional support while school buildings are closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the School District of Philadelphia is launching a Virtual Family Academy, a series of online workshops covering a variety of topics. The academy will be made available to parents and families starting tomorrow, May 7.

The Virtual Family Academy courses are specifically designed for School District of Philadelphia families and are a part of the District’s Family and Community Engagement’s – or FACE – Learn Where You Live initiative, a program introduced in 2017 to offer families support through in-person trainings and courses. The program has been re-formatted to offer virtual webinars as a way for District staff to stay engaged with families and continue to offer support while school buildings are closed. The “Learn Where You Live” virtual courses will be available via Zoom and can be conveniently accessed from a computer or smartphone device.

“The Family Academy has always been a tremendous support for our families, and we’re excited to offer more resources and support that are virtual and easily accessible, especially during this time,” said Superintendent William R. Hite, Jr., Ed.D. “We hope that this will help to ease some of the stress that we know families are facing now that learning is taking place at home.”

Upcoming Virtual Family Academy sessions include: Unpacking Remote Learning for Families (May 7), Google Classroom Fundamentals for Families (May 8), Managing Stress for a Healthy Family During COVID-19 (May 13), and Social and Emotional Learning: Connections Between School and Home (May 14). Additional sessions will be offered through June. A complete list of courses can be found at

Registration is not required for any of the virtual courses. For more information and access to sessions/webinars, please visit