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Oct 1: Update about the digital school day for students. We have provided teachers with increased guidance for maximizing learning, organizing small group instruction, and building in screen breaks. This additional guidance to teachers will help to reduce the amount of time our students, especially our youngest learners, are spending in front of a computer screen — without a break. During screen breaks, students may turn their cameras off and mute their computers while they relax and refresh. For kindergarten students, we’ve shortened the instructional day to 120 minutes, added a 20-minute break with an additional 20 minutes for fun physical activities. Your child’s teacher can provide more details about how these changes will impact your child’s individual schedule. We hope that these improvements will help students to better engage in and enjoy their digital learning experience.

August 25: The City of Philadelphia has launched it’s new PHLConnectED program. PHLConnectED is available for families who do not have an internet connection in the home or are only connected with a cell phone. If you do not have an in-home internet connection or only have internet access through your cell phone, call the PHLConnectED hotline to learn more. Just dial 2-1-1 and press option 1 to hear how you may qualify for the program. Thank you.

August 6: A Letter from the Superintendent About Summer Building Improvements HERE

July 28: The School District is proposing changes to its 2020-2021 reopening plan. For more info, visit philasd.org and click on the link at the top of the page.

June 11: SUMMER MEAL PROGRAMS UPDATE: Beginning Monday, 6/15, additional meal sites will be available for children & families. For more information visit: Visit phila.gov/food

June 10: Our School District will continue to operate remotely as Philadelphia moves to yellow phase status for COVID-19. Information for ongoing support services for our students and families can be found HERE.

June 3: Summer Programs have been announced. They will all be virtual. 

Working Papers: The District has resumed issuing working papers, under new safety protocols. Due to COVID-19, The School District of Philadelphia will be issuing Working Papers at the 440 Education Center through APPOINTMENT ONLY through a safe and secure process that follows COVID-19 restrictions. Learn more HERE.

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April 28: Letter to families of SENIORS

April 27: Updated days and hours for our two Technology Support Centers where you can have your child’s District-issued Chromebook serviced or pick up a loaner Chromebook if your child still needs one for learning at home:

  • Starting Monday, May 4th, both centers will operate three days a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

More info HERE

April 22: Digital Learning Letter from Dr. Hite

April 20: Latest update from Dr. Hite

April 17: Hello, School District of Philadelphia Families. If you did not previously pick up a loaner Chromebook and your child still needs one for learning at home, you can pick one up at one of two Parent & Family Technology Support Centers starting Monday, April 20. The technology support centers are located at the District’s Education Center at 440 N. Broad Street in the 1st Floor Lobby, and in the back of Fitzpatrick Elementary School in the Fitzpatrick Annex Building located at 4101 Chalfont Drive. For operating hours please visit the Chromebook Loaner page HERE. Parents, guardians or any adult listed as an emergency contact for a student are asked to bring some form of identification to pick up a device. High School students should bring their official School District ID badge. Please visit www.philasd.org for more information. Thank you, take care and stay safe.

April 12: Student Chromebook Sign-out Form added to Chromebook page
April 10: Resource Hub with How-To’s for Learning at Home added to Chromebook page
April 1: Internet Options