Going forward, families will be informed of any changes to in-person learning only if your child’s school is impacted. Ongoing updates and full list of schools HERE. Grab-and-Go Meals HERE.
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Practicing Self-Care for Families: Engaging Without Burning Out

Practicing Self-Care for Families: Engaging Without Burning Out

Posted on January 26, 2022
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Categories: 2022 February, FACE News, Focus on FACE, Health & Wellness
Having a child of school age was always hard– but the pandemic has made it even more difficult for so many families. In today’s technology-driven world, family members need to know how and when to engage with a school, have superior technology skills, spend time effectively, and so much more. With such a long list...
Mary McLeod Bethune School Opens Its Doors to the Community for COVID Education and Vaccines

Mary McLeod Bethune School Opens Its Doors to the Community for COVID Education and Vaccines

The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that school staff members have had to get creative and think outside the box around family and community engagement. That’s no challenge for Family Engagement Liaison Victoria Trower, who supports 12 schools within the School District. One of those schools is Mary McLeod Bethune School in North Philadelphia, which has...
Seeing Parents as Partners Earns Hancock Demonstration School Family-School Partnership Award

Seeing Parents as Partners Earns Hancock Demonstration School Family-School Partnership Award

When it comes to family and parent engagement, John Hancock Demonstration School’s Principal Bill Griffin wants families to know how vital they are to the school and the school community. “Parents need to know how valuable they are,” Principal Griffin says before showcasing a school that does outstanding work engaging parents and families in a...
Congratulations to the 2021 Family Engagement Award Winners!

Congratulations to the 2021 Family Engagement Award Winners!

The Office of Family and Community Engagement (FACE) is excited to announce the winners of the 2021 Family Engagement Awards! 🎉🎉 Every October, FACE opens nominations for two awards, the Family-School Partnership Award and the Family Leadership Award to Philadelphia public schools. The Family-School Partnership Award is awarded to schools that can demonstrate exemplary practice...
Winter Holiday Safety Tips from District Medical Officer Dr. Klock

Winter Holiday Safety Tips from District Medical Officer Dr. Klock

The winter holidays are here and friends and families will gather in ways we haven’t since before the pandemic! While we know so much more than a year ago about how COVID-19 spreads and have the addition of vaccination as an added layer of safety, we all must keep in mind that the pandemic continues...
Fall in Love with Reading with the Free Library of Philadelphia! [November 2021]

Fall in Love with Reading with the Free Library of Philadelphia! [November 2021]

The Free Library of Philadelphia is open! Check the hours of your local library here to make sure your library is open. For the safety of library users and for the safety of library staff, visitors are required to wear a mask inside libraries regardless of vaccination status. The Free Library also has a Helpline...
Tips for Productive Report Card Conferences

Tips for Productive Report Card Conferences

Photo: NPR Report card conferences are approaching, and we want to make sure that both families and educators are prepared and ready to discuss the progress of students to ensure a clear path for the rest of the school year, especially in this unique environment. Remember that a major goal of these conferences is to...
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Family Involvement vs. Family Engagement: What’s the Difference?

"Family involvement" and "family engagement" are not one in the same. These are two very distinct concepts that look different in practice and yield different outcomes and results. Take our Quick Quiz to start off, and then read below to learn more about how "involvement" and "engagement" are two very different ideas, and why it's...
Welcoming our Youngest Families Back to School!

Welcoming our Youngest Families Back to School!

Posted on September 2, 2021
Categories: District News
We are so excited to welcome our young families back to school and the ELECT Program Team is ready to support! ELECT is the School District of Philadelphia’s service program to support pregnant and parenting students of any gender as they work towards graduation. ELECT offers a wide array of individualized and group services including...
Adjusting to In-Person Learning in the New School Year

Adjusting to In-Person Learning in the New School Year

Posted on August 30, 2021
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Categories: 2021 September, Family Spotlight, Focus on FACE
Fall 2021 has finally arrived, and students are back to in-person learning 5 days a week. It seems to go without saying that certain adjustments will be needed after over an entire school year of virtual and hybrid learning. Here are some tips that could be helpful to keep in mind as you and your...