School District of Philadelphia announces 35 more schools to reopen March 22

The School District of Philadelphia has announced an additional 35 Pre-K through second grade schools to open for in-person learning on Monday, March 22.

School officials announced the Learning Model Selection Survey will also reopen so more students in Pre-K through second grade can opt into hybrid learning.

Teachers of the schools to reopen will report to their respective classrooms to prepare for their first day March 17.

The schools to reopen are:

•           Bache-Martin School

•           Clara Barton School

•           James G. Blaine School

•           Bridesburg School

•           George W. Childs School

•           James Dobson School

•           Paul L. Dunbar School

•           Edwin Forrest School

•           Anne Frank Elementary School

•           Stephen Girard  School

•           Samuel Gompers School

•           Avery D. Harrington School

•           Jenks Academy for Arts and Sciences

•           Francis S. Key School

•           Eliza B. Kirkbride School

•           Anna L. Lingelbach School

•           James R. Lowell School

•           James R. Ludlow  School

•           Alexander K. McClure School

•           William M. Meredith School

•           Robert Morris School

•           Motivation High School

•           George W. Nebinger School

•           Joseph Pennell  School

•           Richmond School

•           Roosevelt Elementary School

•           William Rowen School

•           Solomon Solis-Cohen School

•           South Philadelphia High School

•           Spring Garden School

•           James J. Sullivan  School

•           John H. Taggart  School

•           George Washington High School

•           S. Weir Mitchell Elementary School

•           William H. Ziegler School

School officials hope to announce the return date for all other Pre-K through second grade schools by March 22.

Parents who chose 100 percent digital learning last fall will have an opportunity to opt into hybrid learning by completing the Learning Model Selection Survey. The survey will open Tuesday, March 16 and close Tuesday, March 23. The families who choose hybrid learning will be contacted by the individual schools March 24 through March 26 on how they will proceed. Hybrid learning is scheduled to begin April 5.

Students whose families don’t complete the survey will stay in 100 percent digital learning. Families who decide on a hybrid learning plan for their child can always return to 100 percent digital learning at any time.

The hybrid plan is structured so that children will go to school in person two days per week and participate in digital learning three days a week.. This is to help minimize how many students are safely in school buildings, while also to help maintain social distancing.

The announcement Monday marks the third set of schools since the district and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers agreed on a plan allowing the union to individually review the district’s reopening plans for bringing students and teachers back to the classroom. A third-party mediator was appointed to reach the agreement between the district and PFT.

Officials stated the district and PFT will work together through the agreed upon plan to approve remaining schools for in-person learning so hybrid learning students in grades 3-12 can come back.  

During an interview on Good Day Philadelphia March 8, Dr. William Hite revealed that district officials were planning to explore options for additional instruction that would run into the summer to make up for some of the lost learning time.

"We are also planning to extend this school year into the summer so that we can capture some of that learning loss that has occurred as well," Dr. Hite said.



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