The School District of Philadelphia announces that 33 other schools will move to virtual learning this week amid continued staffing issues caused by the Omicron-related spike in COVID-19 cases. These schools are in addition to the 46 district-run schools and nine in the Opportunity Network that were announced Friday, bringing the total to 88.
“It is important to know that converting any school to virtual learning is always a last resort. Our schools are more than just learning institutions,” said Philadelphia Superintendent of Schools, Dr. William Hite. “They are the safe haven our young people rely on for emotional support from a caring educator, for reliable daily meals to nourish their growing bodies, for the support services that are vital to their health and healing and the sense of community and connection that comes with meeting their friends face-to-face. We will continue to keep many of our school buildings consistently open for as long as we are confident that we can do so safely. ”
Principals will talk directly with students and families about guidelines for virtual learning. Staff at schools are still required to report to in-person work unless they are self-isolating or quarantining due to COVID testing or exposure or have been approved for leave.
Additionally, starting Tuesday, the number of “Grab-and-Go” eating places will expand from 12 to 24. Students who are studying temporarily or quarantined at home will be available to receive meals. this week from 9am to 10am. and from 1pm to 2pm More information can be found here.
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