Philadelphia students return for in-person learning

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Students in the School District of Philadelphia will head back to the classroom on August, 31. Below are guidelines from the school district for the 2021-2022 school year.

  • Health Screening – Staff and families are asked to assess that they or their children are symptom-free before they come into schools and District offices.
  • Masks & Facial Coverings – Required for vaccinated and unvaccinated students and staff; provided by schools
  • Touchless Hand Sanitizer Stations –  Maintained in every school
  • COVID-19 Testing
    • Students: Testing available onsite for students who present with COVID-like symptoms during the day.
    • Staff: Continue testing every employee once a week; may adapt throughout the year.
    • Students & Staff: Individuals identified as close contacts with a positive case of COVID-19 must quarantine at home for 10 days. However, they may end quarantine after day 7 and return to work on day 8 if they remain asymptomatic and receive a negative COVID-19 test between days 5 and 7. Vaccinated, asymptomatic close contacts do not need to quarantine. Positive cases must isolate for at least 10 days.
  • Athletics/Performing Arts –Test to Play/Perform: Athletes who play high risk sports and students participating in select performing arts (band and choir) will be tested 1-2 times a week. Vaccinated athletes/performing arts students may opt out of weekly testing with proof of vaccination.
  • Confirmed Positive COVID-19 Cases
    • Communication: impacted schools and families informed
    • Person Testing Positive: in-home isolation required for at least 10 days
    • Classrooms or School Closures: only if advised by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health
  • Continuity of Education – Students who are quarantining or isolating will receive instructional support while at home
  • Social Distancing – While 3 feet of distance will be encouraged where possible, the priority from both the CDC and PDPH is the full return of students with multiple layers of safety in place
  • Air & Surface Purifiers – In all instructional spaces, gyms, cafeterias and offices
  • Cleaning & Sanitizing – Schools cleaned and sanitized before Aug. 31st and throughout the day, every day after schools reopen
  • Student Supports
    • More supports to help students deal with trauma, transition back to a more structured school day and advance socially and academically
    • Starting the first day, all schools will focus on relationship building, and creating safe and welcoming school environments for everyone
  • Extra-curricular Activities & Sports –  All activities will return in person. Spectators limited to outdoor games only

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