Philadelphia School District announced on Wednesday the school district’s plan for reopening public schools only two days a week when the school year begins. The rest of the days would be virtual learning from home.
The district also announced those who were not comfortable with sending their children back into the classroom could opt for a fully virtual program and registration is set to begin in July. However, students who opt for the fully virtual program must remain in that model throughout the first quarter and will only be able to transition out at the start of a new quarter.
The split schedule would be for K-12 students and would include face to face learning on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday. The district announced they will work to ensure siblings in the same household are on the same schedule.
Students and faculty would be required to wear masks, practice social distancing, and frequent hand washing. Classrooms would be limited to 25 people when feasible and Plexiglas barriers would be install where social distancing of 6 feet or more isn’t possible.
They also announced they are looking to change the first day of school to September 2, 2020.