Coronavirus Philadelphia

Just a tiny fraction of school districts nationwide now have masking mandates.
Parents disagree about the wisdom of the district’s approach to COVID for 2022-23.
The district also announced COVID protocols covering vaccinations and a “mask to stay” policy.
Children First shares recommendations for city about issues like child care and public health.
More Philadelphia child care providers opened in the second year of the pandemic than the first, but the city still saw a net loss of providers.
Officials cite health department guidance and impact on learning for the change in COVID policy.
But students and staff will have to wear masks the week after spring break as an “extra precaution.”
The teachers union has raised concerns about whether safety protocols are being followed in schools. President Jerry Jordan said he supports a “safe” reopening.
For many, this is the first time back into school buildings since COVID-19 closed buildings in March 2020.
About 11% of the city’s licensed providers closed during the pandemic — a lower rate than some state and national surveys suggested.
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Students with complex needs will get tested at regional centers, in advance of Philadelphia offering special education support and services.
Mayor, health commissioner are hopeful that in-person learning will resume this school year.
Immigrant students and parents have had to adjust to remote learning during the coronavirus, dealing with language barriers and technological hurdles.
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