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.
City may use schools as distribution centers
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Immigrant students and parents have had to adjust to remote learning during the coronavirus, dealing with language barriers and technological hurdles.
Schools to remain all virtual ‘until further notice’
Just a third of students want to come back to school buildings.
Analysis: Just one third of elementary classrooms in Philadelphia meet minimum ventilation standards
Parents express concern as district’s youngest students are set to return to their schools in a month.
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