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COVID-19: Philadelphia Schools Information

Philadelphia School Reopening Plans for Summer & 2021-2022 School Year

Schools & Child Care Reopening Updates

The District will return to in-person learning with the first day of school on August 31st. All PreK-12 students will attend five days per week and receive instruction from teachers in their enrolled school. They will not be offering a fully virtual option to all students, but it will be available to any student who needs it. These current District plans are subject to change, as city, state and CDC guidelines for schools are updated. See the latest on what to expect.

Philadelphia charter schools are posting regular updates on meal services and remote learning. Individual charter schools will be communicating their own reopening plans. Visit our website to see the profiles for all charter schools.

MaST Community Charter Schools finished the 2021 school year with a hybrid learning model. Details on the 2021-2022 school year have not been updated. Visit MaST website for the latest.

Philadelphia Performing Arts: String Theory Schools plan to begin the fall 2021 school year with full-time in-person learning, with no options for hybrid or virtual learning for students. For more information on String Theory Schools’ reopening, visit the String Theory website.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has continued to post updates at the Archdioceses COVID-19 page. Parish and regional K-8 schools and high schools will hold in-person classes with safety guidelines in place, also centralizing lesson plans and materials if a shift to virtual learning is needed. For questions, message [email protected] .

 Independence Mission Schools began their phased re-opening of schools on October 26th 2020. Their website explains their reopening plan, health and safety plan, and more. 


Childcare Facilities: According to the city of Philadelphia's most recent announcement, all childcare facilities are able to open under Safe Mode guidance.

Updated guidelines must be followed by centers and families.

First Up is providing access to resources for the entire family. Find links to fun activities for early learners, information on unemployment compensation, and help with access to emergency food assistance.

To find a childcare location near you use our Find a School tool.

Safety Protocols

The City of Philadelphia has announced that Safer-at-home restrictions ended June 2nd. Child care and access centers, elementary and middle schools will be allowed to continue operating in-person activities with safety protocols in place including universal mask wearing and social distancing. View the guidance documents for child care centers and summer camps here.

City Updates and Resources

City of Philadelphia Text Alerts: Text COVIDPHL to 888-777 to receive text messages to your mobile device

Greater Philadelphia CoronaVirus 24/7 Helpline: Call 1-800-722-7112 to speak with a healthcare professional.

Student Meal Updates

All Philadelphia children and youth are also eligible to receive breakfasts and lunches. As School has come to an end, schools and locations around the city are beginning summer meal pick-up sites. For a map on where to find Summer meals, visit this locator

School District meal sites: Open Fridays from 9 am to 2 pm. Ten grab-and-go meals will be available (five breakfast and five lunch meals per child).

Charter school meal sites: Open on varying days from 9 am to 12 pm. Visit each charter school’s website for their specific schedule.

Philadelphia Housing Authority meal sites: Open Monday through Friday from 9 am – 12 pm. Find your nearest food site here.

 Digital Learning Resources

Enrollment in Access Centers is closed. The last day of operations for Access Centers was June 11. If you would like to find a summer program for your child or teenager, please visit Summer 2021 Programs in Philadelphia. 

 PHLConnectED is a fund put into place to connect low-income K-12 student households to no-cost internet service. The program offers eligible student households up to two years of high-speed internet. Participants will not pay any out-of-pocket expenses or installation fees. In addition, there are new, updated eligibility requirements.

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