Philly Schools’ New Plan: The Year Will Begin Totally Virtually, Superintendent Says

On Tuesday, Philly Superintendent Dr. William Hite announced that there was a new plan in play for the 2020-21 school year, as the Philadelphia region continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic.

Instead of a “hybrid” model that was introduced earlier this month and would involve a mix of in-person and virtual instruction, all students K-12 will begin the year with virtual instruction, the School District of Philadelphia announced.

They will be doing so through at least Nov. 17, which marks the end of the first quarter of the school year. The change comes after hearing more community feedback, Hite told reporters Wednesday. Concerns of safety for students, staff and their families was expressed over the weekend during a protest by educators outside of the School District headquarters, for instance.