Kristen Graham is the urban education writer, with a focus on the Philadelphia School District and issues facing schools in cities across the region and beyond.

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Philly’s Nov. 30 back-to-school plan threatened by rising COVID-19 cases

“We’re preparing for all scenarios, a scenario that will allow for us to bring some children back, a scenario that would allow for all children to remain virtual,” the superintendent said.

School board gets details on Philly reopening, earful from public

With a stock of old buildings and a shaky history of building maintenance, the school system has a daunting job getting buildings ready, officials said.

Philly teachers avert strike with tentative deal for one-year contract

PFT President Jerry Jordan said the district had engaged in “a reprehensible ploy to try to get us to swiftly agree to a half-baked safety plan.”

6,000 Philly kids could be excluded from school if they don’t get vaccinations; school sites opening for shots

Even if students do not return to school buildings this year, the district must exclude those who lack vaccinations or a state exemption from the immunizations.

School is digital, kids are overwhelmed. How do you manage screen time in the COVID era?

Philadelphia and Cherry Hill School Districts in recent weeks adjusted the amount of time students are spending in front of computers.

Philly school board member resigns abruptly

“I am deeply appreciative of your belief in me, my credibility, my lived experiences, and authentic voice to be a Board of Education member,” Akbar said in his resignation letter.

Philadelphia teachers facing first strike vote in decades after contract talks with district fall short

“The district has decided that they are unwilling, at this time, to resolve our one year contract extension,” PFT president Jerry Jordan wrote to his members.

Pa. health secretary declares a ‘fall resurgence’ of cases; some Philly students may not see a classroom this school year; Fauci confident Trump is no longer contagious

Last week, Philadelphia reported the highest COVID-19 case counts since mid-July, according to city data sorted by date of testing.

Some Philly students may not be allowed to return to class this school year, Hite says

Some students will return Nov. 30, and more by February, but there is no timetable for when the remainder of district students — the majority of the 120,000-student school system — will come back.