These are the Philadelphia-area and South Jersey schools that have gone virtual as COVID-19 surges
In Philadelphia, 102 district schools will be virtual at least through Jan. 14.
This was last updated Jan. 12, 2021.
Staffing shortages from a swell in COVID-19 cases have temporarily closed schools across the region. The Philadelphia School District has been hard hit, with 102 of its schools having shifted to virtual instruction, at least through Jan. 14. The district has 216 traditional and 22 alternative schools.
Here are some frequently asked questions and answers.
Which Philadelphia schools have gone virtual?
Add B. Anderson
Bartram High School
Baldi Middle School
Camelot Academy East
Roberto Clemente Middle School
Dobbins High School
Edison High School
El Centro de Estudiantes (virtual Monday only)
Excel Academy North
Excel Middle Years
Feltonville Arts & Sciences
Fels High School
Benjamin Franklin Elementary School
Frankford High School
Harding Middle School
High School of the Future
John B. Kelly
Martin Luther King High School
Liguori Academy Fortis
Mastbaum High School
Northeast Community Propel
Northeast High School
One Bright Ray Fairhill
One Bright Ray Mansion Day
One Bright Ray Mansion Evening
One Bright Ray Simpson
Overbrook Educational Center
Overbrook Elementary School
Overbrook High School
Philadelphia Military Academy
Prince Hall School
Randolph High School
Roxborough High School
Sayre High School
Strawberry Mansion High School
The U School
Wagner Middle School
Grover Washington Jr. Middle School
West Philadelphia High School
Woodrow Wilson Middle School
Which Philly schools are still in-person?
The remainder of the district’s schools - about 150 traditional and alternative schools - will be open.
Why have schools decided to go virtual?
Philadelphia School District officials have said they want to keep schools open whenever possible, and want to avoid a blanket closure. In a letter to staff, Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. said the district will “continue to keep our schools open as consistently as possible as long as we have enough staff to maintain safe and orderly schools.”
District officials have said there’s no specific threshold a school needs to hit for closing, and that leaders examine each school’s staffing level, school climate, ability to attract substitute teachers, and other factors when deciding whether it can remain open or must shift temporarily to virtual instruction.
How many schools are in the Philadelphia School District?
There are 216 traditional public schools in the Philadelphia School District. (The city’s 85 city charter schools are authorized by the Philadelphia school board and funded by tax dollars but independently run.)
When are Philadelphia students off from school in 2022?
Philadelphia students are currently scheduled to be off Jan. 17, have a half day on Jan. 21, have off for Lunar New Year on Feb. 1, have half days on Feb. 2, 3, 4 and 18, have off on Feb. 21, have a half day on March 18, March 30, 31, and April 1, have off on April 11-15, have off May 3, have a half day May 13, have off May 17 and 30. The final day of school is scheduled for June 15.
What Philadelphia suburban or South Jersey districts have gone virtual?
Philadelphia isn’t the only district temporarily shutting schools because of COVID-19. Other schools that have gone virtual are listed below. This is not a comprehensive list:
Bucks County: Morrisville School District, virtual through Jan. 14.
Burlington County: Burlington City School District, virtual through Jan. 14. Burlington Township School District, virtual through Jan. 14. Mount Laurel, virtual for grades 2 through 8 through Jan. 14.
Camden County: Camden City School District, virtual through Jan. 14. Camden County Technical School, virtual through Jan. 14. Haddon Heights School District, virtual through Jan. 14 (K-8 in person beginning Jan. 10), Lindenwold, virtual through at least Jan. 14.
Gloucester County: Monroe Township School District, virtual through Jan. 14. Deptford Township School District, virtual through Jan. 14, but in-person will continue for early childhood and elementary school students.
Philadelphia charters: ASPIRA Charter Schools, virtual until further notice. Independence Charter School, virtual through Jan. 14. Mastery Charter Schools (including those in Camden) are virtual through Jan. 14. Universal Charter Schools, virtual through Jan. 14.
If your school has gone virtual because of COVID-19 and is not on the list, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. This list will be updated as new information becomes available.