Already closed Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday for Yom Kippur and the upcoming Pope's visit, the Philadelphia School District just announced it will keep schools shuttered on Monday as well.
The call was made early. Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. had said they would treat Monday as an inclement weather day, making the decision after consulting with city officials.
Hite, in an email to staff, said that "based on additional information we received today from the city and SEPTA," both schools and administrative offices will be closed" because services would be insufficient to open schools. Hence, the six day weekend for staff and students - and childcare headache for many parents.
The day will be made up on Monday, March 21 - the first day of spring break.
"Thank you for your continued flexibility as the city prepares for this historic event," Hite said in the email.