Philly School District considers hybrid of in-person, remote learning this fall

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — As the Philadelphia School District prepares for the fall, administrators know one thing: Not everyone will return to their school buildings. 

The district is considering three scenarios to resume school: a full return to buildings, a completely online opening, or some hybrid of the two. 

Superintendent William Hite said he knows some staffers who are immuno-compromised may not be returning to school facilities.

“We know we're going to have some people that are in vulnerable categories that do not feel safe coming back,” he added.

Some students won't be going back either.

“We also know that there are families that may not let their children return simply because they are in fear of the children contracting the virus,” said Hite.

The district may seek waivers from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to accommodate teachers or students who need to continue virtual learning. 

Hite said it's very likely there won't be a single back-to-school plan for the entire district, but rather some combination of in-school and online education, based on individual school communities.