Philly School District delays return to in-person learning to continue mediation with teacher’s union

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The School District of Philadelphia is delaying its scheduled return to in-person learning for about 9,000 pre-K through second-graders until March 1, according to Superintendent William Hite.

Initially, Hite said schools would be ready to reopen to students on Monday, Feb. 22.

The teacher’s union objects to the district’s reopening plan. Educators say the school buildings are not properly ventilated enough — even before the coronavirus pandemic — to return safely. They want to get vaccinated before returning to classrooms, but the distribution of the vaccine has been heavily delayed.

Hite has assured the school buildings are safe to reopen.

The district decided to delay the return date by a week as it continues mediation with the teacher's union.

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