7073彩票登录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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For Philly schools, a day of chaos and worry amid coronavirus concerns, then a decision to close.

For those schools that were open, Friday was a strange and unsettling day, with widespread staff shortages and half-empty classes, conditions Robin Cooper, the president of the city principals’ union, said were “unstable and unsafe.” Some schools had no nurses, others operated without substitutes.

Montgomery County schools shutdown brings relief, stress — and forces 63 Philly schools to close

Some school leaders were relieved they would no longer have to make day-to-day decisions about closures. But parents were scrambling for child care.

An ‘activist educator’ is leaving the Philly school board

Christopher McGinley, whose grandmother spent her career as a janitor at Olney High School, grew up in Philadelphia and graduated from its schools, then taught in them.

Philly schools bought hand sanitizer with no alcohol to fight coronavirus. Teachers are concerned.

The sanitizer, foamyiQ Lemon Blossom, is not alcohol-based, even though the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the use of products with at least 60% alcohol.

A Philly teacher had known exposure to a coronavirus patient. The district isn’t notifying parents.

A teacher at Randolph High had direct contact with someone who is now hospitalized with coronavirus. The district did not notify parents or send students home, but 200 kids walked out anyway. Union leaders are furious.

How area schools are planning to instruct thousands of students in the event of long-term coronavirus closures

School districts across the region are creating online lesson plans and sending students home with packets of assignments as they brace for the prospect of the spreading coronavirus forcing extended school closures.

Philly teachers say schools aren’t prepared to fight coronavirus

“We can teach our kids — especially the little ones — how to wash their hands," said Arlene Kempin, a PFT vice president. "But if you don’t have hot water and soap, what good is it?”

Kenney nominates 8 education veterans and a public school grad with charter ties for his new school board

For the ninth seat on the board, Kenney nominated Ameen Akbar, a Masterman graduate who has worked as a mentor, dean, and coach in city charters.

Philly teacher with asbestos-linked cancer reaches $850,000 settlement with school district

Sam Meirowitz, the lawyer who represents Lea DiRusso, said no amount of money can fix the fact that she has a fatal, asbestos-caused cancer.

Philly School District poised to pay $850K to teacher diagnosed with mesothelioma

The school board will consider a resolution allowing the district “to execute, deliver, and perform a settlement agreement” with a teacher who had filed notice of intent to sue the school system after being diagnosed with a rare, fatal cancer linked to asbestos exposure.