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.

Haddonfield schools chief stepping down at end of school year

Board President Adam Sangillo said Superintendent Lawrence Mussoline “grabbed the reins of a district in need of major rebuilding and clear leadership.” He said Mussoline had “righted the ship" and credited him with leading long-range strategic planning and promoting diversity.

Haddonfield schools chief stepping down at end of school year

Board President Adam Sangillo said Superintendent Lawrence Mussoline “grabbed the reins of a district in need of major rebuilding and clear leadership.” He said Mussoline had “righted the ship" and credited him with leading long-range strategic planning and promoting diversity.

Drexel will conduct all final exams remotely because of coronavirus

Other schools likely will be watching Drexel's execution of all final exams remotely next week because many wil be faced with doing the same later this semester.

Drexel will conduct all final exams remotely because of coronavirus

Other schools likely will be watching Drexel's execution of all final exams remotely next week because many wil be faced with doing the same later this semester.

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Philly schools must close now to contain coronavirus | Opinion

We must close the schools while we still have time, for the adage is right that you can’t close the barn door after the cow has gotten away. Simply put, changing behavior saves lives.
Opinion

Philly schools must close now to contain coronavirus | Opinion

We must close the schools while we still have time, for the adage is right that you can’t close the barn door after the cow has gotten away. Simply put, changing behavior saves lives.
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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.

Colleges are going completely online amid coronavirus spread. How will that even work?

Universities are now working to drastically scale up their online offerings using technological platforms that have never been tested at such high usage levels.

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.

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Mayor Kenney’s community college plan is a rare win-win for Philadelphia | Opinion

On March 5th, Mayor Kenney unveiled his proposal to create the Octavio Cattus Scholarship, which would cover tuition, other expenses, and provide academic supports for some students.

West Chester University cancels all in-person classes because of coronavirus, instruction will go online

West Chester is the largest university in Pennsylvania's state system, serving more than 17,000 students. About 5,100 of them lived on campus, but most will not be permitted to return after spring break.

More colleges move to, plan for online classes as coronavirus spreads

Princeton will move all classes online after spring break and at least through April 5; the school has encouraged students not to return to campus after the break. Temple, Lehigh, Rowan, and others have instructed faculty to plan for the possibility of moving all classwork online.

Veterans planning to attend Temple could lose GI Bill funding in VA’s response to business school rankings scandal

“They lied to get a No. 1 ranking, which influences students decisions," said Lauren Augustine, vice president of government affairs for Student Veterans of America.

What it was like to live across from Philadelphia’s biggest polluter

“When I was a little girl, it reminded me of the Wizard of Oz, with white smoke and all,” said Tammy Reeves, one of three residents who told eighth graders what life was like growing up in the shadow of the biggest crude oil refinery on the East Coast.

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America needs to talk about the new book that says lacking a college degree might kill you | Will Bunch

Suicides and drug overdoses soar among middle-class Americans lacking a diploma. Universal higher-ed should be the No. 1 issue in 2020.

‘It’s best to take as many precautions as possible’: Parents and students react to school closings over coronavirus

“Everybody starts to think about how this might affect them,” said Jennifer Polinchock, assistant superintendent in the Centennial School District.

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