O’Micron continues to ‘significantly impact’ in-person as 2 more Philly schools go virtual to bring total to over 100 – Greeley Tribune

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The number of Philadelphia schools that switched to virtual learning this week now exceeds 100. Two more schools join the growing list due to the COVID-19 surge brought on by Omicron Editions.

At present, a total of 101 schools are virtual. On Wednesday afternoon, Superintendent Dr. William Height gave an update on what is being done to keep students safe.

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“It’s an understatement that this school year hasn’t been easy or predictable,” Haight said.

More than 100 Philadelphia schools moved to virtual learning this week.

“Omicron continues to significantly impact our staffing levels, sometimes forcing us to sometimes temporarily switch to in-person virtual learning at a moment’s notice,” Haight said.

Hite addressed parents, teachers, students and staff in a Facebook Live on Wednesday afternoon. He says the school district is exploring ways to maneuver around the Omicron variant and keep the school doors open.

“This includes setting up multiple hand sanitizing stations in every building, placing an air purifier in every classroom and common space and area, providing disinfectant wipes and other cleaning supplies for schools,” Haight said.

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He also says that PPE is also available if needed.

“We have a lot and where we don’t have a lot, we will buy more. Any school that feels it doesn’t have PPE or supplies, please contact your school administrator,” Hite said.

But the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers thinks otherwise, claiming that classrooms are not safe, “Our members continue to sound the alarm about unstable conditions in our building. It’s time to take our collective concerns seriously.” “

They are calling for a COVID-19 protection plan and their demands include halting in-person learning, equipping teachers with adequate PPE, including N95 masks, and expanding testing for asymptomatic students.

As students face another challenging year, Health Commissioner Dr Cheryl Bettygole says there is hope on the horizon.

“There is a small glimmer of hope. Over the past few days, we have seen what it looks like, at least temporarily, to ease cases. Things look a little more hopeful than they did a week ago,” Bettygole he said.

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Changes in in-person learning are changing by the day, but when it comes to COVID-19 the debate over school safety continues.

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