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A Message from the Office of the Superintendent
We know that this year has been filled with many uncertainties for our families so we want to share some important information about what you can expect for the remainder of the school year.
Hybrid Learning Plan Phase III Rollout
For Phase III, students in the following groups will be able to opt into the hybrid learning model, beginning the week of Monday, May 10, 2021:
● all students in grades 6-9 who have not yet returned, and
● students with complex needs in grades 10-12.
The Phase III Learning Model Selection Survey will open on Tuesday, April 20th , and close on Tuesday, April 27th . Phase III families will receive an email with instruction on how to sign up. If you choose hybrid learning, your child will be assigned a schedule to attend school in person two days per week and engage in digital learning three days each week, beginning the week of Monday, May 10, 2021. To prepare to welcome students, all staff will return to school buildings on Monday, April 26th . The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers will complete its readiness reviews for all remaining school buildings before staff return. For more details, please visit philasd.org/aes.
Phase III will be the final rollout of our Hybrid Learning Plan for this school year. Students not covered through Phase III will remain with 100% digital learning for the rest of the school year.
High School Graduations and Other End-of-Year (EOY) Celebrations
We know that being distanced from friends and teachers at school has been especially difficult for our seniors who envisioned a very different final year of high school. While nothing can make up for your experience this past year, we are happy to announce that:
● you will be able to safely celebrate with your friends and family (as safe capacity limits allow) at an in-person, outdoor high school graduation ceremony, as long as COVID-19 conditions allow for safe school gatherings, and
● as a special gift, the School District will be providing free caps and gowns for graduating seniors in the Class of 2021. If you have already paid for your child’s cap and gown, you will be reimbursed. Schools will share more details once the process is finalized.
Principals at schools with transitional grades will have the flexibility to safely hold Move-Up Day ceremonies. Other EOY events may be coordinated by each school’s leadership team.
All EOY activities will be held outdoors and strictly follow the safety guidelines established by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, including: universal mask wearing, self-screening of attendees prior to the event, and social distancing.
In-Person Summer Learning & Enrichment Opportunities
We’re also offering students across all ages and grade levels the opportunity to connect with their peers by providing an expanded menu of in-person learning and enrichment programs this summer. There’s something for everyone. Details about these programs and how to enroll your child will be sent to you or you can find details here.
I hope this information helps you to plan ahead for the rest of the school year, and gives you something to look forward to in the weeks and months ahead. Thank you for continuing to be great partners in your child’s education.
William R. Hite Jr., Ed.D.
The School District of Philadelphia
School Advisory Council
George Washington High School's Parent Advisory Council held our monthly 4th Wednesday meeting on Wednesday March 24th, several parents, students, teachers, and community members attended the meeting, and provided input on several of our school's initiatives and upcoming plans. Please see the agenda linked here. Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday April 28th from 6:00-7:30pm. We look forward to your attendance!
Meet Link: bit.ly/GWHSSAC
Family Financial Resources
Information About Economic Impact Payments (IRS Stimulus Checks)
•IRS is still distributing the Economic Impact Payments and can send payments through the end of 2021.
•To check status of current Economic Impact Payments, go to “Get My Payment” on the IRS website (https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments)
•To check whether previous Economic Impact Payments were sent, need to view/create an IRS account (https://www.irs.gov/payments/view-your-tax-account)
Free Help With Tax Preparation
Campaign for Working Families offers two ways to help file taxes:
(1) in person
(2) DYI Free File.
In person: client schedules drop-off appointment
Schedule here: www.cwfphilly.org/appointments
Client drops off info/docs during a brief visit.
Clients are not permitted to wait at the location.
CWF reviews your return, calls client to file tax return, and call again when return is ready for pickup.
DYI: CWF directs to free tax filing websites based on income
IRS Free File (under $39,000) and Myfreetaxes.com (under $66,000)
Please note that anyone with a 1099 will pay a fee for this service.
Please click: www.cwfphilly.com/virtual or GetYourRefund.org for more information
Pandemic EBT Assistance
For more information please click https://www.philasd.org/studentplacement/pebt/#1588886482095-c70fa5ef-2899
Please make sure your contact information (current address) is updated in our files at GWHS to ensure that you receive the benefits that you are entitled to . If you have any questions or information to add please call the school at 215-400-3100.
For any general questions about this benefit please call 215-400-5300
Covid-19 Funeral Assistance
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought overwhelming grief to many families. At FEMA, our mission is to help people before, during and after disasters. We are dedicated to helping ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the virus.
Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020