Education

School district to purchase air purifiers for every classroom

Air purifiers using technology developed by NASA will be in every Philadelphia public school classroom when students return in August, officials said Thursday, addressing a key teachers’ union concern.

Educators ridiculed and protested a plan rolled out in February to install fans in under-ventilated rooms as a way to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. | From Metro Philadelphia (Read more.)

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Masks Will Be Required for Philadelphia Public School Students in the Fall

Philadelphia public school students and staff will be required to wear face masks when they go back to in-person classes in the fall.

New guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggested it’s safe for fully vaccinated students and teachers to go without masks indoors. However, School District of Philadelphia Superintendent William Hite said the district will keep its mask requirement, based on the CDC’s recommendation that students be kept at least three feet apart and that unvaccinated people keep wearing masks.

“Until that guidance changes, we will still be asking individuals to be in masks and subject to testing,” Hite said, referencing the district’s rapid COVID-19 tests, for which parents must fill out a consent form. Hite said the district will perform weekly testing for adults, as well as random tests on 20% of students every week. | From NBC10 (Read more.)

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What will be at CCP’s newest Career and Technology Center in West Philly?

The Community College of Philadelphia’s West Philly campus on the corner of 48 and Market Streets is in the middle of creating a Career and Technology Center (CATC) to be completed in Spring 2022.

The new learning facility will benefit many students from all parts of the city, and provide an opportunity for them to learn more about software proficiency, environmental studies, and hands-on healthcare training. | From AL DÍA (Read more.)