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For the first time in recent memory, the Philadelphia School District is retaining the option of opening schools late in the event of bad weather.

Until now the School District of Philadelphia had two choices when it snowed: close the schools, or keep them open.  Now they are adding a third option: the delayed opening at 10:00am.  

John Frangipani (right), the school district’s operations chief, says a uniform 10:00am opening would simplify the message in a district with many starting times:


“Most school districts do a two-hour delay — smaller school districts.  But we have programs that start as early as 6:30 in the morning, and some that start even later, at 9 o’clock.  So that two-hour delay may have caused some confusion across the city.”


He says this option allows the district to open the schools and have it count as an instructional day under state law.

Frangipani says that in any 10am delayed opening, all district-provided yellow bus transportation for public and parochial schools would run on a 90-minute delay (see schedule provided by school district).  Parents were being informed of the change in letters going out this week.

As of 1pm Wednesday the Philadelphia School District had NOT made a decision on the status of schools for Thursday or Friday.

KYW’s Mike DeNardo

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