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Public schools to open two hours late on Monday

Posted on 02 March 2015 by WestPhillyLocal.com

All public schools will open two hours late on Monday, March 2, due to icy road conditions. There is also a two-hour delay opening for all prekindergarten programs and all administrative offices.

Please go to www.philasd.org for updates. Updated information will also be posted on the District’s Information Hotline at 215-400-INFO (4636).

 

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Schools closed Tuesday; SEPTA service changes due to snow (updated)

Posted on 17 February 2015 by WestPhillyLocal.com

As snow continues falling in Philadelphia, the School District of Philadelphia has announced that all public schools and prekindergarten programs will be closed today due to inclement weather. All Archdiocesan schools are also closed. Please go here for more information on other school closings.

SEPTA announced the following service changes in the area due to cold weather and icy road conditions.

Regional Rail: All SEPTA Regional Rail lines may experience delays of up to 20 minutes due to weather conditions.

Customized Community Transportation (CCT): Service is operating with delays of up to 60 minutes due to weather conditions. Customers should call the CCT Control Center at 215-580-7720 to cancel trips if they don’t plan to ride or to inquire about pending “Same Day” trips.

Market-Frankford Line: All trains are making all station stops due to extremely cold weather. There is no A/B express service for passenger convenience.

 

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Bike share name, sponsor and bikes unveiled

Posted on 11 February 2015 by Mike Lyons

The City of Philadelphia has found a sponsor to help lighten the cost of the bike share program set to begin this Spring. Independence Blue Cross will contribute $1.7 million a year for five years. For that they get to name the program – it’s called “Indego” – written on the chunky blue bikes and at the 60 docking stations across the city.

The stations are located from 2nd and Walnut west to 44th and Walnut and Temple University south to the Tasker. It looks like 13 of them will be on this side of the Schuylkill, including one at Clark Park. The stations will house about 600 bikes total. Built by Trek, the bikes have step-through frames, pedal-powered front and rear lights, baskets, three speeds, and adjustable seats.

There are a bunch of different ways to pay, including by-the-trip or a membership. Prices will be announced in March, according to the Indego website. There’s an FAQ here that addresses some other questions.

We’re still waiting on an exact launch date. We’ll keep you posted.

Here’s what the bikes look like:

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School District hiring new teachers, launches online teacher application portal

Posted on 02 February 2015 by WestPhillyLocal.com

In an effort to improve teacher selection process, the School District of Philadelphia has launched a new online teacher application portal. Approximately 400 teacher vacancies are expected for the 2015-16 school year. “Our revamped selection process is designed to attract highly qualified and committed teachers to The School District of Philadelphia,” Superintendent Dr. William R. Hite said in a statement.

“We hope new-to-teaching and experienced educat[ors] will join our efforts to make all schools great,” Hite said.

In addition to the online application, the teacher selection process now includes a phone interview and other online activity, both administered centrally, before candidates are presented to principals for site selection.

The hiring timeline has been shortened compared to previous years. Qualified candidates will know within four to six weeks if they are eligible for site selection.

The School District is particularly seeking to hire individuals with experience in secondary math (grades 5-12), secondary science (grades 5-12), special education, art, music, and upper elementary (grades 5-6). Approximately 9,000 teachers currently work for the District. The District’s starting salary for teachers with no experience is $45,360.

The application is available through the Employment section and Office of Talent webpage on the District website (www.philasd.org).

Teacher candidates may contact recruitment@philasd.org for more information.

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Public school breakfast, lunch menu (Feb. 2-6)

Posted on 01 February 2015 by WestPhillyLocal.com

Here’s this week’s menu for local public schools (Monday, Feb. 2 through Friday, Feb. 6). If your school uses a Satellite menu, click here.

Come back every Sunday evening for the coming week’s menu.

BREAKFAST (K-12)

A variety of three cereals will be offered daily and served with a yogurt parfait or a mini loaf.

Monday

Choose 1: Chicken Sausage, Egg & Cheese on English Muffin or Cinnamon Granola Round
Choose 1: Raisins or Fresh Pear
Variety of Milk

Tuesday

Choose 1: Mini French Toast or Cream Cheese Filled Pretzel
Choose 1: Pear Cup or Fresh Apple
Variety of Milk  Continue Reading

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Schools closing early, after-school programs canceled Monday due to snow

Posted on 25 January 2015 by WestPhillyLocal.com

Philadelphia schools will close at 12 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 26, due to heavy snow and strong wind in the forecast for the area, the Philadelphia School District has announced. All after-school activities, including all athletic programs and professional development classes, are canceled for the day.

An estimated 6 to 12 inches of snow is expected in the Philadelphia area, according to Accuweather.com. Please stay tuned for more weather-related announcements and alerts as the city is preparing for the first major snowstorm this winter.

 

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