Updated May 18, 2021
Resources for Families
Full In-Person Learning Will Resume for the 2021-22 School Year
When the new school year begins in August 2021, we are excited to announce that we plan to be 100% in-person, discontinuing our virtual learning programs. All students will learn in-person Monday through Friday following a regular full-day schedule.
Parents, students, and staff who have been learning and working in the building during hybrid these past two months have commented about how safe they feel. And our entire Freire Schools team is committed to ensuring that the school day structure and our safety protocols support a safe return to school for all our kids this fall.
For example, we are monitoring the evolving CDC guidance around wearing masks indoors. For the remainder of this school year, everyone in the building will continue to be required to wear masks. If that precaution changes for summer school or next year based on state or federal guidance, we will communicate this to all families.
In the coming weeks, you will receive more information about the school calendar, daily schedule, and safety protocols. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns about our return to full in-person instruction in August, please reach out to your Head of School.
The COVID-19 Vaccine is Now Available for Children Age 12 and Up
On Monday, May 10, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded the Emergency Use Authorization for the Pfizer vaccine to include anyone ages 12 and older.
We know that children are not immune to COVID-19, but it is a vaccine-preventable disease just like measles, mumps and other childhood diseases. We strongly encourage you to consider vaccinating your child to protect them, your family, and our school community. In the vaccine trial for students aged 12-15, there was 100% efficacy and no reported serious side effects.
You can get more information and find vaccination opportunities by clicking here. Please note: Not all sites will vaccinate people under the age of 16. Make sure to call ahead to confirm a vaccination site has Pfizer vaccine and will vaccinate your child.
At City-run sites that have Pfizer vaccine, children ages 12-15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Parents or guardians must bring documentation of the child’s age. Accepted documentation to confirm age includes:
- Access school or health care portals via phone
- Copy of school or sports health forms
- Insurance Cards
- Birth certificates or photos of their birth certificate
- Any other documents with the child’s name and date of birth.
Our Summer School Program is Exciting and In-Person
Summer school looks a lot different this year! We have designed a summer school program that provides students an opportunity to recharge their academics and reconnect with their peers in a variety of fun activities and field trips.
Kids will meet at the school for sessions that will help them accelerate their academic growth and will be able to participate in activities such as ballet, hip hop, fashion design, creative writing, drama, cheer/step/stomp, film production, entrepreneurship, barbershop lessons, etc., either at the school or at partner sites. We will be forwarding sign-up information shortly. Please note that activities and eligibility vary by campus. This program will give kids a leg up for next year’s learning and help them come together as a community again.
Our hybrid learning program was an important first step toward resuming regular instruction. Our in-person summer school program is the next step in getting kids ready to Breathe Fire in full-time, in-person learning this fall.
We were able to rise to every challenge over the past 15 months because our families have been such supportive educational partners. Thank you. We are excited to partner with you in this next phase for Freire Schools.
Health and Safety Plan
The plan linked here discusses Freire Charter School’s reopening plan at such time as conditions permit us to open the building for in-person learning. Click here to read Freire Charter School’s Phased School Reopening Health and Safety Plan.
Latest Coronavirus Update
You can find an active count of the reported cases in PA, as well as up-to-date information on how the Department of Health is responding to this health crisis here: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/
Please check your email regularly for important updates and information from Freire! If you are not currently signed up for weekly newsletter emails, please click here to sign up:
The health of our staff and students is paramount. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this rapidly evolving situation.
See below for more information about the virus and how you can prevent spreading illness:
What are the symptoms?
- Shortness of breath
How does it spread?
virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within 6 feet)
- Via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possible be inhaled into the lungs
- Spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects
How can you help protect yourself and others?
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects (e.g. doorknobs, tables, light switches, cell phones, keyboards, etc.)
- If you are sick, stay home until your fever is gone for 24 hours
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds
- Cover your nose and mouth with tissue when you cough or sneeze – and wash your hands after
- Avoid putting fingers in your mouth, ears, or eyes
If you plan on traveling in the next few weeks, please refer to the CDC’s page on travel guidance and advice.
The Office of Emergency Management asks that the public stay informed of coronavirus news from the city by enrolling for free alerts by texting COVIDPHL to 888-777 and by visiting the Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s web page here.
We will continue to monitor the recommendations from state and local authorities and will update you with any changes.
- CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Webpage
- New York Times – Coronavirus Live Updates
- PA Department of Health Coronavirus Info
- Coronavirus Situation Summary
- Freire Charter School Continuity of Education Plan
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out.
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Freire Middle School
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Freire High School