Philadelphia teachers had lesson plans ready when word of school closures came down

Mike DeNardo
March 14, 2020 - 10:07 am

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia school teachers were getting ready for a possible coronavirus shutdown, even before the word came down Friday. 

Rob Caroselli didn't want his students just doing busywork during this forced break. So the principal at Fox Chase Elementary School got together with his staff and had teachers prepare two weeks of lessons that were sent home to parents.
"We gave them some logins for online programming. We put together worksheets and packets that were relevant to what the kids had learned, so some of it would be review. Some of the stuff that they might be touching on in the next couple of weeks," Caroselli said.
He said he'll be updating parents through the school's Facebook page, and that classes in the upper grades have access to online classrooms.
Caroselli said teachers were concerned that children would lose academic momentum, so they wanted to make sure they reinforced what students had already learned.
He added his staff made sure that students didn't have any anxiety over the reason for the interruption in their school routines.