What parents need to know before school starts on Tuesday

UPDATE — The School District of Philadelphia reports Benjamin Franklin High School and the Science Leadership Academy have to delay their openings until Thursday, Sept. 5, due to a problem with the campus’ elevators.

But, both schools will be open Tuesday and Wednesday, 8-10am, to distribute TransPasses and serve breakfast.

Also, Ben Franklin and SLA families should get an update on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

PHILADELPHIA — Students at Philadelphia public schools start classes Tuesday, Sept. 3. That’s coming up quickly: the day after Labor Day!

Here are some common questions parents should be able to answer before the school year starts. Click the question for the school district’s answer.

Contact The School District of Philadelphia or your child’s school for further information.

Friday, before the long holiday weekend, will be the last day to show up or call for more detailed answers before the first bell rings.

Have a great year!


  1. More details on the update:
    Three days late, and $37 million into a high-stakes project to co-locate two schools, students at Benjamin Franklin High School and Science Leadership Academy are scheduled to report to the new building for class this morning.
    Despite workers staying overnight to clean and ready the building for students, the school will still be an active construction site, with sections walled off and inaccessible to students.
    The project is slated for completion by the end of this year, and promises new-and-improved labs, lighting, air conditioning, and scenic workspace. https://phillycom.cmail19.com/t/d-l-xauiik-yddiutjtty-jk/

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