Schools closed on Thursday

Usually, when the words “schools closed” are uttered in February, the weather is the culprit. When news broke on Monday afternoon that Philadelphia public and parochial schools would be closed on Feb, 8, snow, sleet or freezing rain were not part of the conversation. The Philadelphia Eagles, make that the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, had everything to do with it as the City of Philadelphia established it as the date for the public celebration and parade.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office for Communications said the projected city street closures and heavy demands on public transportation in the Philadelphia region, is the reason behind the closure.

“The Archdiocese of Philadelphia continues to extend its prayerful congratulations and best wishes to the Philadelphia Eagles on their historic victory in Super Bowl LII! Thank you for bringing the Lombardi Trophy home to the City of Brotherly Love!”

Dr. William R. Hite, superintendent of The School District of Philadelphia, also released a statement regarding the parade:
“The excitement of the Eagles first Super Bowl victory is a once in a lifetime event. For this reason we have decided to give our students, teachers and their families the chance to witness history. … On behalf of the students and staff of the School District of Philadelphia, thank you to everyone associated with the Eagles for the difference you make in our schools. You have been a stellar example for Philadelphia’s students and we really appreciate your steadfast commitment to education. Even though we will be closed on Thursday, I want to remind every student, parent and guardian that attending school is absolutely essential. That’s why I want to see everyone in school, on-time and ready to learn on Friday. Just like the Eagles were football heroes on Sunday, I want all of our students to be attendance heroes every day.”