PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The City of Philadelphia is opening more access centers for students on Monday. Forty-six new centers will open their doors to students in grades K through Sixth.
The centers will provide a supervised learning environment for students who are not able to do classwork at home.
Temperature checks and masks are required for staff and students.
Twenty-two students and three instructors occupied Trinity Lutheran Church in South Philadelphia for their first day.
Backpacks filled with school supplies were given out before hitting the red carpet.
The City of Philadelphia saw over 3,000 families apply for spots in its access centers.
“It wasn’t working,” one grandmother said. “She just wasn’t learning.”
It’s the first day for her granddaughter Kayla.
“I’m so excited,” Kayla said.
“I was so happy when I found out about this, I was jumping up and down in my living room,” Kayla’s grandmother said.
There are now 77 access centers across the city, serving over 2,100 students.