Back To School 21-22



2515 S. 78th STREET


TELEPHONE:  215 400 8310                                          Facsimile:  215 400 8311

CAROL TRENCH                                                           RYAN SULLIVAN

Principal                                                                             Assistant Principal

August 14, 2021

Dear Penrose families:

Welcome to a New School Year! My entire team and I are excited and ready to safely welcome all of our students for in-person learning, five days a week starting Tuesday, August 31st – the first day of school.

We are already gearing up for an incredible new school year. Many layers of safety will be in place to protect everyone’s health and wellbeing in our school, including: mandatory mask wearing for students and staff, touchless hand sanitizer stations, air and surface purifiers, and COVID testing. Our teachers and school staff are attending special training sessions to better support our students’ social, emotional and educational needs as they transition back to a more structured school day. Student schedules are being created. Our hard-working custodians have been cleaning and sanitizing our school. And, our cafeteria workers are preparing to serve your children delicious, healthy and free breakfast and lunch each school day.

This year, with the support of Transportation Services, all bus schedules will be aligned with one of three uniform bell times. Standardizing our bell times will help to reduce the amount of time students spend on buses, help ensure buses are on time more often, allow for consistent cleaning of high touch areas on buses between runs, and help the Office of Transportation Services overcome a significant reduction in staffing due to resignations and retirements over the last 18 months.

As a result, Penrose School has new start times and end times for 2021-2022 School Year. This year, school will begin at 8:15 am and end at 2:54 pm each day.

I invite all of our families to attend our in-person Back-to-School Open House on FRIDAY, August 27th from 11 am – 1 p.m. This will be a great time to meet key staff members, learn more about the new school year and tour our school. In the meantime, I encourage you to take a few minutes to view these What We’re Doing to Protect Everyone’s Health and Well Being While at School, Why In-Person Learning Matters Now More Than Ever and Back-to-School Bus Tour  videos, and visit for the latest back-to-school information in multiple languages.

All of us at Penrose look forward to welcoming students back to school in person on Tuesday, August 31st. Together, if everyone does their part, we can make this a safe and successful school year for everyone! As always, please feel free to reach out to us at :  215 400 8310 with any questions.

Carol Casciato                                                                                                                          Ryan Sullivan

                       Principal                                                                                                                                   Assistant Principal