Philly schools consider less screen time for younger students learning remotely

Kindergarten class over Zoom
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By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Before the virtual school year began, the School District of Philadelphia said it would limit kindergarten students to two hours of screen time a day. 

It turns out, even that may be too long.

“Our youngest learners just cannot — even with the breaks that are already in — the amount of time in front of a screen is just too much,” said Superintendent William Hite.

The district is planning to modify the school day for students in kindergarten, first and second grades. 

“We are looking at making those adjustments,” Hite added. “I can’t quantify what those adjustments are. It may be more breaks in between. It may be a shorter day. It may be a shorter time that those young people are engaging in synchronous instruction.”

The changes are being considered after teachers and parents provided feedback from monitoring their kids’ remote learning, according to Hite.​