With schools closed, who’s feeding livestock at Philly’s agricultural school?

Sheep at W.B. Saul School.
Photo credit Mike DeNardo/KYW Newsradio
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — While schools are closed for the coronavirus, who's feeding the livestock at Philadelphia's agricultural high school in Roxborough? 

At W.B. Saul High School, the classrooms are empty, but the barns are full.

"We've got a livestock center full of ewes and now baby lambs, because lambing season just happened,” said Saul principal Alexa Dunn. 

Agriculture is a round-the-clock effort, said Dunn. And even though schools are closed until further notice, the sheep and cows and horses still need care. Without students on campus, she said a dozen Saul teachers are taking turns doing the feeding.

"We put together a schedule of a staff rotation to perform animal and plant care seven days a week, so that we can maintain the safety and well-being of both people and animals here at Saul,” Dunn explained. 

She said staffers also take turns monitoring the "Filly Cam" and "Ewe Tube," which are webcams to keep an eye on the animals between feedings. 

When it comes to academics, Dunn said her teachers and students plan to connect online using apps such as Google Hangouts through district-issued Chromebooks until whenever the students and animals can be together again.