Philadelphia Students Back In Class At Temporary Buildings Following Asbestos At 2 Schools

Core IN PHILADELPHIA, THIS IS CBS3 “EYEWITNESS NEWS.” NOW AT NOON A THOUSAND PHILADELPHIA STUDENTS ARE FINALLY BACK IN CLASS AFTER MISSING SCHOOL BECAUSE OF ASBESTOS CONCERNS. GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE, I’M JIM DONOVAN. I’M JANELLE BURRELL. CRYSTAL CRAN MORE SPOKE WITH SOME OF THE EXCITED STUDENT AND THEIR FRUSTRATED PARENTS. Reporter: AFTER MORE THAN A WEEK OFF FROM SCHOOL, SOME 300 BEN FRANKLIN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS STARTED THEIR FIRST DAY BACK TO CLASS IN THEIR NEW HOME. HOME AT LEAST FOR NOW. BEN FRANKLIN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS RECEIVED A WARM WELCOME AS THEY FILED INTO THE FORMER KHEPERA CHARTER SCHOOL MONDAY. PARENTS AND THEIR CHILDREN RELIEVED TO RETURN TO SOME SENSE OF NORMALCY. I Demand TO BE IN A SCHOOL LEARNING. Reporter: Students AND STAFF WERE FORCED OUT OF THEIR SCHOOL FOR MORE THAN A WEEK DUE TO ASBESTOS CONCERNS.THE DISCOVERY COMING AT THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AFTER AN UPGRADE TO THE SITE. LEARNING HASN’T STOPPED. Students ARE STILL UTILIZING VIRTUAL LEARNING. Reporter: DISTRICT LEADERS SAY THE TEMPORARY RELOCATION PLAN WAS DEVELOPED WITH THE COMMUNITIES’ COMMUTE IN MIND. MANY STUDENTS ROUTE UTILIZE THE BROAD STREET LINE. Reporter: FOR SOME Parents OF BEN FRANKLIN STUDENTS IT WAS A SMOOTH TRANSITION. IT’S NOT THAT BAD OF A COMMUTE. Reporter: STILL A TRANSITION THEY FEEL SHOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED AT THE START OF THE SCHOOL YEAR. THEY KNEW THESE RENOVATIONS WERE TAKING PLACE QUITE SOME TIME AGO AND YOU HAD ALL SUMMER AND EVERYTHING SO I DON’T UNDERSTAND EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED.Reporter: WHILE STUDENTS WORRY ABOUT MAKING UP CLASSES,. IT’S NOT OUR FAULT THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AIN’T DO WHAT THEY HAD TO DO ON TIME. Reporter: THE SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS APOLOGIZED FOR UNDERESTIMATING THE CONSTRUCTION PLANS. WE Craved TO WORK AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE TO MAKE THIS RIGHT. Reporter: THE Students WILL STAY AT THEIR TEMPORARY LOCATIONS UNTIL CONSTRUCTION IS COMPLETE AT THE BEN FRANKLIN SLA CAMPUS. DISTRICT OFFICIALS TELLING US THEY HOPE TO HAVE THE CAMPUS REOPENED SOMETIME IN JANUARY ..

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