Public schools in Philly looking for an extra pope day off

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  (Photo by Jessica Kourkounis)

(Photo by Jessica Kourkounis)

When Pope Francis comes to town, it could mean three days off from school for Philadelphia students. 

Spokesman Fernando Gallard says the Philadelphia School District is asking the School Reform Commission to approve two days off specifically for the papal visit.

“We have approved a school closure for Friday, September 25th that is part of our calendar, we are actually going to being putting forward to the school reform commission closing Thursday also,” he said.

The district is also closed that Wednesday for Yom Kippur.  Gallard says they are considering closing on the Monday after as well but there is nothing definite yet.

“It might actually be done as we do weather related changes or school closures, we might wait until the night before or the day before,” he said.

The closures are designed to ease traffic congestion by removing yellow buses from the streets.

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