Frequently Asked Questions

Many answers to your questions can be found on the School District of Philadelphia's website, Penn Alexander School's website, and on the website for Office of Family and Community Engagement (FACE).  If you are unable to find your answers, contact your child's teacher or the school Principal.



  • Where can I find out about school closures and half days? SDP Academic Calendar
  • What is the dress code? Dress Code
  • What is my child's schedule? School Schedule
  • Is breakfast and lunch offered to all students for free? Yes
  • What is the breakfast and lunch menu? Food Services
  • What should I do in case of bad weather? Inclement Weather
    • For arrival on inclement weather days, students who are eating breakfast should report to the lunchroom no earlier than 8 AM. Students who are not eating breakfast should report to the locations below at 8:25 AM. Mrs. Talbert will direct students to the correct location. Teachers will pick up their classes from these locations:
      - KGR: drop-off at lunchroom doors and staff will assist them to the gym.
      - 1-3GR: lunchroom
      - 4GR: hallway outside lunchroom
      - 5-8GR: atrium steps via main entrance door
    • For dismissal on inclement weather days, students will line up in the locations listed below. Mrs. Talbert will direct parents and students to the correct location. Students attending afterschool programs report to the atrium steps.
      - KGR: hallway outside lunchroom
      - 1-3GR: lunchroom
      - 4GR: hallway outside lunchroom
      - 5-8GR: main entrance fire tower stairs
  • Is attendance really important? Attendance & Truancy
  • What specials are offered? PAS Specialists
  • Where can I find information about my child's Chromebook? Student Chromebooks
    • Students should bring in their Chromebooks everyday, unless told otherwise by the teacher.
  • What behavior is expected of my child? Student Code of Conduct
  • What school supplies does my child need? School Supply List
  • Where do I go if I need to pick up my child early? Head to the Main Entrance and buzz. No early dismissals are allowed after 2:45 PM.
  • How can I receive the ePony communication? Sign Up for an account.


Choosing Your School

  • Where can I find information about enrolling my future kindergartener? Kindergarten Enrollment
  • How can I find out if I live in the Penn Alexander School catchment? Catchment Zone
  • What if I have a question about enrollment or the waiting list? Call the office at 215-400-7760
  • Where can I find information about choosing a school outside of my catchment zone? School Selection
  • For whom is Penn Alexander School named? Read about Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander and The Penn Partnership



Safety Concerns

Health Concerns

Literary Resources

Community Resources

Penn Alexander Groups

What is the difference between Equity Circle vs. SAC vs. HSA? 

  • Equity Circle: for making sure PAS is inclusive and supportive to all families
  • School Advisory Council (SAC): for supporting school improvement and academic achievement
  • Home & School Association (HSA): for communicating, fundraising, and volunteering in order to support and celebrate the PAS community




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