Whether the Philadelphia Eagles win or lose Super Bowl LVII, students from at least one South Jersey school district will have a reason to celebrate the next morning.
With the Eagles set to play the Kansas City Chiefs in the Big Game on Sunday, February 12, the Gloucester City school district is planning for a two-hour delay on Monday, February 13. Gloucester City, located in Camden County, is less than 8 miles from Philadelphia, making it a hotbed for Eagles fans, much like other parts of South Jersey.
The Walt Whitman Bridge separates the three-school district—which includes Cold Springs School, Gloucester Middle School and Gloucester High School—from the Eagles’ home, Lincoln Financial Field.
“It is a rare and special time for families to watch our local professional football team compete in the Super Bowl,” the Gloucester City school district wrote in a message to parents, per the township’s Patch website. “We feel that it’s important to give students and staff the opportunity to enjoy the game with their families and still attend school and work the next day safely and well-rested.”
While schools and employers across the country typically deal with tardiness and absences after the Super Bowl—especially in areas with a vested rooting interest—Gloucester City students and educators won’t need an excuse after watching quarterbacks Jalen Hurts and Patrick Mahomes duel in Glendale, Arizona. The game kicks off at 6:30 pm.
Eagles fans have become notorious for their celebrations after significant wins—grease won’t stop them from climbing poles—so some districts in the Philadelphia area have also announced delays. That includes the Quakertown Community School District (Bucks County) and Wissahickon School District (Montgomery County).
“Fly Eagles Fly,” Quakertown Superintendent Bill Harner wrote on social media when he announced the delay on Thursday.
The Eagles last appeared in and won the Super Bowl in 2018. Several South Jersey school districts, in addition to those in Pennsylvania, canceled classes for the team’s celebratory parade that year.
Perhaps another Eagles championship will lead to another day off in the Philly–South Jersey area.
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