Boston Public Schools students start new school year on Monday

BOSTON, Mass. (WCVB) – Boston Public Schools is begining the 2020-21 academic year on Monday under an all-remote learning model.The majority of the 53,000 students across the district’s 125 schools already have Chromebooks and internet service. Those who do not will be receiving them soon.

Most students will sign on at 8 a.m., the same time they would normally start class if they were attending in-person.

Dr. Brenda Cassellius, the superintendent of Boston Public Schools, spoke about the challenges of getting ready for the new school year with NewsCenter 5.

“When I closed the doors with the mayor this past March 17, I thought that was going to be hardest decision I ever had to make. Reopening them is 100-fold harder, and more challenging and difficult,” Cassellius said. “There’s just so many complexities that go into the decision, whether it’s facilities, transportation and getting kids to and from (the buildings) in a way (while) still ensuring social distancing.”

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh shared the following message to Boston Public Schools students on his Twitter account Sunday night:

“To all of the students out there, please know that it’s OK to feel nervous or uncertain. Nothing about 2020 has felt normal, but remember that your city and your mayor have your back, and we’re here for you.”

In October, students are expected to begin returning to classrooms in waves using a hybrid model, depending on grade level and academic needs.

Under the plan, highest need students will be the first to transition to a hybrid model beginning on Oct. 1.

Preschoolers and kindergartners would report to school the week of Oct. 15. Students in grades 1-3 would follow, the week of Oct. 22.

Grades 4-8 will transition to a hybrid model the week of Nov. 5, and grades 9-12 the week of Nov. 16.

The district is planning for students to learn in-person two days a week and then learn remotely the other three days of the school week under the hybrid model.

Under the plan, parents have the option to opt their children out of in-person learning, Walsh said.


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