Figuring out how to start the 2020-21 school year is one of the most important, and difficult, decisions that I’ve ever made. We have to contain COVID-19 and keep our communities safe. At the same time, kids need to get back into school – especially the many kids with deep needs.
On Friday, we announced that we are moving forward with a cautious, responsible, phased-in plan to start the new school year in the Boston Public Schools. This approach will give us time to assess health data before each step, and it will allow us to address learning needs and opportunity gaps—in person and by providing extra help for students learning online.