Somerville says school reopening will happen in phases

Somerville says school reopening will happen in phases

BOSTON — The city of Somerville says students won't return to school in person fulltime this fall.

Somerville is taking matters into its own hands when it comes to returning to school this fall.

“One thing we are taking off the table is a return in the fall – full time – for all students to come. We looked at it, we do not believe it’s safe,” said Superintendent Mary Skipper.

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The city says its schools will utilize both hybrid and remote learning.

“Right now we’re looking at two different types of hybrids. One will be a week on, a week off and one is where we call a cohort 1 and cohort b where students will come on Monday, Tuesday and then everyone will be fully remote on Wednesday and then kids will come on Thursday, Friday,” said Skipper.

School leaders say back-to-school will be different depending on student and family needs.

“We’ll be looking at the needs, the individual needs – whether it’s in special programing – the ages of kids – how do you bring them back – it will not look the same for every student at every point.”

The district says it learned several lessons from remote learning this past spring.

Now, school liaisons are working to provide families with the tools they need for remote learning.

“We’re working with experts, studying the best data and science, searching for solutions, setting our standards high,” Mayor Joseph Curtatone.

Somerville plans to hold four virtual town hall meetings before making a final decision.

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