Boston Public Schools releases preliminary back-to-school plans

The district ruled out full in-person learning to start school year

BOSTON — Boston Public Schools will approach learning very differently when school starts this fall.

The school district will reopen school remotely for all students, and has ruled out full in-person learning, Boston Public Schools Superintendent Brenda Cassellius said in a new report.

“The upcoming school year will look and feel different than any we have previously experienced. Never before have we started a school year in the midst of a global health crisis,” Cassellius said.


The district will also reopen school “in a hybrid learning model through which students alternate between returning to school buildings and continuing to learn remotely,” according to the report, titled “School Reopening Fall 2020, Draft 1, RETURNING BOSTON STRONG.”

“We have not yet made a final decision regarding which of these options is best for the students of the Boston Public Schools. We continue to monitor local health data and will be guided by the advice of our public health officials,” the report states.

The decision comes as schools across the country are grappling with sending students back to school amidst the coronavirus pandemic, which led to early school closures in March.

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“We have decided that BPS will not reopen this fall with all of our students gathered in our school buildings together at the same time,” the report states.

Science will drive the decision, the report states.

“BPS will only reopen our school buildings to students and staff if and when the Boston Public Health Commission determines it is safe to do so given its constant monitoring of public health metrics,” the report states.

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