CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — About 160 students at the Putnam Avenue Upper School returned for in-person, full-time learning on Wednesday morning.
The building is far from full, according to Superintendent Kenneth Salim. Districtwide, about one-third of Cambridge students have chosen to go in-person, Salim added.
“This has been a really funny year,” Salim said. “We’ve had multiple sorts of beginnings of school, but this is an exciting day. A lot of great energy in the school, really excited to welcome back our middle school students.”
Elementary students have been in school full-time since the start of April.
School districts have known about Wednesday’s deadline for middle schoolers returning for some time, but on Tuesday found out about the state’s May 17 deadline for high schools.
If given a waiver, schools can push the date back, but the school year ends in June, giving little time to further delay in-person learning.
In Cambridge, high school students are scheduled to return on May 10, one week ahead of the state deadline.
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