• The preparation and planning by Boston Public Schools followed guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Schools which released guidance in mid-June. 

    The guidelines included:

    1. The safe return of as many students as possible to school buildings
    2. A set of health and safety requirements for learning in schools, grounded in the most up-to-date scientific literature with expert medical advisors
    3. A reopening plan that addresses three options available to districts, which are in-school learning, at-home learning, and a combination of the two 
    The items listed below in each of the three categories are based on current thinking
    and formed by our ongoing conversations. 


    In School

    Hybrid Learning


    At Home

    At Home

    • Buildings and buses cleaned and sanitized every day
    • Social distancing throughout all buildings
    • Masks for students and staff
    • Classroom supplies and locker safety
    • Teacher schedules
    • Cafeterias closed
    • Lunch held in classrooms

    In-School Guidelines, plus

    • Classes live online vs recorded classes
    • Schedules for teachers
    • Schedules for students
    • Communications with families
    • Schedules set with clear guidelines and instructions
    • Master schedules for Remote Learning
    • Communications about expectations for remote learning
    • Access for students of Chromebooks, Wifi, and school supplies
    • Access for free meals