• Boston Public Schools started the school year with all remote learning on September 21. We then welcomed students with High In-Person Priority on October 1. Approximately 1,300 students are attending schools on a daily basis. For more information on our work to prepare buildings for in-person learning, the schedule for students returning to schools, and our health and safety protocols visit www.bostonpublicschools.org/bpsready. Visit the Boston Public Health Commission for more information on the City of Boston's overall COVID rates.

BPHC Letter - October 7, 2020

  • BPHC letter Dr. Brenda Cassellius, Superintendent
    Boston Public Schools
    Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building
    2300 Washington Street, 5th Floor
    Roxbury, Massachusetts 02119

    October 7, 2020

    Dear Superintendent,

    Cassellius Today, the Boston Public Health Commission determined that schools can reopen and continue offering in-person learning to the high priority students with their teachers and other staff on site. We will continue to monitor the data and our Boston-specific metrics to assess if additional restrictions are needed or if the spread is too great to continue in-person education for the high priority students. It is important to remember that the 4% positivity rate metric is a conservative approach, lower than that advised by state, federal, and other agencies, and was established in the context of bringing back all students in the hybrid model.

    Please do not hesitate to contact us if you should have any questions or need additional guidance.


    Rita L. Nieves, RN, MPH, LICSW
    Interim Executive Director
    Boston Public Health Commission 

    Jennifer J. Lo, MD
    Medical Director
    Boston Public Health Commission

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