Welcome Back BPS!
On Monday, April 26, 2021, BPS began 5 days of in-person learning for students in grades K0-8.
On Monday, April 26, 2021, Students in grades K0–12 enrolled at the BPS special education day schools (The Carter School, Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and the McKinley Schools) who opt into full-time in-person learning began 5 days of in-person learning.
On March 15, 2021, BPS sent an email to parents and caregivers to determine if families prefer remote learning or 5 days of in-person learning for their children. Families were asked to complete their forms by March 29, 2021.
Per DESE guidelines, families must select 5-day in-person or remote learning, and the hybrid model will no longer be available for grades K-8 after April 26, 2021. However, we recognize that certain situations, such as sickness or other COVID-related reasons, may require some students to switch to remote attendance for the day. If your child cannot attend in person, please communicate with your child’s school as early as possible with the reason and timeframe for switching to remote learning. Students will still be marked present as long as they meet the attendance requirements for the day, although we cannot guarantee that your child will be with the same class for remote lessons.
BPS families with questions about their learning model preferences should contact their child's school or email email@example.com with their child's name and student ID number.
BPS recently completed welcoming students back to school buildings on the hybrid learning timeline outlined below.
Timeline for Reopening and Phasing Additional Students to In-Person Learning
Monday, February 1, 2021: High Priority students for in-person learning.
Students with high in-person priority include:
- Students with disabilities in substantially separate classrooms
- Students with disabilities in inclusion classrooms with high needs
- Students with disabilities in public day schools
- English Learners who are EL levels 1 and 2
- Students who are in the care of the Department of Children and Families
- Students who are experiencing homelessness
- Students with limited or interrupted formal education
- Students identified by their school’s Student Support Team (SST) as requiring additional in-person schooling
All other students are eligible for two days of instruction each week, with students in Group A in school on Mondays and Tuesdays and students in Group B in school on Thursdays and Fridays. All buildings will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized on Wednesdays, with remote learning for all students.
We are planning to follow this tentative schedule:
Monday, March 1, 2021 & Thursday, March 4, 2021: Students in K0 - Grade 3 (Groups A & B)
Monday, March 15, 2021 & Thursday, March 18, 2021: Students in Grades 4 - 8 (Groups A & B)
Monday, March 29, 2021 & Thursday, April 1, 2021: Students in Grades 9 - 12 (Groups A & B)
As we prepare for our students' return, you can help us by abiding by all public health guidance. Please continue to wear your mask any time you leave your home, wash your hands frequently, stay home if you are not feeling well, and get tested regularly for COVID-19 at any free City of Boston testing site. To find a testing site and for additional COVID-19 information and resources, visit boston.gov/covid.
Click here to read important reopening updates from Supt. Brenda Cassellius.
Check out the latest information about COVID-19 cases at BPS here.
Click here to read important updates from the Supt. Brenda Cassellius concerning reopening school buildings for learning.
Visitors Not Allowed
As a means of keeping students and staff healthy and safe, visitors - including parents or caregivers - will not be allowed to enter BPS school buildings for any purpose other than to drop off or pick up their student(s), all of which will be limited to the school’s administrative space. This prohibition does not apply to BPS staff with a business purpose to be at a school site or vendors necessary for providing school services, though specialized health check procedures may be required. Approval from the staff person’s supervisor or school leader, with respect to vendors, is required and adherence to requirements for masks and physical distancing will be enforced.