The federal and state government, along with city officials, including our current and past Mayor and City Councilors, have made significant investments in BPS. We plan to use these resources to invest in our students and schools. Upon return to school, students and families can expect:
- Increased access to social workers and family liaisons
- High-quality compensatory services for students with disabilities
- Increased access to translation services and multilingual digital libraries
- More access to books, materials, and resources
- Expanded Pre-K seats across the city
- Opportunities to engage with digital literacy platforms to support and enhance literacy and language instruction
- Extended learning time in many schools
In addition, schools were allocated funds for academic, social-emotional, and operational supports tailored to the unique needs of their communities. Principals will be collaborating with their school communities to determine how best to invest these funds through October 1, 2021.
We will focus on equitable literacy across the Pre-K-12 system. This multi-year initiative will touch every educator, irrespective of content, school, and central office leader. We must deliver on a promise of dramatically improved literacy outcomes and opportunities for our students and ensure every student becomes a strong and proficient reader and writer. We will focus our time and attention on providing students access to complex and engaging texts, especially ensuring that we center BIPOC authors. In addition, we must afford our students opportunities and instruction on how to discuss and write from complex text. BPS students are brilliant. We will provide our students with the opportunities to liberate their brilliance by affording them engaging, rigorous, and rich literacy experiences across our Pre-K-12 system. To support this focus, we will also increase access to Multilingual Digital Libraries, school-based libraries, and Boston Public Library Digital Library cards.