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    (updated 6/8/22, 4:00 pm)

    Updated information regarding student and staff masking in schools.

    (updated 3/14/22, 9:00 am)

    Updated information regarding the Home Health Checklist.

    (updated 3/4/22, 4:00 pm)

    Updated information regarding Student Testing methods & At-Home Testing.

    (updated 2/8/22, 11:30 am)

    Updated Quarantine and Isolation Guidance for students.

    (updated 1/19/22, 3:15 pm)

    Check out our new "COVID-19 Decision-Making Flowchart."



    (updated 1/10/22, 11:30 am)  

    A message from the Superintendent:


    I have been following the news about the masks provided by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), and I want you to know that BPS takes the claims very seriously. We are ordering masks for staff recommended by the Boston Public Health Commission and the same ones worn by Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) in the City of Boston. We partnered with the Boston Teachers Union to review these masks this past week. This order has been placed and will be delivered as soon as the masks are in our possession. We will provide you with a specific date once the vendor provides us with the delivery schedule. We plan to give these masks in times of surge for our staff and medical-grade surgical masks for students whenever we deploy surge protocols. In the meantime, school staff is to use the blue medical masks provided by BPS at the recommendation of BPHC for students over the next two weeks. 


    We have also heard your advocacy on a few key issues regarding COVID testing. We are looking at our options, including expanding access to test-and-stay, increasing the frequency of pool testing, and continuing to advocate for an opt-out approach. We submitted a surge request to DESE asking for support and adjustments to our testing program. We don't have answers from DESE yet but will update the community with these, so please continue to check your email frequently. 


    It will be cold this week, but we want to remind you that one window per classroom is opened three to four inches using an air purifier, and BPHC advises an open door to help with the airflow. You do not need to open more than one window three to four inches. The heat in all buildings is set to 76 degrees. For any adjustments to temperatures, building staff should contact the facilities department's environmental division. As a reminder, we have indoor air-quality sensors monitoring air quality and temperatures in classrooms. The environmental team is constantly monitoring and supporting where indicated and is making necessary adjusts. 

    One other update:

    • We have made the difficult decision to continue the current pause in athletics that started during the winter break. We will continue to monitor the situation and make decisions in consultation with BPHC.



    (updated 1/7/22, 2:30 pm) 

    Winter Illness Update letter from BPS Health Services

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    (updated 1/6/22, 2:30 pm)  

    For all updates on quarantining protocols, please visit this page.



    (updated 1/3/22, 8:30 am)  

    Boston Public Schools hopes that all students and staff had a safe and restful winter break and that your new year is off to a great start.

    Before Winter Recess, we shared a letter with our BPS community outlining additional COVID-19 safety and mitigation measures in schools, all of which were recently added to our existing health and safety protocols.

    As we prepare to return to school on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, we are sharing a few reminders. We all have a role to play in keeping ourselves and each other safe and healthy in schools.


    Monday, January 3, 2022:

    Students, please take one of the at-home tests provided to you before leaving for the winter break.

    BPS asks students and staff to inform your school leader if you receive a positive test result. 

    You DO NOT have to report a result if it is negative.


    Tuesday, January 4, 2022:

    All students and staff should complete the Home Health Checklist before returning to their school building. We urge all students and staff to please stay home if they are feeling sick or experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19. 


    A Reminder about International Travel

    As we communicated before the break, if your student(s) traveled outside of the country during Winter Recess, they will be required to follow CDC guidelines, which includes instructions for testing or quarantining as follows:

    All air passengers 2 years or older on a flight heading to the US from another country are required to: 

    • Show a negative COVID-19 viral test result taken no more than 1 day before traveling back to the US or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days before they board their flight. 
    • Get tested with a COVID-19 PCR test 3-5 days after traveling (the City offers access to testing here)

    If your student(s) is NOT Fully Vaccinated:


    Updated Guidance from Federal and State Public Health Officials:

    The Boston Public Health Commission is reviewing the new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH). We will communicate updates later in the week.


    Vaccines and Testing: 

    All Boston Public Schools staff are required to comply with the City of Boston's new vaccination verification program. We also encourage all students aged 5 and up to get vaccinated. Those who are fully vaccinated and eligible to receive a booster shot should do so. For more information on the vaccine, where to find a vaccination clinic, and to watch the "Ask A Doctor" vaccine info session, please visit

    We are in the process of delivering at-home tests for staff and masks to schools throughout the day today.

    As a reminder, the City of Boston has lists of free COVID-19 testing sites posted on its website here.

    Finally, please continue to check back here for updates and visit this page for a review of our health and safety protocols.