Welcome back for the 2019-20 school year! We are thrilled to see you! We hope you enjoyed your summer break, had a chance to relax, have fun, and learn new things. In the Boston Public Schools (BPS), we know that all students can succeed. With a record-high high school graduation rate and top-performing schools, BPS takes pride in offering all students equal access to a high-quality education — regardless of race, immigration or socioeconomic status — in a safe, welcoming, and sustaining environment.
Please know that all of us in the Boston Public Schools and the City of Boston — from the teachers to the food service workers to the bus drivers — are here for you! If you need anything, just ask.
Important Update! The first day of school for UP Academy Boston, UP Academy Dorchester and UP Academy Holland is Wednesday, August 21.
The first day of school for grades 1-12 in all other Boston public schools is Thursday, September 5.
The first day of school for grades K0-K2 is Monday, September 9.
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> Begin shifting your student’s sleeping routines several days before school starts. Go to bed earlier and wake up earlier than you normally would during the summer. And, make sure you decrease screen time before going to bed.
> Review your student’s bus stop location, route assignment, and pick-up times. Bookmark the Where’s My Bus app on your smartphone to track the real-time location of your student’s bus.
> Before the first day of school, make sure the school administrator(s) have your correct contact information, including the current home address, phone number, and email address for anyone listed as your student’s emergency contact. The parent & student agreement form can be filled out online at www.bostonpublicschools.org/contact.
> For students in lower grades, write the student’s name, the parent/guardian name, address, phone number, and name of the school on the back of an index card or tag and secure this inside the child’s backpack. Also label jackets, hats, lunchboxes, and other items that will be brought to school with your student’s name and grade.
> Make copies of documentation of your student’s most recent physical examination and immunizations that will be shared with the school nurse or administrator.
> Organize all summer learning assignments, such as reading logs or math packets, before the first day of school.
> Supply lists vary by school. If you have a question about your students’ supply list, please call the main phone number of your school. School listings are found here.