Public schools in Boston will start the year remotely on Sept. 21 with a phased in approach to returning students to the classroom, Mayor Marty Walsh said Friday.
“This approach will give us time to assess health data before every single step with the Boston Public Health Commission," he said. "It will allow us to address learning needs and opportunity gaps in person and in providing extra help for students learning online. In every step families have a choice whether to opt into a hybrid learning system or stay fully remote."
The mayor also explained why the city made the decision to start the school year remotely.
“We feel this is the best approach to educate our children. It created a staggered approach for students to return to the classroom in a safe and careful way. It’s the best way to tackle the opportunity gaps in our city,” Walsh said.
As of yesterday, Boston had 31 new cases of Covid-19 for a total of 15,018 cases.