All public school instruction in Boston will be remote starting Thursday, following a rise in Covid-19 cases, according to a statement released Wednesday by Boston Public Schools.
The statement cited a 5.7% seven-day Covid-19 positivity rate for the city of Boston, up from last week's rate of 4.5%.
“We have said all along that we will only provide in-person learning for students if the data and public health guidance supports it, and this new data shows that we are trending in the wrong direction,” said Mayor Marty Walsh in a statement
The decision comes less than a week after the district announced that it was delaying in-person instruction.
“I am heartbroken that today we have to close our doors to our highest need students," Superintendent Brenda Cassellius was quotes as saying. "Our families are desperate for these services for their children, many of whom are non-verbal and unable to use technology in the home."
On Twitter Wednesday morning, Cassellius said she was "disheartened."
"It is the adults who create the conditions in which children succeed," she wrote. "We must do better. Please wear a mask, avoid large gatherings & stay home if sick so we can bring our children back to school."
In-person instruction will resume when infection rates fall for two straight weeks, according to the district.