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Thursday, October 08, 2020

Statement from Boston City Councilor and Mayoral Candidate Michelle Wu regarding BPS

 

Statement from Boston City Councilor and Mayoral Candidate Michelle Wu regarding BPS

 

Boston, MA— “From the outset of the coronavirus outbreak, teachers, students, and families have offered recommendations for a reopening plan that prioritizes the health and well-being of our school communities; that centers the disparities in infection rates between neighborhoods and the needs of specific student populations for in-person learning; and that provides needed predictability to allow for families and teachers to make plans under these difficult circumstances. Instead of listening to and learning from those on the frontlines of this crisis, what we have seen is a failure of leadership -- continued tweaks that undermine long-term planning for recovery and risk health and safety. 

 

Although postponing the return of large groups of students to school buildings is safer than the original phasing-in schedule, it is unacceptable that BPS has been overseeing remote learning since March and we still lack clarity and predictability about the larger plan. Today’s announcement suggests a reversal of previous safety guidance. Teachers and families must be part of decision-making, and administrators must be accountable to prioritizing the safety and health of school communities.”

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