ByMayor Martin J. Walsh and Superintendent Brenda Cassellius |
From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping Boston’s families safe, healthy, and equitably supported has been our top priority. That’s why we made the tough but necessary decision to close Boston Public Schools buildings in March. In a matter of days, we began distributing Chromebooks and WiFi hotspots to students, we set up meal sites to continue feeding tens of thousands of students and families, and we transitioned to fully remote learning. It was an all-hands-on-deck effort, and one we kept up while planning the upcoming school year. We are still facing uncertainty from coronavirus, but the values that guide us are unchanged.
All Boston Public School students will begin remote learning for the school year on September 21, and report back to school in phases. On Friday, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, Boston Public Schools (BPS) Superintendent Brenda Cassellius, and Boston Chief of Health and Human Services Marty Martinez, announced BPS' plan for the year. “This plan was developed with the input of families, educators and public health experts, and every step will follow science and public health data," said Walsh. "For many of our students, school is not just a place to learn, but also a place for nutritious meals, care and mentoring, and social development. Throughout the school year and beyond, we will continue the work that began long before COVID-19: to close opportunity and achievement gaps, and give every single child the quality education that they deserve.”
Students with the highest need will start in a hybrid model on Oct.
The St. Sebastian’s School graduated 68 students at its 76th Commencement Exercises on July 30, 2020. Jamaica Plain resident Kristian A. Rosario, who will attend Tufts University, was among the graduating students.. He was also a recipient of The St. Sebastian's Scholar Award, presented to the graduates who have received a yearly average of B or higher in every course every year.
Several Jamaica Plain students earn honor roll at the St. Sebastian's School. The following students were named to the fourth quarter and second semester honor rolls under the following categories: High Honors (A- or above in all subjects), Honors with Distinction (B or above in all subjects), Honors (B- or above in all subjects) and Effort (Marks of 1 or 2 in all subjects, 4th quarter only). Students from Jamaica Plain include:
Michael J. Kalinichenko, Grade 9, High Honors, High Honors, Effort
Maxim D. Kalinichenko, Grade 7, High Honors, High Honors, Effort
Kristian A. Rosario, Grade 12, Honors with Distinction
Luis E. Sosa Espinal, Grade 7, Honors with Distinction, Honors with Distinction, Effort
Boston Scores, one of Boston Public School’s largest afterschool programs, has committed to distribute up to 5,000 non-surgical face masks to the students and families they serve. With the donation of masks, Jamaica Plain based Boston Scores is helping to meet one of the community’s most pressing health needs. Many of the students that Boston Scores serve live in family and community circumstances that are highly vulnerable: they lack financial security for unexpected expenses, they do not possess affordable and accessible healthcare, and they have few options to proactively minimize the economic and health risks of this pandemic. With PPE equipment in short supply, Boston Scores was able to reallocate a portion of its operating funding to purchase more than 5,000 masks to help its students and families to safely go outdoors, run errands and pursue other essential activities. The offer has been greatly appreciated by the community and more than half of the masks have already been allocated to schools and community partners in Roxbury and surrounding neighborhoods.