Effective Thursday, all Boston Public Schools are suspending in-person learning due to a jump in COVID-19 positive test results. The city’s seven-day average COVID-19 positive test rate was reported at 5.7%, an increase from last week’s rate of 4.5%, according to Boston Public Schools (BPS) press release. All students will receive remote education until there are two full weeks of falling infection rates. “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 Martin Walsh. “We will continue to monitor the metrics and work towards our goal of welcoming students back into our classrooms, learning among their peers, supported and educated by our dedicated staff.”
BPS officials made the decision in consultation with public health officials, and reviewing data that showed two weeks of increased confirmed positive cases across all of Boston.
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.
Boston Public Schools has extended the deadline for the Second Priority Registration Period due to closures from the Coronavirus.
Students in K2, and all other grades, may register for the 2020-2021 school year by pre-registering online at https://sis.mybps.org, and scheduling an appointment to complete the process. You can also call and register via phone with one of our registration specialists. To schedule an appointment please visit https://booknow.appointment-plus.com or call the BPS Welcome Center at 617-635-9010. This information was provided by the Boston Public School district.
John F. Kennedy (JFK) Elementary School in Jamaica Plain is excited to host its first fundraising event at The Frogmore Restaurant on Tuesday, April 7. The school is inviting neighbors, families and friends to help support a new K-5 yoga program!
A $5 suggested entry fee (which includes appetizers) can be given at the door or purchased online at: www.eventbrite.com/e/jfk-elementary-fundraiser-at-frogmore-recaudacion-de-fondos-en-frogmore-tickets-99223846195.
At the JFK Fundraiser, guests will also enjoy craft beer and cocktails, a silent auction, and speeches by Principal Dr. Christine Copeland and special guest State Representative Nika Elugardo.
All donations will go towards a new yoga program for JFK students in grades K-5 with a local non-profit facilitator.
As David Mays walked through the snow-covered Central Woods of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University last month, gazing at the red oaks and the eastern white pines, the 17-year-old wondered if trees alone can save the planet. “Are trees the only thing that will stop global warming?” Mays asked. “How many should we plant before we graduate? I want to support humans, nature, and save the Earth.”
Mays was one of 25 high school students from the Boston Day and Evening Academy in Roxbury learning about forest ecology, carbon’s role in ecosystems, and how trees mitigate climate change at a special program at the Arboretum. Designed as part of Boston Public School’s biology curriculum, the two-day experience let students conduct hands-on fieldwork in the landscape and engage with Harvard researchers in interactive panel discussions about climate change.