32-Year Old Woman Posed as Student at 3 High Schools, Including English High

A former Department of Children and Families employee posed as a student by allegedly falsifying paperwork to attend three Boston high schools, including Jamaica Plain's English High. Boston Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's are investigating the 32-year old woman, whose father has told media outlets that his daughter was in need of mental health help and is receiving it now. Boston Public Schools said the woman attended the Jeremiah E. Burke High School, Brighton High School, and English High School. WCVB reported that the woman graduated from Sharon High School in 2009, earned an undergrad degree at Wheelock College and got her Masters of Education in School Counseling from UMass-Boston in 2016. The woman's alleged charade crashed down at her third high school stop in recent months, at English High, after an unidentified man went to the school and said she would be withdrawing his daughter because of bullying -- but she had just enrolled at the school less than a week before, report WCVB.


BPS Asks Students and Staff to Please Wear Masks for Eight Days

Boston Public Schools Superintendent Mary Skipper sent a letter to the BPS community asking staff and students to wear masks to limit spreading COVID, RSV, and other illnesses, for the first eight days of school in January. "This is our ask and expectation of students and staff, not a mandate—which will be in effect during the school day on school premises and school buses," wrote Skipper. She emphasized that no one will be disciplined or sent home if they refuse to wear a mask. Skipper said the hope is to "maximize our ability to keep students healthy and minimize staff absences during this high-risk period," and that it's a temporary ask for students from Jan. 4 to Jan.