Students return to BPS buildings amid uncertainty

Limited in-school instruction resumed last week as Boston Public Schools welcomed students with special needs back to classrooms, the first step in a phased approach the district is taking toward bringing students back to school buildings.

Ellis school 5th-grader Edward Velazquez speaks to reporters on his rst day back in the school building. BANNER PHOTO

Ellis school 5th-grader Edward Velazquez speaks to reporters on his rst day back in the school building. BANNER PHOTO

The resumption of some in-person classes happened as the number of COVID-19 cases is rising again in Boston and across the state after dropping to its lowest point in June. While school officials have set a 4 percent positive test rate for Boston residents as a trigger for closing in-person learning, Boston’s positive test rate spiked to 3.9 by last week.

The increased COVID positivity rates and the district’s


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