BPS students question in-school instruction push

The Boston Teachers Union have come to yet another agreement with the Boston School Committee on how to reopen schools in 2021, and Boston Public Schools Superintendent Brenda Cassellius and Boston Teachers Union President Jessica Tang have both expressed that they want students back in school as soon as it is safe.

But some students who testified at the Jan. 13 School Committee meeting expressed doubts about their schools’ capacity to safely accommodate students, citing CDC guidelines.

Transmission in schools is low, but safety is not guaranteed, student representative Khymani James pointed out.

He presented the CDC’s “indicators and thresholds for risk of introduction and transmission of COVID-19 in schools,” a table that specifies the lowest-to-highest-risk situations schools could be in based on the number of COVID-19 cases in surrounding communities.

According to the table, schools with the highest risk of transmission are located in communities with greater than

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