Boston schools re-open as many opt for remote

After considerable pressure from the state to reopen, Boston Public Schools is following through on its plan to send kids into classrooms this week. School buildings were closed due to a snowstorm on Monday and Tuesday but were scheduled to open Wednesday.

The revised reopening schedule was finalized Jan. 11, when BPS and the Boston Teachers Union agreed to start phasing in students on Feb 1. The parties did not agree on a threshold to send students home, unlike the original plan, which shut schools down at a 5% COVID-19 positivity rate in the city. BPS now relies on protocols from the Boston Public Health Commission, which considers transmission low in schools.

The Boston Public Schools Health Services reopening planning document does require Boston to stay in the green or yellow zone in order to have in-person learning.

“In order for our school district to reopen and stay open, the

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