School starts next week. Are we ready?

With lingering concerns over air filtration, mask use, social distancing and testing and tracking, Boston Public Schools (BPS) parents and staff are still trying to get their feet underneath them and understand what measures are in place to keep students safe from the spread of COVID-19 in the classroom as kids prepare to return to school in person.

“I am feeling reluctant, I am feeling afraid, just because we’ve been hearing lately that the cases that have been coming up lately are breakthrough cases and are in children under 12,” said Suleika Soto, a BPS parent and parent organizer for the Boston Education Justice Alliance (BEJA).

In BPS, first graders through high school seniors are due back in classrooms Sept. 9; pre-k and kindergarten students are set to return Sept. 13. Shadowing all the district’s preparations for their return is Aug. 16 guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and


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