BPS schools reopen amid testing chaos

Boston Public Schools students returned to class Tuesday amid a nationwide rise in COVID cases driven by the highly infectious omicron variant that locally has led to 461 classroom teachers calling in absent.

In all, more than 1,000 school staff were absent Tuesday morning, fueling questions of whether BPS schools would be able to remain open.

“We’ll assess both the health and safety issues presented, as well as presenting the operational issues that we might have or any staffing issues,” Cassellius told reporters Tuesday morning. “We have our central office teams, many of us are licensed teachers, myself included. If I have to go out and teach in a classroom, I’m going to do that. But our goal is to keep classes going and keep students in person.”

BPS Superintendant Brenda Cassellius speaks to reporters as Mayor Michelle Wu looks on. PHOTO:

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