State law requires 180 days of education for Massachusetts students, but most BPS high-school kids really only get 175. At my daughter's school, finals were last week, so the kids are spending this week watching movies in classes (she reports she saw parts of "Gattaca" and "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" yesterday).
Of course, this is nothing unique to this year - it's been going on forever. But it is especially stupid and even cruel this year, when kids who can't simply skip the entire week (because they were out sick earlier in the year and are bumping up against their limits for absences) have to try to survive extreme heat and humidity in buildings with no air conditioning that were locked tight over a hot weekend.
Some kids have it even worse because they suddenly had to find new ways to get to school. BPS contracts with the MBTA to provide direct bus service to many high schools (leading to things such as 34 buses marked "Humboldt and Townsend" going down Hyde Park Avenue). But it seems nobody at BPS told the T that the school year would be ending this week instead of last (due to snow days and one hurricane day) and so the T stopped this "supplemental" service on Friday. When did BPS notify students? Monday afternoon (at least, at our daughter's school). And parents? They were notified Tuesday morning.