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By adamg - 11/21/21 - 9:48 pm

The Curley School in Jamaica Plain is scheduled to re-open for classes tomorrow for the first time in ten days, after school and Boston public-health officials ordered it shut to try to get a handle on a Covid-19 outbreak.

By adamg - 11/12/21 - 8:59 pm

In e-mail to Curley K-8 School parents today, Principal Katie Grass said that 17 more people who spent time in the Jamaica Plain school have tested positive for Covid-19 since Tuesday, when officials announced 46 cases over the prior three weeks and shut the school for ten days to try to get the situation under control. Read more.

By adamg - 11/12/21 - 1:05 pm

WBZ reports state education Secretary Jeffrey Riley has ruled that students at the Curley School in Jamaica Plain will have to make up three days of in-class learning because school and Boston officials decided to close the school to combat a Covid-19 outbreak without getting final permission from the state. Read more.

By adamg - 11/12/21 - 10:53 am

The parents of three special-needs students are suing both their communities and the state for the harm they say was done to their children in the way schools suddenly switched to online education in March, 2020 and in the way they say their schools did nothing to help provide the special teaching and assistance the children needed to work online. Read more.

By adamg - 11/11/21 - 9:07 am

Boston Parents Schoolyard News reports on a new BPS-wide parents group:

As COVID outbreaks proliferate, parents from more than a dozen schools have gotten together to demand that the BPS administration ramp up efforts to stop COVID spread.

Curley School shut for ten days due to Covid-19 outbreak.

By adamg - 11/10/21 - 10:07 am

In less than 24 hours, with just a couple of posts in the Hyde Park neighborhood Facebook group, Marc Lavine to pay for a free ice-cream cone with a topping for any kid under 12 who shows up at Ron's Gourmet Ice Cream and 20th Century Bowling Bowling on Hyde Park Avenue with proof of vaccination. Read more.

By adamg - 11/9/21 - 8:44 pm
Cassellius and Grassa

Cassellius listens as Curley principal Katie Grassa addresses parents.

BPS and Boston public-health officials said tonight Covid-19 exploded so fast at the Curley K-8 School in Jamaica Plain over the last three weeks that they couldn't keep up - and decided this afternoon the best course would be to shut the school for ten days. Read more.

By adamg - 11/9/21 - 2:13 pm

The Curley School on Centre Street in Jamaica Plain will shut for ten days, starting tomorrow, due to an outbreak of Covid-19 across "multiple grade levels and classrooms over the last week," school Principal Katie Grassa informed parents today. Read more.

By adamg - 11/4/21 - 1:22 pm

Appointments for children between 5 and 11 are now available on the Massachusetts Covid-19 vaccination finder.

By adamg - 11/3/21 - 9:37 pm

WBUR reports on the outbreak at the Manning Elementary School on Louders Lane.

By adamg - 11/3/21 - 8:49 pm

The principal of the Henderson K-12 Inclusion School was transported to a local hospital in an ambulance this afternoon after being punched in the head as school let out at the upper campus, 18 Croftland Ave. in Dorchester. Read more.

By adamg - 11/1/21 - 9:43 am
Christian proselytizing on Halloween

Don't be scared of goblins, the tract tells kids: Admit you're a sinner and Jesus will save you.

A Jamaica Plain tradition is the Halloween parade along Centre Street, where kids in costumes patrol as local businesses and residents hand out treats. Yesterday, one parent reports, she was a bit miffed when her daughter showed her one goodie bag that had a come-to-Jesus pamphlet stuffed in it as well, down near Mozart Street. Read more.

By adamg - 10/20/21 - 9:32 am

BPS has hired an outside law firm for a "top-to-bottom investigation" of the school and the way its students are treated, School Superintendent Brenda Cassellius told parents in a recent letter. Read more.

By adamg - 10/6/21 - 12:03 pm

Mass Hockey, which oversees youth-hockey programs in the state, reports refs are quitting rather than putting up with nonsense from parents who seem to have forgotten we're talking about their children here, not NHL players: Read more.

By adamg - 10/1/21 - 11:57 pm

Yes, three Boston School Committee members got all racist. And, yes, city attorneys screwed up in trying to withhold evidence of racially-tinged texts by two of them from a parents group suing over the way kids got invited to the exam schools this year. But no, the plan used to invite students without exams was not racist, a federal judge ruled today - again. Read more.

By adamg - 9/22/21 - 1:20 pm

At a school already roiling over the way its two co-leaders were put on leave just before the start of the school year, parents at the Mission Hill K-8 School in Jamaica Plain now have to wonder why BPS removed two grade 5 and 6 teachers one recent Friday afternoon. Read more.

By adamg - 9/13/21 - 3:09 pm

Gov. Baker today activated the National Guard to get ready to drive school vans in cities that have been hard hit by driver shortages: Chelsea, Lynn, Lawrence and Lowell. Some 90 National Guard members will start training in driving the vans tomorrow.

By adamg - 9/9/21 - 2:56 pm

In a statement, BPS says 57% of students who take school buses got to school on time today, despite a widely publicized shortage of drivers, up from 43% in the last normal start to the school year in 2019. Some 85% of bused kids arrived within 15 minutes of the start of their school days and 96% made it within 30 minutes. Read more.

By adamg - 9/6/21 - 1:15 pm

Arlington Police report two children were attacked by a coyote yesterday afternoon in Arlington: A two-year-old girl on Epping Street was bitten in the back and then briefly dragged by a coyote, then ten minutes later, another two-year old girl on Summer Hill Circle, about a half mile away, was scratched by a coyote. Read more.

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