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By adamg - 8/31/20 - 9:01 pm

The Globe reports all of them students incorrectly denied admission last year and this year have been offered seats at the schools they were eligible for, that the error cascaded down to affect other kids denied entrance to non-exam schools they had requested and that none of the students who were given seats who shouldn't have gotten them will have their seats taken away.

By adamg - 8/28/20 - 9:33 am
Girl found by police, EMTs

Live Boston reports on the successful two-hour BPD search for a 4-year-old Roxbury girl that ended when the girl convinced the officer holding her hand to skip with her to the ambulance that would take her to a local hospital for a quick check.

By adamg - 8/19/20 - 4:30 pm

The state Department of Public Health announced today that it is now requiring all students and participants in pre-K programs to get a flu shot by Dec. 31 - as part of an effort to reduce "flu-related illness and ​the overall impact of respiratory illness during the COVID-19 pandemic." Read more.

By adamg - 8/17/20 - 9:08 am

WBZ reports on the latest BPS school re-opening plan, which calls for schools to open Sept. 21 for grades 1-12 and Sept. 23 for pre-K.

The newest proposal calls for a hybrid model, in which students would spend part of the week in school, part in home, but with a parental option to keep kids home fulltime.

By adamg - 8/13/20 - 9:14 am

Boston Parents Schoolyard News compares proposals from BPS administration and the Boston Teachers Union on how to re-open schools next month.

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By adamg - 8/12/20 - 12:09 pm

BPS Fall Reopening Virtual Community Meeting - August 8, 2020

Mayor Walsh said today that BPS is planning on making its school buildings as safe as possible - but also beefing up remote-learning abilities - as officials continue to try to figure out whether school will start this fall entirely remotely or with a "hopscotch" model in which students would spend part of their time in school and part at home. Read more.

By adamg - 8/6/20 - 9:25 am

The Boston School Committee narrowly voted last night to cede what is now a McCormack School field to a new Boys and Girls Club field house.

Katie Mallon reports members Michael Loconto, Michael O'Neill and Alexandra Oliver-Davila voted for the controversial handover, members Lorna Rivera and Jeri Robinson voted against and members Hardin Coleman and Quoc Tran abstained.

By adamg - 8/4/20 - 4:35 pm

Somerville city and school officials told parents today that schools just won't be ready to instruct students safely come September and so the new school year will start entirely with remote instruction. Read more.

By adamg - 7/31/20 - 3:17 pm

COVID-19 Media Availability 7/31/20

Mayor Walsh and School Superintendent Brenda Cassellius said today they are continuing to look at a "hybrid" school re-opening, in which students would split days between in-school and at-home learning, but that parents will have the chance to opt out completely and stick with remote learning over Covid-19 concerns. Read more.

By adamg - 7/27/20 - 10:05 pm

WBUR reports the state came to an agreement with teachers unions to push back the start of school by two weeks to give teachers a chance at doing what needs to be done to prevent Covid-19 outbreaks in their classrooms. The move means the 2020-21 school year will officially be 170 days long, instead of the usual 180.

By adamg - 7/27/20 - 12:25 pm

David Ertishek reports Kids Fun Stop in West Roxbury is shutting down for good due to Covid-19 - and will be selling off its stuff starting Wednesday. Read more.

By adamg - 7/8/20 - 9:19 am

The Bay State Banner reports the BPS's Opportunity and Achievement Gap Task Force unanimously urged a one-year halt on exams because of Covid-19 - just as some colleges are doing with SATs, two days before BPS announced it would be using a test from a non-profit testing concern.

By adamg - 7/6/20 - 9:52 am

BPS last week announced it will use an exam developed by NWEA, an Oregon-based testing non-profit, for the city's three exam schools: Boston Latin School, Boston Latin Academy and the O'Bryant School of Mathematics and Science. Read more.

By adamg - 5/29/20 - 1:00 pm

Brookline school officials announced today they have sent notices of potential layoffs to teachers and staffers in an attempt to patch a $6.3-million hole in its budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1 - but that it is still looking at ways to bring the workers back in time for the start of school this fall. Read more.

By adamg - 5/5/20 - 11:16 am
Baby and mom about to come out of SUV on Storrow Drive

Mom and baby about to come out into the world. Photo by Live Boston.

Live Boston reports that by the time EMTs and state troopers got to the outbound side of Storrow Drive just before the Mass. Ave. Bridge around 11 p.m. yesterday, the state had a new resident: Read more.

By adamg - 4/28/20 - 9:21 am

MySouthborough.com reports on an incident serious enough for Southborough schools to notify police and parents, involving a teacher who mistakenly let somebody IDing as just "iPhone" into a class about to start, only to have the person display "an inappropriate profile image" to the three students who had already logged in.

By adamg - 4/24/20 - 1:38 pm

Jamaica Plain News talks to Katie Grassa, principal of the Curley K-8 School in Jamaica Plain about the challenges of running what is now a distributed school.

I’m used to using getting hundreds of hugs a day or high fives in the hallway, fist bumps from kids. But it has shifted to lots of waves and excited faces when I hop onto Zoom calls.

By adamg - 4/24/20 - 9:45 am
Dale Street playground in Roslindale with no kids

Unlike most playgrounds, there's no fence or gate to lock at the playground on Dale Street in Roslindale, at the edge of Sherrin Woods. But there is this sign. And on a nice spring afternoon yesterday, there were no kids.

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