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Michelle Wu Wants Possibility of Remote Learning Left Open

January 7, 2022

Boston mayor Michelle Wu thinks school districts should have the opportunity to return to remote learning if they wish.

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education hasn’t allowed remote learning this school year; Wu wants that to change due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’re doing the best we can,” Wu said during a press conference Wednesday, January 5. “It may get to the point where, on a school-by-school basis, we may need to move to a snow day which is the state policy.”

“DESE currently is not allowing for any remote learning whatsoever, even if it is due to staffing shortages, and so we continue to talk with them about the rigidity of that policy,” the mayor added. “And also we are expecting a snowstorm potentially Friday so there’s lots in the mix about how we’re managing the logistics and operations at the schools.”

The city of Boston cancelled school Friday, January 7 because of a snowstorm.


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