Students K-8 will fully return to in-person learning in Boston Monday

Plans for high school students have not been announced yet.

A student rides alone on a school bus in Boston after school ended for the day on March 4. David L. Ryan / The Boston Globe, File

Spring break is coming to a close, and Boston students from kindergarten to 8th grade will return to fully in-person learning Monday, April 26. The reopening will also include high schoolers in Boston’s special education schools.

Students who are sick or test positive for COVID-19 can still attend class remotely, even if they were initially slated to attend in person. They will be marked present regardless, but they might not be in the same classes.

Boston students began hybrid learning in phases throughout March: Grades K through 3 on March 1, grades 4 through 8 on March 15, and high schoolers on March 29. Priority students, such as those with disabilities or those learning English, have been in Boston schools since February 1.


Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration ordered elementary schools to fully reopen by April 5 last month, with middle schools set to open by Wednesday, April 28. The administration allowed districts to submit requests for more time to prepare their classrooms, and Boston Public Schools and dozens of other districts were issued waivers to delay reopening.

Other public school districts will also start full in-person learning for grades K through 8 Monday, including Somerville, Lynn, and Brockton. Some districts like Natick, Belmont, and Billerica have followed the state’s timetable except for 5th graders, who will return along with the rest of the middle schoolers.

Others, like Worcester, won’t fully open until Monday, May 3. Revere and Springfield are waiting until May 3 for elementary schools and Monday, May 10 for middle schoolers.

Classrooms will follow state guidance on distancing: 3 feet apart in classrooms, 6 feet apart elsewhere, like during lunch and recess. Students can get free COVID tests at Boston Public Schools.

Superintendent Dr. Brenda Cassellius asked families traveling out of state for the April break to follow state guidelines that “strongly encourage” them to quarantine for 10 days upon return.

Plans have not yet been announced to resume full in-person learning in Boston for grades 9 through 12.

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