BOSTON (CBS) — A small number of Boston students walked out of class Friday morning to request a temporary return to remote learning due to rising COVID cases.
The walkout began at 10:30 a.m., but turnout was sparse. A group of about 15 teenagers came out of Boston Latin School. They told WBZ-TV that many children were afraid of repercussions.
An organizer told the school committee Wednesday night that the protest was not directly targeting the district but the state and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Teenagers want all remote learning days to count towards the 180 learning days required.
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Some believe switching to remote learning is the best move to stop the spread of the virus, but Governor Baker and DESE recently pushed back to loosen restrictions on remote learning.
The state does not allow remote learning days to count toward the required 180 school days.
“The rules here are quite simple. We count in-person school as one school,” Baker said earlier this month. “Under state law, you are required to provide 180 days of in-person school each year. We expect every school and every school district to deliver their 180 days. »
“We continue to stress that closing our schools and moving remotely is a last resort, but it is one we have prepared for given that there are COVID and pandemic challenges affecting staff outside of our control,” Boston Mayor Michelle Wu told reporters on Thursday.