Curley School Returns To Classes After COVID Outbreak

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — After two weeks of remote learning, students are back in the classrooms Monday at the Curley School in Jamaica Plain.

The school closed and transitioned to remote learning on Nov. 9 after the school reported 46 positive cases of COVID across multiple grades and classrooms. COVID testing will be available at the school Monday after school from 3 to 7 p.m.

Students took remote classes for 10 days as a precaution to manage the outbreak. However, not all 10 days of remote learning were approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The school initially applied for a waiver to have seven of the days of remote learning count towards their required number of school days, but the DESE only approved four of the days. This means students and faculty will have to make up the extra days that were not approved at the end of the school year next summer.

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State Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley wanted the school to reopen on Wednesday, Nov. 17, but the Boston Public Health Commission recommended the school remained closed for an extended period. Officials from Boston Public Schools said in a letter they wanted to keep students at home longer to allow for more students to get tested ahead of a return to classes.

In a letter to the former acting Mayor Kim Janey and Boston Public Schools, Riley said the school made the decision to close without properly consulting the DESE.

WBZ's James Rojas Reports.

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