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No more mask mandate for Boston Public Schools
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No more mask mandate for Boston Public Schools
After months of repeated messaging by Boston Public Schools and city leadership that masks would remain in place for students and staff at BPS, Monday marked the first day that masks were optional for those in good health on school grounds.
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Wu says city won’t reinstate mask mandate
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Wu says city won’t reinstate mask mandate
Boston Mayor Michelle Wu said Monday the city would make no immediate changes to its current policy of recommending masks indoors despite an uptick in COVID-19 cases.
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Local News
Officials urge caution as COVID cases rise
Coronavirus cases are rising across several Massachusetts counties, including Suffolk, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) data released this week.
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Council hears unions’ vaccine concerns
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Council hears unions’ vaccine concerns
At the first in-person hearing for the Boston City Council since the start of the pandemic, leaders of several city workers’ unions on Thursday pleaded their case for Mayor Michelle Wu to drop the controversial mandate that city employees be vaccinated.
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Opinion
Managing parenting stress and preventing burnout
Caring for children is stressful even in the best of situations, but we’re hearing from parents that their stress levels right now are at their worst since the start of the pandemic.
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Anti vax protestors target Wu’s residence
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Anti vax protestors target Wu’s residence
Most mornings in the past week or so, a small band of protesters stationed themselves outside the modest two-family house where Boston Mayor Michelle Wu lives with her husband and two school-age sons. Her elderly mother lives on the first floor.
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Boston students protest state’s COVID policies
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Boston students protest state’s COVID policies
Scores of Boston Public Schools students walked out of class Friday in protest of the district and state’s response to the surge in COVID cases that has seen nearly 3,000 students and staff infected between the end of winter break and Jan. 12.
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Opinion
Why do so many still say no to vaccinations?
Not a day passes without a headline that some noted personality tests positive for COVID. The danger of COVID infection still roars, taking a ravenous toll on thousands. Yet, one figure remains virtually unchanged: Nearly half of Americans still say no to vaccinations.
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Local officials, teachers blast Baker on COVID response
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Politics
Local officials, teachers blast Baker on COVID response
In the past week, Boston Public Schools teachers and staff have seen their highest-ever number of COVID-19 infections — with 1,202 staff out on Monday — and a post-winter holiday return to school marred by shipments of ineffective face masks and expired at-home tests courtesy of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
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City faces COVID testing conundrum
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City faces COVID testing conundrum
On Saturday, Boston residents waiting for COVID testing lined up in the rain in a line that stretched more than 200 yards from the community room at the Mildred Hailey Apartments, past the Jackson Square Orange Line station and up Centre Street.
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State won’t test teachers in COVID classrooms
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State won’t test teachers in COVID classrooms
After a pool test for COVID-19 in her school yielded a positive result, Ellison/Parks Early Education Center teacher Annie Shah-Solle knew what would come next — rapid tests for each classroom in the school.
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Officials pan gov’s COVID response
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Officials pan gov’s COVID response
Elected officials and public health officials came together last week to take aim at Gov. Charlie Baker’s handling of the latest COVID-19 surge that has already infected thousands and will likely infect more as families continue to gather for the holidays.
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