Boston Globe: To Boston parents, treatment of most vulnerable students underscores district’s poor planning, communication

The Boston Globe explores how Boston Public School students and their families are managing education in light of the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

When school officials abruptly sent home Boston’s high needs students with no word on the next steps, it was the latest example of what many parents and other critics say is weak and often confusing planning by the state’s largest school district.

“They didn’t even send us home with materials to use [with] our kids,” said parent Liz Gomes. She has struggled to know how to help her 17-year-old son, who has autism, move forward with his learning since schools closed their doors Oct. 21. “They knew we were headed for a second shutdown in the fall. And they did not prepare for the second wave.”

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