Boston Public Schools announced this morning that:
Effective tomorrow, Thursday, October 22, all BPS students will learn remotely until public health data shows a downward trend in positive COVID-19 cases.
She added schools will remain closed to classes until the citywide rate begins to fall, for two weeks in a row.
The notice affects special-needs, homeless and certain other high-needs students who had been spending part of their weekdays at their local schools. BPS had twice delayed the phased-in return of other students because of the city's Covid-19 numbers.
Cassellius cited statistics released this morning by the Boston Public Health Commission, that show 5.7% of Covid-19 tests in Boston came back positive over the past week - up from 4.5% the week before and 4.1% two weeks ago.
In specific neighborhoods, the BPHC numbers showed positivity rate jumped from 5.9% last week to 11.4% in Roxbury. East Boston, which had been seeing decreases in recent weeks, showed an increase from 5.4% to 8.3%. The 02122 and 02124 Zip codes in Dorchester increased from 6.9% to 9.4%. Hyde Park, though, showed a decrease from 10.5% to 7.5%. The statewide rate is currently about 1.3%.