UPDATE: Friday, March 13 2020, 7:45pm

The Coronavirus is a serious public health emergency. The City of Boston has been taking aggressive action to stay on top of it, and keep people healthy and safe. The safety of our students, families, teachers, staff, and school communities has been at the center of our concerns. Mayor Walsh has announced that starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020, we are closing all Boston Public Schools to students. This is out of an abundance of caution to ensure that we are taking action to protect our students, our families, and our teachers. The intention is to reopen our schools the week of April 27, which is the week after April vacation. However, if the situation in Boston with Coronavirus changes for the better, we will bring students back to school before April 27. Although there is no evidence showing that anyone in the BPS community has the coronavirus, we are acting early and with urgency to ensure the health and safety of the community.

The Office of Economic Development is reaching out to small businesses to make sure they have access to the most up-to-date information and to survey businesses on how to best support them. Please access the survey here. We're in an information collection phase right now and we would appreciate it if you could help share the survey with other business owners. If there are businesses that are facing difficulties due to recent cancellations or otherwise, we are directing them to contact the Office of Economic Development at 617-635-5729 or email Natalia Urtubey, the Director of Small Business, at natalia.urtubey@boston.gov with any specific questions.

As of Friday March 13th, 2020. There have been 25 confirmed cases in Boston. Please visit Boston.gov/coronavirus or call 311 for the most up to date information.

As we continue to receive updates, we will share them with you. 

Thanks,

Faisa

UPDATE: Friday, March 13, 2020

Boston Public Schools Attendance Policy: On March 11, 2020, the Boston Public Schools and the Boston Public Health Commission announced the closure of the Eliot K-8 School campus until March 19, 2020 due to Coronavirus concerns. The decision to close schools district-wide has not been made yet, however, The City of Boston is evaluating all options and planning around how to support school communities should we close. BPS understands that families throughout the district may choose to keep students at home. If families decide not to send students to school, the absence should be accompanied by a parent/guardian letter or email to the school. These absences will be excused. Please call 311 for the most up to date information about Boston Public Schools.

Boston Planning and Development Agency: Following guidance issued by Mayor Walsh recommending the postponement or cancellation of public meetings with 25 people or more, the BPDA is postponing all BPDA-hosted public meetings regarding Article 80 development projects and planning studies until further notice. At this time, this excludes monthly BPDA Board Meetings, Boston Zoning Commission meetings, and Boston Civic and Design Commission (BCDC) meetings due to regulatory and statutory requirements. Extra precautions will be taken during these meetings to encourage social distancing. Please continue to follow along here or sign up for BPDA updates, here:http://www.bostonplans.org/about-us/get-involved 

Boston Marathon: Mayor Walsh, Governor Baker, the BAA and John Hancock announced that the 124th Boston Marathon will be postponed to September 14th, 2020. Registered participants and volunteers will receive additional information in the coming days.

The following City of Boston meetings in the South End and Bay Village have been postponed until further notice. As other events get postponed, I will keep you informed. 

-Boston Housing Expo 3/14/2020

-BTD Tremont St Design Open House 3/16/2020

-BPDA South End Urban Renewal Public Meeting 3/17/2020

-BPDA BU Medical Campus Task Force Meeting 3/19/2020

-BTD Tremont St Design Open House 3/21/2020

-BCYF Blackstone Family Gym 3/21/2020

-BCYF Spelling Bee 3/21/2020

-Mayor Walsh’s Youth and Jobs Resource Fair 3/28/2020

Thank you for your patience,

Faisa

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