U.S. Education Secretary Dr Miguel Cardona and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr Rochelle Walensky will join the YMCA of Greater Boston and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston for a town hall meeting on Friday.
The event will take place at the Yawkey Boys & Girls Club in Roxbury, with a select audience of parents and students able to ask questions about plans to keep children safe when they return to school amid the increase in COVID cases fueled by the delta variant.
Cardona and Walensky will also discuss how the YMCA and Boys and Girls Clubs are integral to improving student outcomes, academic success, and socio-emotional development.
City Hall will be hosted by Latoyia Edwards from NBC10 Boston and will run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
It is by invitation only but will be broadcast live on NECN and will be broadcast live on NECN.com and NBC10Boston.com.
As the first day of school approaches, cases of coronavirus in children increase, and with them concerns about safety in classrooms. The American Academy of Pediatrics said infections in children rose 84% over the past week.
As many unvaccinated students prepare to return to class, the Massachusetts Department of Education has said its three priorities are health and safety, mental health support and helping children after more than ‘one year of distance learning.
“Politics has no role in this. Educators know what to do, we did it last year. So I have appeals to these states, but at the end of the day I want to work with the Texas. I want to work with Florida. I want to make sure these students have access to in-person learning, “Cardona said.” At the end of the day, we’re all in the same boat. “