Thousands of Boston students are headed back to school Thursday.
Both Mayor Marty Walsh and Boston Public School Superintendent Tommy Chang will greet students at the New Mission High School and the Boston Community Leadership Academy.
They are welcoming the students and faculty back and will then make stops touring a number of schools in the district.
We sat down with Superintendent Chang to discuss some of the biggest areas they will focus on this year.
Among them, he said, will be continuing to ensure there is safe drinking water for students, as the district works to address lead concerns.
There will also be ongoing conversations about race in the Boston Latin School following a year of controversy and change there.
He said they are also actively negotiating teacher contracts.
Chang said, "We want to make sure our students in Boston have the most effective teachers in front of them. And we are committing to inclusive practices and that we are providing our students with more instructional time. We are both committed to that. We are working through the details."