Boston Public Schools Ready to Help Puerto Ricans - NECN

Boston Public Schools Ready to Help Puerto Ricans



    Puerto Rico Relief and Boston Public Schools Take Center Stage

    The district pledges not to send away any students coming from the island. (Published Friday, Sept. 29, 2017)

    Puerto Ricans have lost homes, jobs, and their schools. Massachusetts is anticipating a large number of them might head here.

    Boston Schools are getting their classrooms ready for their predicted arrivals.

    An island that's hundreds of miles away shares a cultural connection in Boston.

    "Boston public schools are legally and morally obligated to serve every single student that comes from Puerto Rico," said Superintendent Chang.

    Over 32,000 residents in Boston identify as Puerto Rican, so Superintendent Dr. Chang is thinking ahead putting into motion plans to help anyone landing here.

    "This is not something we aren't used to doing,but the scale is something we don't have a good sense about at this point," said Superintendent Chang. Boston Public schools will not turn anyone away no matter what the turnout.

    "Boston public schools always welcomes young people throughout the school year. We are a city of immigrants we have Boston public schools young people from thirty different countries," said Superintendent Chang.

    It's a large undertaking where details are still being ironed out.

    "We are going to make sure that we have a one stop shop for families. They have one place they can go to, To get all their information they need on services in the city," said Chang.

    The superintendent in their planning phases is also trying to figure out how many students each Boston school can handle.

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