BOSTON (CBS) – Mayor Marty Walsh said on Thursday that the city is “preparing for the potential” that all Boston Public Schools could be forced to close amid concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

Walsh made the comments during his appearance on CBSN Boston.

“Not right now,” Walsh said when asked if a decision has been made to close all Boston schools. “What we are doing is preparing for the potential of having to close the schools. There’s a lot of moving pieces.”

The city announced on Wednesday that the three campuses of Eliot K-8 School will close for a week after a person at the school was diagnosed with a presumptive case of coronavirus.

Walsh said about 80 percent of the 57,000 students in Boston are on free or reduced cost lunch. Part of the potential plan would include finding a way to get those students food.

“You can’t just simply close schools, because there’s a lot of other things that happen. We are putting together a plan in the event that we have to so parents have all the answers,” said Walsh.

Comments (2)
  1. Rah Mo says:

    Every summer in Boston, food is distributed via community centers in every neighborhood for those that need it. So can’t we just do that? Maybe they still need to figure out how to transfer the food from schools to the community centers?

  2. DT says:

    except when there’s an inch of snow on the ground, then all bets are off. come on clown, you have enough foresight to know that the marathon isn’t happening in 5 weeks but it’s fine to have outbreaks at school? I miss mumbles, he would do the right thing because he cared for the people

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