BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Public Schools has again delayed the next phase of in-person learning. Boston is currently designated as a high risk community for coronavirus, with a citywide infection rate of 4.4%.

The district announced Friday night that the start of Phase 3 of in-person learning for students in Pre-K – Grade 3 will be delayed one week, from October 22 to October 29 at the earliest.

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“The health and safety of students, faculty and staff remains a top priority, and while we are confident that the preparations we have made in our school buildings make it a safe environment for in-person learning for a limited number of students, we are taking the necessary time before we bring back the next wave of students,” Mayor Marty Walsh said.

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This is the second delay due to Boston’s high coronavirus infection rate. Only special need students in Boston Public Schools are learning in-person.

The rest of the phase-in calendar remains unchanged:

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October 22: Students with High In-Person Priority begin four days a week (based on family preference)
October 29 & November 2: K0 – Grade 3 (Cohort B & A)
November 5 & 9: Grades 4 – 8 – secondary schools begin 6 – 8 (Cohort B & A)
November 16 & 19: Grades 9 – 12 (Cohort A & B)