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Amid shutdown, Boston Public Schools, Union Negotiate Over Online Learning

Boston school officials and the city teachers union have yet to come to agreement on how to conduct online learning during the six-week shutdown of the school system, even as school staffers have been delivering 20,000 Chromebook computers to students with much fanfare.

Talks over online learning just began on Thursday — albeit virtually instead of in person — and are expected to resume Friday, according to the Boston teachers union, which provided members an update Thursday night.

But the union and Superintendent Brenda Cassellius have come to one key understanding: Students will not receive any formal grades for supplemental online learning assignments and attendance will not be taken, although they noted that could change if the school closure extends beyond April 27.

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