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January 14, 2022

Rep. Pressley’s Statement on Boston Student Walkout

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) issued the following statement expressing solidarity with Boston students demanding stronger COVID-19 safety measures in schools: 

“Our ongoing COVID-19 response must always center the health, safety and wellbeing of our young people. I stand in solidarity with the students demanding stronger COVID-19 safety measures, including remote learning flexibilities, and I urge Governor Baker and Commissioner Riley to heed their calls. 

“All students and educators deserve to be safe and healthy in school. The Baker Administration’s refusal to provide much-needed flexibilities for schools facing record staffing shortages and surges in cases is dangerous, and they must reverse course.” 

Last month, Rep. Pressley wrote to Governor Baker urging him to implement a statewide mask mandate and a series of lifesaving measures to mitigate the ongoing spread of the coronavirus in Massachusetts, including more flexibility to allow for remote learning options when necessary and advised by public health experts. 

Rep. Pressley also wrote to the Governor in August calling on him to take immediate action to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in public schools and congregate settings across the Commonwealth.