Program of Virtual Learning will be Available to ‘Medically Fragile’ Students

The virtual learning option that so significantly defined public school experience in 2020-21 has been decertified by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

But what about a student who is considered “medically fragile” and has major health concerns about returning to the classroom when the Covid-19 virus is extant?

Superintendent of Schools Philip Conrad told the School Committee at its meeting Tuesday that DESE has authorized a program of virtual learning that is unrelated to Covid protocols.

Conrad said it is “for students who can’t attend in person due to documented medical needs.” He added that he is not yet aware of any qualifying local students.

It’s not a Bedford program; students commit per semester to an “approved virtual school, “supported by us and a teacher in our district,” Conrad explained. “There are lots of details we are trying to learn,” including cost.

Mike Rosenberg can be reached at, or 781-983-1763

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