BOSTON (WHDH) - Boston parents said they’re unhappy Boston Public Schools is looking to delay the start of full-time, in-person learning for students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Superintendent Dr. Brenda Cassellius submitted a waiver request Monday to Jeffrey C. Riley, commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education, seeking the return of students in kindergarten through eighth grade on April 26 as opposed to April 5 as required by the state.

“Beginning five days of full-time, in-person learning on April 26, immediately following BPS spring recess, will allow the district time to implement thorough operational preparation, communicate updates with families in a timely manner, and ensure most of our educators and staff have received vaccination for COVID-19,” she wrote.

Cassellius added that the Boston Teachers Union supports the district-wide return of grades kindergarten through eighth on April 26.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education received 74 requests for K-5 elementary school delays statewide, and has approved 58, denied 6 and is still reviewing 10 — including Boston. But some parents, like Leslee Parker-Sproul, have started a petition asking the state to reject the waiver.

Parker-Sproul said she can finally concentrate now that her 7-year-old son is in school two days a week, and that he’s happier with in-person learning as well.

“He comes home on Tuesday after school and he’s like ‘When do I get to go back?’  like he doesn’t want to be sitting on the couch on his laptop staring at a screen,” Parker-Sproul said. “We’re allowing people from outside of the city to come into Fenway, to TD Garden, to all these restaurants … but yet the kids of the city, the children in this city aren’t allowed to be in their schools. It just seems like priorities are really off.”

“Of the districts granted waivers, nearly half are due to the inclusion of fifth grade in the district’s middle school and the rest are planning to be in person within weeks. … Bringing all our kids back to school is crucial for their educational progress, emotional and social well-being, and we will continue to work with districts to bring students back ahead of their waiver-approved return dates,” DOE Commissioner Jeffrey C. Riley said in a statement

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