WBZ Evening News Update For March 23, 2021

Boston Public Schools seeks waiver to delay full-time in-person learning; Union workers rally outside Marriott Copley demanding return-to-work plan; Seven children and school bus driver injured in crash in Shrewsbury; Latest Boston weather.

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DAVID WADE: Thank you for joining us. I'm David Wade with the WBZ News update. Our top story is Boston school officials are asking for a delay in the return of full-time, in-person learning until the end of April. The district has filed a waiver request to delay the start until April 26. That's three weeks after the state's deadline of April 5. The superintendent says it'll give them more time to prepare the school buildings and to make sure that most of the teachers and staff are fully vaccinated.

Union members gathered outside the Marriott Copley saying the deadline for hotels to release their rehiring plans has passed, but they haven't heard anything. The union president says 90% of members were laid off during the early stages of the pandemic. Some have been rehired, but thousands are still unemployed, while some Boston hotels have made commitments to recalling workers if the jobs return. Others have not committed to anything.

Seven schoolchildren and their bus driver were taken to the hospital with minor injuries after a crash that involved a tractor trailer on Route 20 in Shrewsbury. The bus was carrying children from the Al-Hamra Academy. The school's principal says that she has complained that the road is dangerous, and her calls for better signs or traffic light have been denied. The accident is still under investigation. Let's get a check of a really nice forecast now with Eric Fisher. Eric.

ERIC FISHER: It's been quite a stretch out there. Tonight, we'll see some low clouds and fog fill in, especially late. That'll hold temps to the mid to upper 30s for most of the area, and tomorrow will be a grayer day. We've had so much sunshine. It's going to feel weird. The best chance of some sun would be during the morning hours, and then it turns largely overcast.

That said, it's still pretty mild in the 50s to low 60s across the area. Again, coolest along the coastline, especially on Cape Cod. Best chance of those bright skies up until about 11, 12 o'clock, and then we'll see mostly overcast afternoon. The rain, though, will hold off until overnight.

Some scattered showers during the overnight time frame. Chance for a couple downpours near the south coast on the Cape. We'll start out cloudy and misty on Thursday morning. The big question on Thursday is how quickly those clouds will dissipate. If it happens by mid to late morning, we're going to soar up through the 70s. That's the forecast right now. Cooler on the South coast and the Cape. If it takes a little bit longer, we'll reach the upper 60s to low 70s. Regardless, Thursday afternoon evening looks really warm and a good chance to get outside. It is patio weather and a chance for some record highs in both Boston and Worcester provided we get that sunshine early enough in the day. David.

DAVID WADE: Great for that outdoor dining. Thank you so much, Eric. I'm David Wade. This has been a WBZ News update. We thank you for watching. Be safe. Have a great night.