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Mass. Community Colleges Announce COVID Vaccine Mandate

All faculty, staff and students who attend on-campus classes at the 15 community colleges in Massachusetts will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by January 2022, the presidents of those schools ...

  • coronavirus Sep 9

    Vermont Extending School Mask Recommendation Another Month

    The Vermont Agency of Education is extending until Oct. 4 its recommendation that all students wear masks at all times in school to reduce the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, Gov. Phil Scott said Wednesday. The agency had recommended schools require masks for the first 10 days of school and then allow schools to loosen masking restriction...
  • boston public schools Sep 9

    In-Person Learning Returns in Boston Amid School Bus Driver Shortage

    Parents worried about whether a Boston school bus would show up to bring their children to their first day of class Thursday morning as the district deals with a driver shortage. “Her bus was supposed to pick her up at 6:43. We waited at the bus stop until 7:30, and the bus didn’t show up,” said parent Elizabeth Foxworth-Jones. Th...
  • boston public schools Sep 8

    School Bus Driver Shortage Raises Questions as Boston Students Return to Class

    The Boston school bus drivers’ union is pushing for the start of school to be postponed as it deals with a driver shortage. The union said the bus routes for the new school year are “the worst fiasco we’ve witnessed in our careers.” Boston Public Schools said classes will start as planned, but they are expecting some service...
  • coronavirus Sep 8

    Baker Not Considering Remote Option Amid School Outbreak

    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday a return to remote learning as an option for school districts is not under consideration, even as communities like Melrose deal with outbreaks that are forcing multiple classrooms to quarantine. “Schools have a certain number of days baked into their calendar that they are allowed to miss and I ...
  • Braintree Sep 8

    Braintree High School Closed Due to Asbestos Issue

    Braintree High School is closed on Wednesday due to an asbestos issue, school officials said. They said the school is closed to allow completion of mandatory asbestos testing after some asbestos flooring was disturbed during cleaning and moisture mitigation being done on the first floor of the building. “This is a Department of Environmental ...
  • melrose public schools Sep 8

    Some Melrose Students Quarantining After 7 COVID Cases in First Week of School

    The school district for Melrose, Massachusetts, is dealing with a handful of positive COVID cases only one week into the school year. The superintendent for Melrose Public Schools said there are seven positive cases in the district — some are adults and some are students. Dr. Julie Kukenberger said she learned over the weekend about two stude...
  • Vermont Sep 7

    Some Vermont School Officials Ask for Mask Mandate to Fight COVID

    Some Vermont school officials are calling on Gov. Phil Scott to require masks in schools and indoors in parts of the state where there is substantial or high rates of transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19. At least two school superintendents and others are planning an event Tuesday to highlight their concerns that the state isn’t doing eno...
  • Boston College Sep 2

    Boston College Receives a Record $75 Million Gift

    Boston College has received a gift worth about $75 million it plans to use for scholarships, academic programming, facilities improvements, and operation of an on-campus theater, the school announced Thursday. The gift from the estate of the late Joyce L. and E. Paul Robsham is the largest estate gift in the private Jesuit university’s histor...
  • Massachusetts Sep 2

    University Acquisition Edges UMass Closer to Online Learning Expansion

    The University of Massachusetts system will expand its online education footprint through a new “UMass Global” arm after officially acquiring Brandman University, officials announced Thursday. More than a year after UMass announced it would partner with the California-based university system, Chapman University finalized the transfer of...
  • back to school Sep 3

    Mayor Janey Addresses Boston's Upcoming School Year

    A week ahead of the start of classes, Boston Mayor Kim Janey and Superintendent Brenda Cassellius on Thursday gave an update on Boston Public Schools’ preparations. It will be the first time since March 2020 when all BPS students will be in classes together, though with plenty of safeguards in place. “While I’m very excited to wel...
  • Worcester Sep 2

    Worcester Schools Unveil ‘Age-Appropriate' Sex Ed Curriculum for Kindergarteners

    While students in kindergarten are busy learning their ABC’s, this year in Worcester, Mass., children will also start a sexual health education curriculum — something garnering mixed reaction among parents. “I don’t think it’s appropriate. They’re way too young for that,” one parent said. During a virtual f...
  • mask mandate Sep 2

    How Masks Are Being Greeted in Mass. Classrooms This Year

    School’s back in session for Massachusetts’ new year, and masks are back as well. Framingham is just one of many districts with school starting up Wednesday, with the pandemic not yet in the rear-view mirror. “The masks are annoying,” said Nathan Thurber, a senior at Framingham High. “It gets pretty hot in there but it...
  • umass lowell Sep 1

    Swampscott Couple Giving $50 Million to UMass

    Having already committed $11 million to UMass Lowell, Robert and Donna Manning of Swampscott have topped that example of generosity with the largest cash gift in the history of the University of Massachusetts. The Mannings, described by UMass as high school sweethearts and Methuen natives who both commuted to what is now UMass Lowell in the 1980s, ...
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