• coronavirus Feb 25

    Unions, School Committees Push Back on Move to Bring Mass. Students Back in April

    Teachers unions and school committee members are pushing back against a move to get students back into the classroom full time at Massachusetts schools. Elementary and Secondary Commissioner Jeff Riley said Tuesday that it’s time to begin the process of resuming in-person learning, citing improving health metrics and mitigation measures in place across the state’s districts. “The evidence on...

  • coronavirus Feb 24

    Unions Push Back on Move to Bring Students Back to Schools in Mass.

    Teachers unions are pushing back against a move to get students back into the classroom full time at Massachusetts schools.

  • coronavirus Feb 24

    Mass. Wants to Have All Elementary School Students Back in Classrooms by April

    With health metrics improving and mitigation measures in place across Massachusetts schools, Elementary and Secondary Commissioner Jeff Riley said Tuesday it is time to begin the process of getting more students back into classrooms. Riley, who joined Gov. Charlie Baker and Education Secretary James Peyser on Tuesday afternoon to announce the push, told Board of Elementary and Secondary Education members…

  • coronavirus Jan 15

    Mass. Schools Report 930 New COVID-19 Cases Among Students, Staff

    Massachusetts education officials on Thursday reported 930 new cases of the coronavirus among students and staff over a one-week period. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released the numbers Thursday in its weekly COVID-19 report. A total of 523 students with district building access within seven days of the report tested positive from Jan. 7 to Jan. 13, as did…

  • coronavirus Jan 15

    Mass. Schools Report 930 New COVID-19 Cases Among Students, Staff

    Massachusetts education officials on Thursday reported 930 new cases of the coronavirus among students and staff over a one-week period. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released the numbers Thursday in its weekly COVID-19 report. A total of 523 students with district building access within seven days of the report tested positive from Jan. 7 to Jan. 13, as did…

  • MCAS Jan 5

    MCAS Testing Set to Return, But With These Changes

    This year’s MCAS exams will feature “significantly” reduced testing time for third through eighth graders, and no schools will be newly named underperforming in the upcoming school year, Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeff Riley told superintendents in a memo Tuesday. “The sudden shift to remote learning last spring, and the continuation of hybrid/remote learning this school year has...

  • massachusetts schools Dec 26, 2020

    949 Cases of COVID-19 Reported at Mass. Schools

    Nearly 950 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the past week among students and staff in Massachusetts schools. Districts announced 552 of the new cases were diagnosed in students, while the other 397 cases of the virus were among staff members. The latest data from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education covers Dec. 17 through Dec. 23, the…

  • coronavirus in massachusetts Dec 18, 2020

    For 2nd Straight Week, Mass. Schools Report Record Number of COVID-19 Cases

    Massachusetts’ schools are continuing to see an increase in coronavirus cases, with 1,009 more cases reported this week. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released the numbers Thursday in its weekly COVID-19 report. A total of 591 students learning in-person or in a hybrid plan tested positive from Dec. 10 to 16, as did 418 school district staffers. This week…

  • coronavirus in massachusetts Dec 11, 2020

    Mass. Schools Announce Highest-Ever Weekly Number of COVID-19 Cases

    Coronavirus cases are continuing to rise in Massachusetts schools, with 923 more cases reported this week. The Department of Elementary and Secondary released the numbers Thursday in its weekly COVID-19 report. A total of 503 students learning in-person or in a hybrid plan tested positive from Dec. 3 to 9, as did 420 school district staffers. This number represents the most…

  • Massachusetts Nov 28, 2020

    Mass. Schools Announce 482 New COVID Cases Among Students, Staff

    Massachusetts education officials reported more than 480 new coronavirus cases this week in schools across the state. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released the report on Wednesday, one day early due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The weekly COVID-19 report shows a total of 276 students and 206 staffers tested positive for the virus from Nov. 19 through Nov….

  • coronavirus Nov 20, 2020

    Rapid COVID Testing Coming to Some Mass. School Districts

    If your child develops symptoms of the coronavirus in school, they could get an Abbott rapid test with parental permission starting in early December.

  • Massachusetts Nov 20, 2020

    Mass. Schools Report 652 New COVID-19 Cases Among Students, Staff

    Coronavirus cases have spiked in Massachusetts schools, with 652 more cases reported this week among students and staff members. The Department of Elementary and Secondary released the numbers Thursday in its weekly COVID-19 report. A total of 398 students learning in-person or in a hybrid plan tested positive from Nov. 12 to 18, as did 254 school district staffers. The…

  • Massachusetts Nov 13, 2020

    Mass. Schools Announce 307 New COVID Cases Among in-Person/Hybrid Students, Staff

    Coronavirus cases are on the rise in Massachusetts schools, with 307 more cases reported this week. The Department of Elementary and Secondary released the numbers Thursday in its weekly COVID-19 report. A total of 176 students learning in-person or in a hybrid plan tested positive from Nov. 5 to 11, as did 131 school district staffers. This week is the…

  • Massachusetts Nov 7, 2020

    Mass. Schools Announce 252 New COVID Cases Among in-Person/Hybrid Students, Staff

    Massachusetts schools across the state reported fewer total coronavirus cases than they did last week. From Oct. 29 to Nov. 4, they reported 252 positive cases between 154 students learning in-person or in hybrid classes and 98 school staff members, according to the weekly report from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, released Thursday. It’s a decline of…

  • Massachusetts public schools Oct 30, 2020

    Mass. Schools Report 286 New COVID Cases Among in-Person/Hybrid Students, Staff

    Massachusetts schools on Thursday reported the greatest number of weekly coronavirus cases so far this fall. A total of 201 students learning in-person or in hybrid classes, as well as 85 school staff members, reported a positive test result between Oct. 22 and Oct. 28, according to the report from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. That’s 286…

  • Massachusetts Oct 28, 2020

    Mass. Keeps Pressure on School Districts to Have Kids in Classrooms

    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and his top education advisors urged schools Tuesday not to overreact to the rise in COVID-19 cases this fall, telling even those districts in communities deemed to be at the highest risk for transmission of the virus to stick with in-person learning unless there is evidence of spread within the school system. Education Secretary Jim Peyser…

  • coronavirus cases Oct 23, 2020

    Experts Say COVID Isn't Spreading in Schools as Some Had Feared

    Local public health experts say the data seems pretty clear — after several weeks of in-person or hybrid learning, COVID-19 is not spreading in Massachusetts schools as some had feared. “What we’re seeing in schools is that there are occasional cases that occur, but what we’re not necessarily seeing are cases where kids are acquiring the infection in school,”...

  • Massachusetts Aug 23, 2020

    Mass. Teachers Association Pushing Back Against ‘Reckless' New State Guidance

    The Massachusetts Teachers Association is pushing back after the education commissioner issued a new state guideline saying teachers must go back into their classrooms even for remote learning. The new guidance has made an already heated debate even hotter. “It’s reckless. It’s more than unnecessary, it’s reckless,” said Merrie Najimy, president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association. The Department of...

  • youth sports Aug 16, 2020

    No Tackling: New Mass. Guidelines for Youth, Adult Sports Go Into Effect Monday

    As the start of school comes closer and more people hope to return to fields, courts and rinks, Massachusetts has new rules around amateur sports set to take effect on Monday. These guidelines are categorized into three tiers of risk depending on the frequency of close contact involved: low, moderate and high risk. Low risk sports, which include tennis, swimming,…

  • reopening schools Jul 31, 2020

    Massachusetts Preliminary School Reopening Plans Due Friday

    School districts must submit summaries of their preliminary reopening plans to the state Friday as Massachusetts figures out how to get students back in the classroom amid the pandemic. Districts are required to fill out an online form with information about their reopening models and other plans by the end of the day. The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary…

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