Coronavirus News: Thursday, March 19, 2020

How COVID-19 is interrupting children's educations: nearly a billion children are out of school (The Economist)

After coronavirus school closing, will states need to hold kids back, hold summer school? (U.S.A. Today)

Pressure mounts on U.S. Ed to drop state testing requirement amid widespread school closures (Chalkbeat)

Coronavirus closed this school. The kids have special needs. 'You can't just Netflix them all day.' (U.S.A. Today)

Michlewitz: House budget in April unlikely (State House News Service via WWLP22)

Time to forego the playdates and playground (The Boston Globe)

Springfield schools add weekend food pickup as kids stay home (MassLive)

MIAA directors answer FAQ about postponed season (MassLive)

Local school meals during COVID (Greenfield Recorder)

Wachusett Regional has meals for those on free and reduced plans (The Landmark)

Lynn provides learning materials for students over closure (The Item)

Taunton area schools get creative (The Taunton Daily Gazette)

Braintree special election for school projects postponed (The Patriot Ledger)

Attleboro middle school student who was under quarantine tests negative (The Sun Chronicle)

Local shamrock hunt brings families together during social distancing (The Patriot Ledger)

Construction continuing on Westport, Durfee projects (The Herald News)

New Bedford closes playgrounds in bid to stop coronavirus (South Coast Today)

Parents learning on the fly how to cope with coronavirus (Boston Herald)