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News

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Coronavirus News: F riday, August 7,

'I was a little scared': Inside America's reopening schools (The New York Times)

Georgia teens shared photos of maskless students in crowded hallways. Now they're suspended. (Washington Post)

The tide begins to turn; districts choosing remote learning for fall (Boston Globe)

Road to reopening filled with anxiety and concern (State House News Service via South Coast Today)

Concerns growing over back to school plans (Bay State Banner)

East Longmeadow moves to fully remote classes this fall (Western Mass News)

Mohawk Trail addresses internet, financial concerns over fall planning (Greenfield Recorder)

Springfield schools to open fully remote this fall (MassLive)

Granby schools to start remotely, phase into hybrid (Daily Hampshire Gazette)

Monty Tech School Committee sets date to reopen school (The Gardner News)

Worcester schools share details of hybrid and remote plans (MassLive)

Tyngsboro School Committee facing tough decision (Lowell Sun)

Lynn schools to begin year with remote learning (MassLive)

Beverly to offer hybrid system to younger students; older students to continue remote (Salem News)

Salem plan: younger students return, older students stay home (Salem News)

Framingham votes 6-3 on back to school plan; members differ on teachers in classrooms (Metrowest Daily News)

Whitman-Hanson approves hybrid model for fall (Enterprise)

Hingham School Committee approves hybrid plan (Patriot Ledger)

Bridgewater-Raynham schools restore 67 positions (Taunton Gazette)

Attleboro School Committee votes for hybrid plan for year (The Sun Chronicle)

Dartmouth, Fairhaven to start hybrid plans for new year (South Coast Today)

New Bedford mayor: full school reopening poses 'unacceptable risks' (WGBH)

Coronavirus News: Thursday, August 6, 2020

Pioneer to start with three weeks remote learning, then reassess

America is about to roll out online learning, round 2. For millions of children, it won't be better. (Washington Post)

Perspective: Back to school in a pandemic: a guide all the factors keeping parents and educators up at night (Washington Post)

Most teachers concerned about in-person school (NPR)

Column: Listen to teachers (Boston Globe)

NYC announces coronavirus tracing team just for schools (Chalkbeat)

Special education students aren't just falling behind; they're losing key skills (Washington Post)

Pittsfield School Committee takes full fall return off the table (WAMC)

Southwick-Tolland-Granville School Committee hears presentation about reopening (The Reminder)

Rep. Pressley holds listening session with students about schooling (MassLive)

New Hingham Elementary will start year all-remote (Daily Hampshire Gazette)

Mahar School Committee to start with hybrid model; chair says committee may reassess (Greenfield Recorder)

Pioneer to start with three weeks remote learning, then reassess (Greenfield Recorder)

Teachers demand air quaility be safe in Haverhill schools (Eagle Tribune)

North Shore teachers worry about safety (Salem News)

Swampscott superintendent asks to keep students home (The Item)

Framingham teachers asked to work in empty classrooms for remote learning (Metrowest Daily News)

Natick cancels Wednesday meeting; will vote on back to school Monday (Metrowest Daily News)

Bridgewater-Raynham opts for hybrid start to year (Enterprise)

Mansfield going with hybrid plan for reopening (The Sun Chronicle)

In Boston, various options for school this fall (Boston Globe)

Boston teachers, parents voice strong opposition to hybrid model (Boston 25)

Boston City Councilors push for all-remote learning during pandemic (WGBH)

Coronavirus News: Monday, August 3, 2020

Why is there no consensus around reopening schools? (The New York Times)

Mapping the risk that students could arrive at school with coronavirus (The New York Times)

An Arizona superintendent: "i'm sorry, but it's a fantasy." (The Washington Post)

Safer air: schools scramble to improve ventilation (WBUR)

Berkshire Hills' reopening complicated by teachers' union objections (The Berkshire Edge)

Mount Greylock proposes fully remote learning for most of high school (iBerkshires)

'Pieces still in play' as Hoosac Valley weighs reopening scenarios (The Berkshire Eagle)

Lenox pushes reopening back to mid-September (The Berkshire Eagle)

Springfield to hold town hall on back-to-school plan (WAMC)

Holyoke High class of 2020 a testament to resilience (MassLive)

Southampton adopts hybrid plan for Norris school (Daily Hampshire Gazette)

Greenfield School Committee adopts 'remote learning plus,' sets opening date (Greenfield Recorder)

First day of school changed to September 14 in Ashburnham-Westminster (The Gardner News)

Survey finds Wachusett parents want students in the classroom (The Landmark)

Lexington School Committee adopts back-to-school blueprint (Lexington Minuteman)

Tensions rise as Haverhill debates start of school year (Eagle Tribune)

Haverhill gets update on Ch. 70 aid, facilities work (WHAV)

2020 put into focus in Peabody commencement (Salem News)

'We can truly build great things': Hopkinton class of 2020 graduates (Milford Daily News)

Most Taunton students will be fully remote for at least the first few months of the year (Taunton Daily News)

Rockland graduates told to take on the world with kindness and hard work (Enterprise)

Upper Cape Tech graduates lean on lessons learned during pandemic (Cape Cod Times)

Draft reopening plan for Vineyard public schools issued (The Vineyard Gazette)

Epidemiologist sees hybrid as worst model due to child care (WGBH)

Guidance on Policy Issues for the Pandemic

This document has been developed to act as a guide for school committees as your district develops and implements a back-to-school strategy. This task will require flexibility on the school committee’s part in schedules of meetings and the time commitment required to meet the deadlines established by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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