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Coronavirus News: Friday, March 27, 2020

What the coronavirus stimulus bill means for schools (Chalkbeat)

Governor closes Vermont schools for rest of school year (Vermont Public Radio)

State releases guidance for remote learning during coronavirus (WBUR)

As outbreak spreads, state says districts must educate students with disabilities (WBUR)

Video: Southampton teachers hold parade for their students (Western Mass News)

Springfield superintendent talks coronavirus impact on students, teachers (WWPL 22)

Fitchburg non-profit still Karing 4 Kidz amid pandemic (Sentinel & Enterprise)

Northborough-Southborough superintendent answers FAQ around coronavirus closure (Community Advocate)

Tahanto pride parade brightens the day for many in Berlin and Boylston (The Clinton Item)

Schools plan for extended closures (Lowell Sun)

'Not set up for online learning': Brockton struggles to get enough devices for students (The Enterprise)

Asked to dress as a superhero, this Plymouth second grader dressed up as his grandfather, a doctor (Patriot Ledger)

As spring sports season falls victim to coronavirus, student athletes try to take it in stride (Taunton Daily News)

So Attleboro area schools are closed through May 4: now what? (The Sun Chronicle)

"Silvia Stars": Fall River school forms online connection with students (Herald News)

Homeschooling becomes new normal across South Coast as coronavirus extends closures (South Coast Today)

Missing your teacher? Provincetown hosting school-wide video conferencing (WCAI)

Teachers reach out by video to keep music students learning, engaged (Cape Cod Times)

Coronavirus News: Friday, March 20, 2020

As schools look for guidance, educators are left asking "What?" (New York Times)

Coronavirus and poverty: a mother skips her meals so her children can eat (New York Times)

Am I doing enough? As districts try remote learning for students with disabilities, challenges lie ahead (Chalkbeat)

Is online school illegal? With schools closing from coronavirus, special education concerns give educators pause (U.S.A. Today)

L.A. superintendent says district must continue to provide social safety net during closure (WBUR Here and Now)

Schools and daycare closures present a challenge for many parents (WGBH)

Editorial: Coronavirus means schools must prepare for extended closure (Springfield Republican)

High school seniors concerned about cancelling graduation (Western Mass News)

Rep. Neal, Superintendent Warwick visit Springfield student feeding site (MassLive)

Letter to the Editor: Online not an option for everyone (The Greenfield Recorder)

Meals to go program rolled out for Worcester children (Worcester Telegram & Gazette)

Fitchburg schools encouraging learning during closure (Sentinel and Enterprise)

School's out: here's how Metrowest districts are handling coronavirus closure (Metrowest Daily News)

Milton High student among new cases (The Patriot Ledger)

Greater New Bedford schools stay connected to students (South Coast Today)

State lawmakers seek to postpone local elections amid pandemic (Boston Herald)

Column: Homeschooling tips for all of you suddenly homeschooling newbies (Washington Post)

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)

Coronavirus News: Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Kansas first state to shutdown schools for the rest of the year (EdWeek)

California governor says few if any schools likely to reopen this school year (Washington Post)

Coronavirus looks different in children than in adults (Washington Post)

Ready or not, a new era of homeschooling has begun (The Hechinger Report)

Coronavirus triple duty: working, parenting, and teaching from home (NPR)

School shutdown highlights technology divide among Massachusetts schools (Gloucester News)

As coronavirus fears mount, parents of teens wonder how much freedom is too much (WGBH)

For shuttered schools, path ahead amid virus fears clouded with uncertainty (The Berkshire Eagle)

Schools support families with proper nutrition amid closure (The Berkshire Edge)

Mount Greylock looking to keep kids fed during closure (iBerkshires)

Franklin County spring coaches trying to remain optimistic (Greenfield Recorder)

School employees keep Gardner students fed amid closure (The Gardner News)

Worcester parents worry about how to provide childcare, learning, structure amid closure (Worcester Telegram & Gazette)

Westborough postpones town election, town meeting (Community Advocate)

Framingham child exposed to virus went to school, was never tested (Metrowest Daily News)

Pentucket Regional partners with Whittier, Our Neighbor's Table (Newburyport News)

Milford closes playgrounds due to coronavirus (Milford Daily News)

Brockton schools drop free shuttle, add free meal pick up sites (The Enterprise)

Lunch is served; Quincy schools feeding kids (The Patriot Ledger)

Construction on Attleboro High continues, though worries about slowed supplies during coronavirus (The Sun Chronicle)

School staff making the best of the situation (The Herald News)

Fall River schools move April vacation to first week of April (The Herald News)

Boston students hungry for more than food on first day of school closure (The Boston Globe)