BOSTON — The deadline for Massachusetts school districts to submit their plans for reopening schools amid the coronavirus pandemic to state education officials was Friday.
Districts are required to prepare plans for three different scenarios: in-person classes, remote learning, or a hybrid of the two options.
A number of districts have already said they’d focus on online classes, or a mix of in-person and remote work, at least for the start of the academic year.
- Athol announced it will begin the school year remotely on Sept. 14.
- Boston, the state’s largest public school system, will begin the school year with a fully remote learning model before transitioning to a hybrid model. The first day of school will be Sept. 21.
- Boxford voted 3-2 to start remotely with a phased-in hybrid return.
- Middleton Public Schools will return to school in-person full time starting in September. The decision was made in a Middleton School Committee meeting with a 4-1 vote. Remote learning will be an option for families who do not want their children back in the classroom.
- Revere will start the year remote. Superintendent Dianne Kelly said the district wants to bring in English learners and special needs students in some capacity.
- Saugus is planning for a hybrid return to school.
- Springfield, the state’s third-largest city, has confirmed it will take a similar approach and potentially switch to a hybrid model later in the year, as will Cambridge, Somerville, and Lynn public schools.
- Topsfield voted 5-0 for a phased return to school, which means students will begin remotely and move to a hybrid.
- Worcester, the state’s second-largest city, announced it will start the year with online classes, at least through mid-November. The first day of school is Sept. 15.
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