Brockton students return to classrooms for the first time in nearly a year

BROCKTON, Mass. — Starting Tuesday, some students in Brockton will return to school for the first time in nearly a year.

The school district closed schools 49 weeks ago.

A group of special education students will start hybrid learning on Tuesday.

They will be broken into groups and will have two days of in-person learning each week. They will learn from home the other days.

The rest of the student body will be welcomed back to school for in-person learning in phases starting on March 2.

To start, they’ll be in school one day a week with remote learning the other four days. After a few weeks, this will increase to two in-person learning days a week.

Students and staff are required to wear masks in school, and each classroom will be limited to 25% capacity to start.

The district has installed air purifiers, and desks will be spaced at least six feet apart.

The city had previously pushed back the school reopening date as COVID-19 cases continued to climb.

Brockton has been one of the cities hit hardest by the pandemic, with a current positive test rate of 5% and an average of 28 daily cases per 100,000 people.

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