Worcester plans to seek waiver to school return requirements

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The school superintendent in Massachusetts’ second-largest city says she will seek a waiver to rules announced earlier this week by state education officials requiring districts to move to full-time, in-person learning by April.

Worcester Superintendent Maureen Binienda told The Telegram & Gazette on Wednesday the district already has a plan for a return to the classroom and she doesn’t want to upend it.

The state is requiring a return to full-time, in-person classes for elementary school students on April 5 and for middle school students on April 28. The return date for high school students remains undetermined.

Binienda said she will seek a waiver to put off the start of full-time, in-person learning for kindergarten through eighth grade in Worcester until May 3. The district has plans to brings some high needs students to the classroom part-time later this month. Worcester is currently still in remote learning.

If the district’s waivers are denied she said she would have to meet with the school committee to discuss the situation.

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