Massachusetts Department of Education urges 16 school districts in ‘low-risk’ COVID-19 communities to return to in-person learning

The Massachusetts Department of Education is pressuring 16 communities and school districts, which the state deemed “low risk” COVID-19 areas, to return to in-person learning.

In a letter signed by the Department of Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley, the agency said its guidelines only recommend remote learning for communities designated as “high risk.” The letter was sent to 16 communities that the state deemed low risk who continue to exclusively offer remote learning.

“In light of the stark discrepancy between local public health data and your reopening plan, I am requesting a timeline by which you anticipate providing in-person instruction for the majority of your students including in-person instruction for vulnerable populations,” Riley said in the letter.

The 16 communities and school districts included:

  • Amesbury
  • Belmont
  • Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public (District)
  • Bourne
  • Boxford
  • East Longmeadow
  • Gardner
  • Gill-Montague
  • Hoosac Valley Regional
  • Manchester Essex Regional
  • Mohawk Trail
  • Hawlemont
  • Pittsfield
  • Provincetown
  • Watertown
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20 mn girls may never return to school, warns Malala



Ziauddin Yousafzai wearing a costume: 20 mn girls may never return to school, warns Malala


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20 mn girls may never return to school, warns Malala

Islamabad, Sep 20 (IANS) Pakistani education activist and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai has warned that as many as 20 million girls may never return to schools even after the global Covid-19 crisis is over, the media reported on Sunday.

Speaking at a side event of the UN General Assembly on Friday, Malala acknowledged that Covid-19 had been “a striking setback to our collective goals”, such as educating women, reports Dawn news.

“On education alone, 20 million more girls may never go back to the classroom when this crisis ends (and) the global education funding gap has already increased to $200 billion per year,” she said.

Malala, who became of the face of Taliban brutality when she was shot in the head for going to school in the Swat valley, reminded the international community that sustainable global goals, set

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As special education students return to school, what are they owed?

Erin Maguire, director of equity and inclusion in the Essex-Westford School District, said it’s indisputable that schools need to be thinking about “repair and support and intervention.” File photo by Bob LoCicero/VTDigger

Patrick Richardson, a rising senior at Essex High, has autism and is considered nonverbal. He can beatbox, sing, and hum — and frequently does — but speaking is difficult.

At school, he used to receive a slew of specialized supports. He met often with a case manager, and he also got regular physical therapy. Most crucial, though, according to his mother, Melissa Bronson, was the speech therapy he got four times a week.

When the pandemic forced classes to go online in the spring, Bronson said the school did check in often, and tried to find ways to deliver his services remotely. But Patrick had a hard time understanding why he was expected to do schoolwork from home,

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It’s still not safe for students to return to school, Warwick superintendent says

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) ─ While the majority of Rhode Island’s schools are back in session, Superintendent Philip Thornton argues that it is still unsafe for students in Warwick to return to the classroom in person.

The Warwick School Committee, which opted to begin the school year virtually, was considering switching to a hybrid learning plan for all of its students, but Thornton said the district needs to address the ventilation concerns flagged by walkthrough teams in all of the city’s 20 school buildings.

“I don’t believe it is safe to bring students in and open a window and just put a fan in,” Thornton said. “To me, I think that’s inherently unsafe.”

The district has already said it plans to purchase 600 air purifiers using CARES Act funding and estimates that both the purchase and installation, as well as the electrical upgrades needed to support them, will take roughly two

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