476 new COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts K-12 Schools

Boston Statehouse

BOSTON (SHNS) – A total of 476 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in Massachusetts schools from the week of Feb. 25 to March 3, according to figures reported to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The total includes 343 cases among students participating in at least some in-person learning and 133 among staff with district building access.

The numbers are below the 373 student cases and 209 staff cases logged from Feb. 11 to Feb. 24, a two-week span that included February school vacation week. Methuen reported the most student cases this week, with 13, followed by Hopedale’s 10. Boston (7) and Quincy (6) had the highest numbers for staff cases.

This week’s school case numbers land a day before the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is set to vote on whether to grant Commissioner Jeff Riley the authority to determine when hybrid and remote models will no longer count towards required student learning time.

Agenda Items:

  1. Supporting a Return to In-person Instruction
    1. Overview and Panel Presentation by Health Experts
    2. Proposed Regulatory Amendments: 603 CMR 27.00, for Emergency Adoption  — Discussion and Vote
      Attachments:
      1. 603 CMR 27.00 Strikethrough version of regulation showing proposed amendments 
      2. February 28, 2021 physician letter 
      3. Motion
  2. Early College and Innovation Pathways Update  — Discussion

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Members

  • Ms. Katherine Craven, Chair, Brookline
  • Mr. James Morton, Vice Chair, Boston
  • Mr. Jasper Coughlin, Billerica, Student Member
  • Ms. Amanda Fernández, Belmont
  • Mr. Matt Hills, Newton
  • Ms. Darlene Lombos, Boston
  • Mr. Michael Moriarty, Holyoke
  • Mr. James Peyser, Secretary of Education, Milton
  • Mr. Paymon Rouhanifard, Brookline
  • Ms. Mary Ann Stewart, Lexington
  • Dr. Martin West, Newton

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