Schools in low-risk communities should re-open for in-person learning, Gov. Baker says

Boston Statehouse

BOSTON (WWLP) – Governor Charlie Baker is urging communities in Massachusetts with low COVID case numbers to offer in-person learning.

Some cities and towns are seeing a slight uptick in cases which has prompted them to close their schools, but Gov. Baker reminded municipal officials today that just a few days does not represent a trend.

Gov. Baker is calling on school committees to look at three weeks worth of public health data before making a decision on closing schools. Baker attributed an uptick in cases to isolated incidents, like an outbreak at a nursing home or a large gathering which doesn’t always affect school re-opening plans.

“There are communities that bounce up and bounce down and in many cases, it’s because of a single event or a single institution that creates that and that’s why we think it’s really important for people to look for trends,” Gov. Baker said.

At the beginning of the month, close to 70 percent of Massachusetts schools were offering some form of in-person learning.

Gov. Baker said if communities are in the grey or green on our COVID tracking map, students should be back in the classroom.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Pass or Fail

Pandemic PASS or FAIL: A Solutions Special

How one state is sending thousands of WiFi hotspots to keep students in school

'Smart Buses' roll WiFi to students without access

How broadband access has become a safety issue in rural Mathews County

Old learning concept can help students without resources learn online amid the pandemic

How employers can support employees whose children have to do remote learning

A Live Chat on Education Equity: Workplace Learning Centers

How one school district is closing the equity gap with a school bus and a card table

The solutions a charter school found to foster relationships virtually

More Pass or Fail

State Police Overtime Scandal

More State Police Overtime Investigation

Trending Stories

Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases

Coronavirus News

More Coronavirus

Donate Today