BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Sixteen communities rated 'low risk' for COVID-19 transmission but not in school learning have a letter from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education asking for a plant to get kids into classrooms.
The governor and the education commissioner want districts to follow the science, meaning if there is a low risk of infection, then physical school should be in session. Most COVID-19 decisions have been left to cities and towns.
Governor Charlie Baker was asked why one town was not chosen:
If you are a low-risk district, and you've been a low-risk district for eight weeks, and you have no plans to return to in-person learning when most people in the education, and the public health, and the pediatric community all believe that in-person learning, especially for young kids, is a critical part of their educational and social development, we want to know what your plan is to get back. I don't think that's bullying. I think it's a perfectly appropriate question to ask.
The latest COVID-19 numbers from the Massachusetts Department of Health list the total number of confirmed cases at 126,863.
WBZ NewsRadio's Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) reports