Gov. Baker Stresses In-Person Learning As Some Districts Delay Return


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SALEM, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Gov. Charlie Baker is making it crystal clear: remote learning days don't count in the eyes of the state. His comments came after a push by the Massachusetts Teachers Association to cancel school on Monday to allow time to get teachers tested for COVID after the holidays.

"There was all kinds of talk last week about how school won't open in Massachusetts today. School did," he said.

He made the comments during a press appearance at the Staltonstall School in Salem. Several school districts remained closed on Monday despite the state's refusal to close all schools, including Cambridge, Sharon, Lexington and Burlington. Cambridge is closed until Wednesday.

The governor said schools that closed would eventually need to make up the time, and remote days don't count either. All of those days will need to be made up like taking too many snow days.

"The rules here are pretty simple: we count in-person school as school," he said. He said all districts will need to give their students 180 days of in-person learning this year.

WBZ's Shari Small (@ShariSmallNews) reports:


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