Mass. Coalition Wants Conditions Met Before In-Person Return To Schools

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A coalition of school-affiliated groups is asking for 16 conditions to be met before in-person school resumes in the Commonwealth this fall.

The Coalition to Safely Reopen Schools consists of groups like the Massachusetts Teachers Association and the Massachusetts Nurses Association.

Members want very specific things to happen before school gets going again in-person, like personal protective equipment for all, social distancing enforcements, and upgrades to the ventilation systems.

According to Karen Roberto, a school nurse in Medford, having well ventilated buildings is a necessity if staff and students are expected to gather indoors again.

"For years, even with newer schools, ventilation is usually low on the budget," Roberto said. "We see kids with the flu and colds, and it just goes rampant throughout the school system."

The Coalition also wants more attention to be paid to what happens to students who test positive for COVID-19. Roberto said there are isolation rooms being put up, but that they should be near to a nurse's office so sick students don't walk through the school.

WBZ NewsRadio's Karyn Regal reports:

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