Mass. School Year Reduced By 10 Days Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Schools in Massachusetts will start 10 days later this fall. The Massachusetts Department of Education and Secondary Education has decided to reduce the school year from 180 days to 170 days to give teachers more time to prepare during the coronavirus pandemic.

This would apply for both in-class and remote learning.

The Massachusetts Teachers Association said this is just the first major victory, but more action needs to be taken to ensure school buildings are safe when in-person learning becomes feasible.

The union said it has other demands, including cancelling the requirement for fully in-person learning plans and that an environmental health and safety assessment for every school building.

Under the new terms, would must reopen no later than Sept. 16.

WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports

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