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Let us know: Should Massachusetts schools reopen?

We want to hear about how you think schools should reopen in your region.

Teaching assistant Crystal May talks to kindergarten student Lewis Henry Thompson, 5, as she takes his temperature at Newton County Elementary School in Decatur, Miss., Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. Janine Vincent/Newton County Schools via AP

Next month, students across Massachusetts will be heading back to school — how exactly they’ll reopen is still becoming clear.

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Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley instructed school districts to prepare for three options; a full return to in-person schooling, a hybrid of in-person and online education, and fully online classes. Each school or district’s reopening plan may differ, and many have yet to be released.  

Mayor Marty Walsh indicated last week that fully in-person classes for Boston Public School students are not going to be an option. Both Worcester and Somerville announced that they intend to send students back with a hybrid of in-person and online classes called a ‘hopscotch model.’ The plan splits students into two groups; the first group attends classes in-person on Mondays and Tuesdays, the second group attends classes on Thursdays and Fridays, and schools are closed on Wednesdays for cleaning. More school districts are expected to release their plans in the coming weeks. 

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When classes transitioned online back in March, many students found virtual education more difficult to engage with, and graduating seniors expressed frustration and sadness at losing the social and cultural milestones that come toward the end of high school. At the same time, many students and parents are nervous about returning to in-person classes before a coronavirus vaccine is available. 

Are you in a region with low infection rates, and hoping to mask your student up to go back to school in September? Are you in Boston, working remote, and crossing your fingers that your school will be fully remote, too? Tell us how you think school reopenings should be conducted in your area in the survey below, or by emailing [email protected]

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