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State education officials reject call by teachers union to keep schools closed Monday

A delay in receiving the promised COVID-19 kits prompted some districts to cancel classes on their own.

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Student, Emma Low, takes part in a pooled COVID-19 testing program at the Nock-Molin Middle School in Newburyport, Massachusetts.


Massachusetts officials on Friday rebuffed calls by the state’s largest teachers union for schools to remain closed Monday, following a snag in the state’s plan to provide COVID-19 rapid-test kits to educators before classes resume.

A delay in receiving the promised kits prompted some districts to cancel classes on their own, to allow time for employees to ensure they are virus free before returning to work after the holiday break.

But the office of state Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley doubled down on its plan to forge ahead with classes, saying Friday that shutting schools for an additional day would be “to the extreme detriment of our children.”

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