Education officials begin publishing data on COVID-19 cases in districts with in-person learning

Education officials begin publishing data on COVID-19 cases in districts with in-person learning


For the first time, Massachusetts education officials have published data on the number of positive COVID-19 cases in school districts that have hybrid or fully in-person learning models.According to the data provided by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 63 students involved with in-person or hybrid instruction tested positive for the virus between Sept. 24 and Sept. 30. During that same week, 34 staff members had been inside a district building within seven days of testing positive for the virus. Merrie Najimy, the president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, called the data “troubling and frustrating.” Her organization had opposed the state’s plan for in-person learning, citing concern over COVID-19 and safety measures. “While nothing can replace in-person learning in normal times, reopening schools too soon and too quickly puts the people of the Commonwealth on a collision course with the coronavirus. The hard work to reduce the spread of COVID-19 is in danger of being undone, and our biggest fear is that the lack of support from the state for safe and sensible school reopening strategies will further delay our ability to resume full in-person learning,” Najimy said. Going forward, DESE said its weekly report on cases linked to school districts will be issued on Thursdays. The Department of Public health publishes statewide data about COVID-19 cases every evening and weekly data about the number of new positive tests in each city and town on Wednesdays.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Mobile users: Click here to search the database for your school district

For the first time, Massachusetts education officials have published data on the number of positive COVID-19 cases in school districts that have hybrid or fully in-person learning models.

According to the data provided by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 63 students involved with in-person or hybrid instruction tested positive for the virus between Sept. 24 and Sept. 30.

During that same week, 34 staff members had been inside a district building within seven days of testing positive for the virus.

Merrie Najimy, the president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, called the data “troubling and frustrating.” Her organization had opposed the state’s plan for in-person learning, citing concern over COVID-19 and safety measures.

“While nothing can replace in-person learning in normal times, reopening schools too soon and too quickly puts the people of the Commonwealth on a collision course with the coronavirus. The hard work to reduce the spread of COVID-19 is in danger of being undone, and our biggest fear is that the lack of support from the state for safe and sensible school reopening strategies will further delay our ability to resume full in-person learning,” Najimy said.

Going forward, DESE said its weekly report on cases linked to school districts will be issued on Thursdays.

The Department of Public health publishes statewide data about COVID-19 cases every evening and weekly data about the number of new positive tests in each city and town on Wednesdays.

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