Much of the return to campus will be paid for with funds from the American Rescue Plan passed into law in March. Part of this law was the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), which "provides direct one-time federal funding to the campus." Despite this, the $200 million of lost revenue due to pandemic schooling raises questions about when UMass will return to previous levels of revenue.
The reversion of schools to remote learning will no longer be dependent on the city's percent positivity rate or case numbers, as decided by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley on March 5.
Gabriel Abbott Memorial in Florida, Emma L. Miller and Rowe elementary schools reopened for in-person learning in September; Clarksburg has been operating with a hybrid model, largely because some classes are too large to properly distance within the building.
Superintendent Barbara Malkas last week said the single positive case was limited to a classroom and adjacent bathrooms, all of which were sanitized, and that everyone in contact with the individual was informed.
Steven Miller, a Williams College mathematics professor and member of the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee, has long been critical of the red-yellow-green-gray system the Department of Public Health created this summer to categorize municipalities.
Beginning Monday, Oct. 5, Grades 1 through 5 will attend in person all day, Monday through Friday. Kindergarten and Grades 6 to 8 will go half-days in school and half-days remote, also Monday through Friday, with two cohorts switching between mornings and afternoons.
Appearing with Baker at his regular press availability, Riley twice declined to say what enforcement actions the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will take against more than a dozen districts who last week received a letter challenging their preference for remote learning to start the year.
Continuing a pressure campaign against local school districts that began over the summer, the commissioner of education this week sent multiple districts a letter requesting "further information" of those who are beginning the school year with remote instruction.
The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Tuesday night approved a number of modifications to the memorandum of agreement with the district's union about procedures related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The state is focusing right now on the "dangerously high levels of transmission" in the communities Chelsea, Everett, Lynn, Lawrence and Revere. Field teams of volunteers have been working in those communities distributing more than 4,000 bottles of hand sanitizer, 500 signs and 17,000 flyers with information on how to stop the spread. Framingham will be added to this group as well.