With the Friday, Aug. 14, deadline to submit final school reopening plans looming large over many Massachusetts School Committees, a dozen or so districts in Western Massachusetts and Worcester County have figured it out.
Faced with COVID-19 challenges, school districts are, mostly, choosing among three plans: remote education, in-class education, or a hybrid of in-class and remote learning.
Districts also need to consider when the first day of school will be; Massachusetts is allowing schools to choose when to start - with Sept. 16 being the latest date possible. Typically, Massachusetts schools would open around Sept. 1.
Ultimately, it is up to parents and guardians whether their students will return to in-class education in the fall. The Massachusets Commissioner of Education has said that regardless of the plan a school district comes up with, parents can choose remote learning for their children.
Here are the Hampshire County school districts that have submitted finalized reopening plans to the state department of education. (If your school district has finalized a plan and it's not listed here, send a note to email@example.com.):
Belchertown - Hybrid learning for younger students; full remote education for high schoolers
Hampshire Regional - Hybrid
Easthampton - Fully remote
Gateway School District - Limited in-person classes
Granby - Start remote, phase to hybrid
South Hadley - Fully remote
Southampton - Hybrid (elementary school).
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