Instead of the original Monday deadline, school districts now have until Friday to submit their final reopening plans to the state.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education had been allowing districts to request extensions to give local school committees time to vote on a final plan. On Thursday, Commissioner Jeff Riley told superintendents on a weekly call that he was willing to push back the Aug. 10 deadline because some districts had asked for such extensions, a spokeswoman for the Executive Office of Education said.

The website for plan submission now lists Aug. 14 as a deadline. The department is asking districts to submit a plan that prioritizes the model — all in-person, all remote or a hybrid — that their school committee or board of directors has voted on to begin the school year, but must include a strategy for all three models.


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