The state is recommending schools maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet and require masks for staff and children in Grade 2 and above.
And districts are required to create plans to start the school year in three different scenarios: in-person learning, remote learning and a hybrid model that could see students alternating in-person instruction on a daily or weekly basis.
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on Thursday released its first round of reopening guidance for the commonwealth's primary and secondary schools.
"Continued isolation poses very real risks to our kids mental and physical health, and to their educational development," said Gov. Charlie Baker at Thursday afternoon's announcement of the guidance. "This plan will allow schools to responsibly do the best for students bring them back to school to learn and grow."
The Boston Globe obtained a leaked copy of the 24-page memo and published a story late Wednesday night. The commonwealth's superintendents received a briefing from the commissioner of education on Thursday morning.
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