In August, Massachusetts instituted a color-coded system for assessing COVID risk in reopening schools, labeling school districts green, yellow or red based on the rate of COVID infections in the surrounding community.
While schools in red districts were originally meant to stay closed, Jeffrey Riley, the state’s commissioner of elementary and secondary education (DESE), later announced that schools in communities labeled red should not close unless the district had been in the red for three consecutive weeks.
Last week, Gov. Charlie Baker, Education Secretary James Peyser and Riley further modified the DESE guidance, advising that schools remain open regardless of the infection rate in the surrounding community.
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