This page will provide information for schools about the coronavirus known as COVID-19 and will be updated as additional guidance is available. School districts should also consult the state Department of Public Health's COVID-19 page at www.mass.gov/covid19 and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidance for schools.
Press Release: Statewide School Mask Requirement Will Be Lifted February 28 (February 9, 2022)
Press Release: Baker-Polito Administration Announces Weekly At-Home Tests Available for Students and Staff Enrolled in State's Testing Programs (January 18, 2022)
Press Release: Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Riley Extends Mask Requirement in Schools (January 10, 2022)
Press Release: Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Riley Extends Mask Requirement in Schools (October 26, 2021)
Press Release: Education Commissioner Riley to Ask Board to Grant Him Authority to Mandate Masks for All K-12 Public Schools to Provide Time to Increase Vaccinations (August 20, 2021)
Commissioner's Weekly Update
Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) Information on the Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
CDC Frequently Asked Questions and Answers: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and Children, Find answers about the risk of children contacting COVID-19, ways to protect children, and symptoms of COVID-19.
U.S. Department of Education COVID-19 ("Coronavirus") Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel
Department of Homeland Security Pandemic, Helping Children Cope
REMS Toolbox Contains templates for parent communication letters such as Parent Letter: H1N1 Waterbury Public Schools (Connecticut) and Parent Letters and Posters: H1N1 District of Columbia Public Schools
CDC Checklist for Teachers, Parents, and Administrators
Last Updated: January 23, 2023
Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH): Information on the Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance for schools
Parents and guardians questions can be directed to COVID19K12ParentInfo@mass.gov
District and school staff's questions can be directed to: Reopeningk12@mass.gov
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
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