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COVID-19 On the Desktop Messages

The Department uses On the Desktop messages to communicate directly with superintendents and other district officials. During the COVID-19 pandemic, DESE has also been sending On the Desktop messages to private schools. If you are a district or private school leader and have not been receiving these messages, please make sure that the contact information in our online directory is accurate. If you are a public school district, and your information needs to be updated, please work with the directory administrator for your district to make the needed change. If you are a private school leader and need to update your information, please email Kerrie Anastas .

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Remote Learning Technology Essentials Grant and Purchasing PPE — July 6, 2020
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Comprehensive Summer School Guidance — July 1, 2020
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Comprehensive Summer School Guidance
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Initial Fall School Reopening Guidance — June 25, 2020
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Initial Fall Reopening Guidance Presentation
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Mass Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics Endorsement
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Opinion by Joseph G. Allen: Yes, kids should be going back to school in the fall
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Summer and Vacation Learning Program Grant Posted — June 19, 2020
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New SOA Plan Deadline — June 15, 2020
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Summer/Vacation Learning Program Grant — June 11, 2020
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Acquisition Support for Safety Supplies — June 10, 2020
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K-12 Health Supply/PPE Acquisition Support
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Health Supply/PPE Estimate spreadsheet form
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Message about Summer 2020 Special Education Services — June 7, 2020
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Guidance about Summer 2020 Special Education Services
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Required Safety Supplies for Re-Opening Schools — June 5, 2020
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Guidance on Required Safety Supplies for Re-Opening Schools
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Competitive Team Building Exercise with Commissioner Riley — June 5, 2020
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Initial Guidance on Summer School Message — June 4, 2020
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Initial Guidance on Summer School Document
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Help with P-EBT Card Use — June 3, 2020
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Update on CD Requirements for Classes of 2021-23 — May 26, 2020
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Upcoming Grant for Summer and Vacation Programs — May 22, 2020
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High School Graduation Guidelines from DPH/HHS — May 21, 2020
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Return to School Working Group — May 14, 2020
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Remote Learning Survey — May 13, 2020
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Letter to Families and High School Guidance — May 8, 2020
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Letter to Families
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High School Guidance
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CARES Act RFP Available — May 8, 2020
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Advanced Placement Testing Guidelines — May 7, 2020
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Update on Competency Requirements for Class of 2020 — April 29, 2020
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FEMA Disaster Reimbursement — April 27, 2020
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School Year Requirements — April 24, 2020
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Updated Remote Learning Guidance — April 24, 2020
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Schools to Remain Closed Through End of School Year — April 21, 2020
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Special Education Tuition Guidance from the Operational Services Division — April 17, 2020
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Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) — April 14, 2020
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Tips for Safe Videoconferencing — April 13, 2020
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Legislation Enacted on MCAS, SOA Plans, and Regional School District Budgets — April 10, 2020
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USED Approves Massachusetts Waiver Request for ESSA Grants Due to COVID-19 — April 8, 2020
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April Vacation — April 3, 2020
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Extension of Deadlines for Non-Resident Chapter 74 Admissions — April 1, 2020
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Letter to Families about Remote Learning During COVID-19 — March 30, 2020
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USDA Reimbursements for All Districts and Online Advanced Placement Tutoring — March 30, 2020
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Recommendation on Payments for Contracted Services — March 27, 2020
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Remote Learning Recommendations During COVID-19 School Closures — March 26, 2020
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Professional Licensure Extensions — March 21, 2020
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Payments to Hourly Employees — March 20, 2020
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Update for Private Schools — March 19, 2020
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Suspending K12 Operations — March 15, 2020
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Coronavirus Guidance from Conference Call — March 13,2020
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Coronavirus Updates on 180-Day Requirement and More — March 10, 2020
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Coronavirus update and conference call with DESE and DPH — March 5, 2020

Last Updated: July 7, 2020

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Parents and guardians questions can be directed to COVID19K12ParentInfo@mass.gov

MTEL questions can be directed to TestHelp@doe.mass.edu

Questions related to educator licensure in Massachusetts, please call the Licensure Call Center: 781-338-6600, Hours: Monday-Friday 9am–1pm & 2pm–5pm.

Helene Bettencourt
Associate Commissioner
Phone: 781-338-3120

 
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