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COVID-19 Guidance/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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Protocols for Responding to COVID-19 Scenarios — November 23, 2020
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Updates to Guidance on Interpreting DPH COVID-19 Health Metrics — November 6, 2020
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Response to questions about Governor Baker's November 2 revised executive order on masks — November 3, 2020
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Abbott Labs/BinaxNOW Webinar Recording
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Abbott Labs/BinaxNOW Webinar Presentation
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Phase I — BinaxNOW Rapid Point of Care COVID-19 Testing for K-12 Schools
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October 12, 2020 Installment of FAQs
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Guidance for Courses Requiring Additional Safety Considerations for Fall 2020, July 24, 2020 (Updated October 13, 2020)
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September 21, 2020 Installment of FAQs
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Reporting Requirement for Positive COVID-19 Cases and Mobile Response Overview — September 18, 2020
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Protocols for Responding to COVID-19 Scenarios, July 17, 2020 (Updated September 14 and November 23, 2020)
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Protocol for Requesting Mobile Rapid Response Units — September 11, 2020
 
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Supplemental Guidance for Student Groups and School Events for School Year 2020-2021
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Career/Vocational Technical Education Reopening Guidelines — Revised August 31, 2020
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Teachers and Critical Support Staff in Remote Learning Districts, Vulnerable Students, Children of Teachers, Regional Calculations, and SOA Deadline — August 21, 2020
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Key Municipality List
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Access to Mobile Testing — August 20, 2020
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Joint Memo Clarifying Key Health and Safety Requirements for Schools — August 19, 2020
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DPH-DESE Alignment Slides
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DESE-DPH Joint Memo
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Joint Guidance on Modified Sports Seasons for School Year 2020-21 — August 18, 2020
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MIAA-DESE Sports Guidance
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Guidance Memo to Private K-12 Schools, July 29, 2020
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Guidance for Districts and Schools on Interpreting DPH COVID-19 Metrics — August 11, 2020 (Updated November 6, 2020)
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Feedback on Preliminary Fall Reopening Plans — August 6, 2020
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Feedback on Preliminary Fall Reopening Plans, August 6, 2020
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Submission Process for Final Fall Reopening Plans due August 10 — August 5, 2020
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Remote Learning Partner Information — August 4, 2020
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Remote Learning Partner Information
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Adult and Community Learning Services Fall Reopening Guidance, August 2020
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Supplemental Information for Science Courses and Laboratory Work for Fall 2020 — August 3, 2020
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Creating Positive Learning Environments: Recommendations and Resources to Support the Social Emotional Well-being of Students, Staff, and Families — August 3, 2020
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Student Learning Time Waiver Process — July 30, 2020
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Process to Request a Modification of Structured Learning Time Requirements, July 30, 2020
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Career/Vocational Technical Education Reopening Guidelines — July 29, 2020
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Career/Vocational Technical Education Reopening Guidelines
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Additional Staff Training Days this Fall — July 27, 2020
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Memorandum of Understanding Between DESE, MTA, AFT-MA, and BTU
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Guidance on Courses Requiring Additional Safety Considerations and Remote Learning — July 24, 2020
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Remote Learning Guidance for Fall 2020 (Updated October 19, 2020)
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Guidance for Courses Requiring Additional Safety Considerations for Fall 2020
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Transportation and Facilities Guidance — July 22, 2020
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Fall Reopening Transportation Guidance, July 22, 2020
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Fall Reopening Facilities and Operations Guidance, July 22, 2020
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Protocols for Responding to COVID-19 Scenarios, July 17, 2020 (Updated September 14 and November 23, 2020)
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Two-Step Process and Online Form/Template for Fall Reopening Plans — July 15, 2020
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Two-Step Process for District Fall Reopening Plans, July 15, 2020
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Additional Guidance on Fall Reopening Plans — July 10, 2020
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Fall Reopening Frequently Asked Questions, as of July 10, 2020
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Comprehensive Special Education Guidance for the 2020-21 School Year — July 9, 2020
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Comprehensive Special Education Guidance for the 2020-21 School Year Memo — minor text updates made 7/23/2020
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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 School Reopening Guidance — June 25, 2020 (Translated versions)
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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: November 23, 2020

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District and school staff's questions can be directed to: Reopeningk12@mass.gov

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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
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