5 on Education: Reopening schools in Massachusetts

Cristopher Centers

Your children may have just returned to school, or they’re starting in the next few days, and to say this will be an unusual, stressful experience is an understatement.WCVB’s “5 on Education” takes a look at some of the new realities as students and school staff return to class, and […]

Your children may have just returned to school, or they’re starting in the next few days, and to say this will be an unusual, stressful experience is an understatement.WCVB’s “5 on Education” takes a look at some of the new realities as students and school staff return to class, and some of the challenges. 5 on Education: District-by-District reopening plansA school year like no other is underway Nearly 70 percent of public school districts in the state opted for a “hybrid” schedule — a combination of in-school classes and remote learning. Most of the remaining schools are remote — at least for the start of the year.Some districts have been forced to make last-minute changes following large gatherings of students or an increase in COVID-19 cases in their communities.The pandemic is further highlighting disparities in the education system like never before.READ: A school year like no other is underway Transportation challenges vary from district to districtThe learning process for our children has been turned upside down since March.Much of the focus has been on classes and teaching. But what about the transportation?Before the pandemic, about 42 percent of all students in the state were relying on a bus to get to school.The pandemic means changes on-board buses and how drivers are being thrust into a new role.READ: Transportation challenges vary from district to districtWorking parents’ rights ‘limited’ during pandemicIt’s something many parents are worried about: You’re working remotely, and so is your child.But then the boss calls and says, “The office is open, come on back.”So, what are your rights as a working parent when your child must be home?READ: Working parents’ rights ‘limited’ during pandemicExperts weigh in on kids’ physical, emotional healthEvery day we learn more about how the coronavirus pandemic impacts children — both physically and mentally.And as kids return to school, local experts believe these new challenges will present an opportunity.READ: Experts weigh in on kids’ physical, emotional 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

Your children may have just returned to school, or they’re starting in the next few days, and to say this will be an unusual, stressful experience is an understatement.

WCVB’s “5 on Education” takes a look at some of the new realities as students and school staff return to class, and some of the challenges.


5 on Education: District-by-District reopening plans


A school year like no other is underway

Nearly 70 percent of public school districts in the state opted for a “hybrid” schedule — a combination of in-school classes and remote learning. Most of the remaining schools are remote — at least for the start of the year.

Some districts have been forced to make last-minute changes following large gatherings of students or an increase in COVID-19 cases in their communities.

The pandemic is further highlighting disparities in the education system like never before.

READ: A school year like no other is underway


Transportation challenges vary from district to district

The learning process for our children has been turned upside down since March.

Much of the focus has been on classes and teaching. But what about the transportation?

Before the pandemic, about 42 percent of all students in the state were relying on a bus to get to school.

The pandemic means changes on-board buses and how drivers are being thrust into a new role.

READ: Transportation challenges vary from district to district


Working parents’ rights ‘limited’ during pandemic

It’s something many parents are worried about: You’re working remotely, and so is your child.

But then the boss calls and says, “The office is open, come on back.”

So, what are your rights as a working parent when your child must be home?

READ: Working parents’ rights ‘limited’ during pandemic


Experts weigh in on kids’ physical, emotional health

Every day we learn more about how the coronavirus pandemic impacts children — both physically and mentally.

And as kids return to school, local experts believe these new challenges will present an opportunity.

READ: Experts weigh in on kids’ physical, emotional health


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