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Massachusetts public schools commissioner outlines remote learning plan

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Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Commissioner Jeffrey Riley has outlined Massachusetts' vision for remote learning while schools across the commonwealth are closed due to COVID-19.

In a letter to parents, Riley touched on remote learning and what Massachusetts has done to enact it, including a partnership with WGBH and WGBY public television. 

Riley also reiterated that schools do not have to make up days lost to the coronavirus cancellations beyond the five snow days already booked. Schools are tentatively schedule to open classes on May 4.

MCAS testing is required by state and federal law, according to Riley. But Massachusetts has received an initial federal waiver and is deciding how to administer the test that is required for high school graduation.

The full letter is below.


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