Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Commissioner is moving on regulation request: Board meets Friday

 DESE has posted a Board of Ed meeting Friday afternoon. At it, the Commissioner is requesting the Board to add the following language to the time on learning regulations:

(d) Where the Commissioner has required districts to include alternative education models in their plans, the Commissioner shall, from time to time, consult with medical experts and state health officials, to determine whether students can safely attend classes in an in-person setting with health and safety requirements. If the Commissioner concludes that students may safely attend classes in an in-person setting with health and safety requirements issued by the Commissioner pursuant to this section, then he may, with prior written notice to the Board, notify districts that they may no longer use one or more of the alternative education models, in whole or in part, to meet the minimum school year and structured learning time requirements set forth in 603 CMR 27.03 and 27.04. Notwithstanding the foregoing, districts and schools may provide remote learning pursuant to a remote learning model for the remainder of the 2020- 2021 school year to those students whose parent or guardian selects remote learning for their student.

You can write to the Board of Ed here.  I'll post what I send them later today.

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