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BOSTON, MA – SEPTEMBER 24: Education Commissioner Jeff Riley speaks during Governor Charlie Baker’s press conference. POOL PHOTO
BOSTON, MA – SEPTEMBER 24: Education Commissioner Jeff Riley speaks during Governor Charlie Baker’s press conference. POOL PHOTO
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LOWELL – Monday marks the deadline for most of the state’s elementary schools to return to full-time in-person learning.

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on March 5 granted Commissioner Jeff Riley the authority to determine when full and partial remote schooling would no longer count toward student learning time requirements.

Parents are still able to opt to keep their students learning remotely for the rest of the school year, and the state approved 69 waivers for districts unable to meet the April 5 deadline for grades K-5.

Thirty of those waivers pushed back implementation of full in-person learning for fifth graders, in districts where the fifth grade is part of the middle school.

The other 39 allow an incremental approach. Middle schoolers are due to return to in-person learning by April 28, and Riley has said he will announce a return date for high schoolers this month, with plans to allow at least two weeks’ notice for districts.

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