Schools in the Bay State will remain physically closed for the remainder of the academic year, according to Governor Charlie Baker.
Classes will continue through the end of the year via remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s the right thing to do, considering the facts on the ground,” Governor Baker said in a Tuesday afternoon news conference. “At this point in time, there is no authoritative guidance or advisories with respect to how to operate schools safely, and how to get kids to and from schools safely.”
The Governor went on to say that students cannot safely return to school while avoiding the risk of transmitting this virus to others.
However, with the buildings and campuses being closed across Massachusetts, Governor Baker was adiment that learning will continue.
“Closing the actual school buildings for the year does not mean it’s time to start summer vacation early,” said the Governor. “We’re making this decision to allow school districts to plan through the end of the year to offer remote learning for all students.”
Baker also acknowledged what this means for high school seniors across the state saying, “They’ve all worked hard for four years and they look forward to so-called last seasons, whether it’s to play lacrosse, run track, participate in a school play, go to the prom, graduate.”
“Because of COVID-19, a lot of this will not happen, and some of them will have new ways that are far different than anybody would have imagined it.”