April 19, 2020

Massachusetts Schools

Tomorrow Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker may announce the status of the Public Schools during the Corrona Crisis. School in Massachusetts have been closed since March 13th - some even earlier than that.

Many School districts have worked hard to get distance learning up and running. It has been a challenge for students, teachers, and parents. Some cases it has worked, and in others, it has been challenging.

Some school districts were slow to implement distance learning, for example, Framingham schools students distance learning programs were delayed for 2-weeks.

Empty School Corridor
Massachusetts School Halls may stay empty until August 2020.

Decision Time

Currently 31 states and Washington D.C. has recommended that schools be closed for the rest of the school year.

Charlie Baker has commented publicly that he doesn't want to cancel school for the rest of the year. He has said that closing schools will make things more complicated.

Decision on the Massachusetts schools will come this week.

Baker Sending Out Hints?

Reading between the lines, it's pretty certain that kids aren't going back in May. Charlie Baker on April 17, 2020, :

“If you could wave a magic wand, which we can’t, I believe that the vast majority of school systems and school district leaders would like to see the kids back at some point before the end of the year,” Baker

Other Events To Watch

These are other events that I am watching to see if they are impacted by the COVID-19:

  • 2020 Republican National Convention (Scheduled for August 24-27 in Charlotte, North Carolina)
  • 2020 Democratic National Convention (Moved to August 17-20 in Milwaukee)
  • Fourth of July in Boston
  • Start of the Major League Baseball Season
  • Opening of Disneyland and Disney World

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