Heading into the last weeks of school, the number of COVID-19 cases in schools among students and staff continues to drop. The nice weather has allowed many teachers to take advantage of outdoor spaces for mask breaks, instructional activities and recess. To help districts start making plans, DESE has published updated guidance related to student activities, graduation ceremonies and mask requirements for summer programs. The updated guidance documents are available here.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has a comprehensive interactive dashboard with community level data on testing, hospitalizations and COVID-19 Variants. You can visit the dashboard here.
- Reported positive cases for students: Number of reported positive cases for students who are learning in hybrid or in-person learning models and have been in a district school within the seven days prior to the report of the positive case (excludes students learning in fully remote models).
- Reported positive cases for staff: Number of reported positive cases for district staff members who have been in a district building within the seven days prior to the report of the positive case (excludes staff that have not been in district buildings during the seven days prior to the report of the positive case).
The weekly reports are available here.
Additional self-reported data on positive COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts public schools can be viewed and reported in the Stop the Spread tool.