The weekly report published on Thursdays shows 682 students and 228 staff tested positive for the coronavirus from March 18, to Wednesday, according to DESE.
This week’s count represents an increase of 241 cases from last week’s total of 669 in a continued uptick as districts race to meet a state mandate that elementary students must return for full time in-person learning by April 5.
Many districts have already begun to reopen for in-person learning in recent months and educators have been eligible for vaccination since March 11.
Since the beginning of the school year, which kicked off 24 weeks ago, a total of 14,048 cases have been reported in Massachusetts schools, according to DESE.
There are an estimated 450,000 students in public school buildings and 75,000 staff across the state.
The report includes the number of positive COVID-19 cases as reported to DESE by school districts including charter schools and collaboratives.
The number of positive cases for students includes those engaged in hybrid or in-person learning models, not remote.
Reported positive staff cases include those who have been in a district building within the seven days prior to the report of the positive case.
Districts with the most cases in the past two weeks include 31 cases in North Attleborough, 29 cases each in Braintree and Framingham, 27 in Barnstable and 25 cases in Boston.
Boston Public Schools, which began a new phased-in return to the classroom on Feb. 4, has reported a total of 255 cases so far this year, with the most occurring in BPS administrative buildings. The DESE report report for this week shows 10 staff and 15 student cases in BPS.