MASSACHUSETTS — While school for many students in Massachusetts will begin online this fall, several districts will be opening their classrooms for in-person learning.
Many teachers and parents have expressed concerns about returning to the classrooms; most districts going back to school buildings have offered an online option as well to accommodate students who would prefer to learn remotely.
With schools closed since March, all eyes will now be on the schools that reopen to watch for any outbreaks of the virus.
To help keep tabs on where and how many cases are occurring in schools in individual states and communities, the National Education Association has launched a tracker.
The tracker is the brainchild of Kansas teacher Alisha Morris, who began developing it in early August. Since then, the project has expanded and the NEA has taken the reins.
Opinions on whether students should return to the classrooms are split: many districts opted for an online start due to concerns from teachers and some community members. A lack of staffing has also complicated bringing students back into a school setting in a socially-distanced environment.