#schoolsafety | Worcester, other districts manage return to schools amid surge in COVID cases

While some Central Massachusetts school districts reported they were able to return to school Monday, some shut down schools Tuesday due to a high number of COVID-19 cases.

Worcester Public Schools Superintendent Maureen Binienda said late Monday that her district had a “smooth restart” following the winter holiday break, while some challenges were present due to the new wave of COVID-19 cases.

Binienda said the school district organized the return last week with principals coming back from vacation to help with mask and test kit distribution.

Testing sites were also open for students, faculty and parents last week in order for the district to get a sense of which households had the virus. 

“We were very well prepared to open today,” Binienda said.



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