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MALDEN – The Board of the Massachusetts Elementary and Secondary Education voted today, March 5, to grant approval to Commissioner Jeffrey Riley to require public school districts to require elementary students to return to the classroom full-time.

The vote was 8-3.

Editor’s Note: This is a developing report as the Board met today, and SOURCE will be updating.

Commissioner Riley is targeting elementary students to return to the classrooms on April 5.

He has said about 300,000 or 20% of the Commonwealth’s school districts are still in remote learning.

Framingham just returned to a hybrid model last month. Some Framingham students had not physically been in the classroom yet, as of today, March 5, since last March 2020.

The Education Commissioner has said his goal is to have students all back in school 5-days-a-week by the end of the school year.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.