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School reopening plans due; restrictions on Hawaii travellers

August 14, 2020 - 12:08 PM

BOSTON - A look at coronavirus developments in Massachusetts:

REOPENING SCHOOLS

Massachusetts school districts must submit their plans for reopening schools amid the coronavirus pandemic to state education officials Friday.

Districts are required to prepare plans for three different scenarios: in-person classes, remote learning, or a hybrid of the two options.

A number of districts have already said they'd focus on online classes, or a mix of in-person and remote work — at least for the start of the academic year.

Boston, the state's largest public school system, has ruled out in-person classes, at least for the fall. The district released its hybrid and fully remote learning plans last week, and said it will make a final decision on which plan will be implemented later.

Worcester, the state's second-largest city, announced it will start the year with online classes, at least through mid-November.

Springfield, the state's third-largest city, has confirmed it will take a similar approach and potentially switch to a hybrid model later in the year, as will Cambridge, Somerville and Lynn public schools.

The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education had previously set the deadline for filing the plans for Aug. 10, but extended it to Friday.

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HAWAII QUARANTINE

Massachusetts has added Hawaii to the list of states where travellers must quarantine upon arrival.

All states, except for six — Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Vermont — are now required to quarantine for 14 days, or provide a recent coronavirus test showing a negative result.

Travellers are also required to provide their contact information. Failure to comply is subject to a fine of $500 per day.

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BEACH RESTRICTIONS

State officials are reducing capacity limits at a beach in Hull over concerns of overcrowding as coronavirus cases surge in the coastal community south of Boston.

The state Department of Conservation and Recreation announced Friday that parking capacity at Nantasket Beach State Reservation will be reduced to 50% until further notice.

Earlier this week, state officials added Hull to the list of communities in the highest-risk category for the coronavirus.

Beach towns on Cape Cod have taken s imilar steps to reduce crowds at the beaches this summer.

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