Worcester Schools Postpone In-Person Learning Indefinitely

by | Jan 8, 2021 | Headlines, COVID-19, News

WORCESTER – The start of in-person learning at Worcester schools has been postponed indefinitely.

The decision coming at Thursday night’s School Committee meeting: remote learning will continue in Worcester until further notice.

High needs students were expected to return to school for in-person learning beginning January 25. Now, there is no start date set for a return to school for high needs students, but students in other groups are still scheduled to return sometime in March.

According to the Telegram & Gazette, a letter sent to the school committee from Worcester’s Medical Director Dr. Michael Hirsh urged the school district to delay the start of in-person learning due to the high COVID-19 case numbers in Worcester and throughout Worcester County.

Additionally, city and state health officials expect the case numbers to continue to increase over the next few weeks as a result of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

Earlier this week, School Safety Director Rob Pezzella told Spectrum News 1 the district had PPE and classroom layouts ready for the return of high needs students.

To date, there have been 2,141 COVID-19 cases among Worcester residents ages 19 and under. The age group makes up 14% of the city’s total cases.

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