BOSTON (CBS) – The US Department of Education has approved Massachusetts plan to get schools back on track after the coronavirus pandemic.
The Education Department has just given the state the green light to use its remaining $ 611 million from US bailout funds to reopen schools for the 2021 school year.
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The state had to submit plans to the department, which laid the foundation for the use of federal funds. In those plans, Massachusetts says it will use the money to reopen schools safely for full-time in-person learning, meet student academic needs and loss of learning with accelerating academies, and providing resources for students and staff for social, emotional and mental health.
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The money will also help address disparities in education and access to technology, which have been exacerbated by the pandemic. The funding will also be used to continue immunization efforts for educators and students, with more clinics on campus similar to those held in the past.
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The plan has the support of Senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren, President Katherine Clark and Jeff Riley, state commissioner for elementary and secondary education.