posted on April 21, 2020 13:52
BOSTON — Schools in Massachusetts will remain closed for the rest of the school year, Gov. Charlie Baker announced Tuesday as coronavirus cases continued to surge in the state.
The state’s stay-at-home advisory and mandatory closure of nonessential businesses remains in effect through May 4.
“The data shows we are still very much in the grips of a pandemic here in Massachusetts,” Baker said. “We are working hard to think about a strategy in the days ahead.”
The Massachusetts Teachers Association urged Baker Monday night to keep schools closed.
“Understanding that Massachusetts remains a COVID-19 hotspot, it seems unlikely that definitive assurances will be possible to allow for a reopening before the end of this school year,” the group said in a statement.
The announcement comes as deaths from COVID-19 are expected to surpass 2,000 this week in Massachusetts.