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Read the full guidance about how Mass. school districts should decide whether to use remote learning

Massachusetts education commissioner Jeffrey Riley spoke at a press conference in June.
Massachusetts education commissioner Jeffrey Riley spoke at a press conference in June.Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

Massachusetts education officials released a new guidance Tuesday to help school districts determine whether they should pursue remote-only learning or bring students back to the classroom.

The guidance uses a color-coded map to identify which communities fall into a high-risk category for the coronavirus and which are at a lower risk. About three dozen school districts in Massachusetts fall into the moderate-to-high risk categories, meaning the state recommends they consider remote learning to start the academic year.

Schools in the lowest risk categories — shaded green and white — are being recommended by the state to pursue a full-time return to in-person learning or a hybrid approach.

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Read the full guidance from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education here:


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