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Mass. education leaders want teachers back in classrooms for remote learning

Teachers and staff in school districts planning remote instruction this fall are expected to return to school buildings and conduct distance learning from empty classrooms, according to guidelines released Friday by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The issue of in-person learning has been a contentious one as Massachusetts school districts plan a return to school amid the coronavirus pandemic. The state’s largest teachers unions have pushed for all remote learning, and Friday’s recommendation is sure to intensify the debate over health and safety standards.

Commissioner Jeffrey Riley wrote in guidelines published online that educators are expected to “report to their schools to work from the classrooms and educational spaces each day.”