Massachusetts schools will be required to resume COVID case reporting, officials say

Massachusetts schools will be required to resume reporting positive COVID-19 cases among students and staff members, education officials confirmed Wednesday morning.

Last month, the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education had said districts would not be required to report positive cases in school buildings for the new academic year. It was a change from last school year, when cases were tracked and data was released in a weekly report from DESE.

But now, all school districts will need to resume reporting positive COVID cases to DESE starting the week of Sept. 13, officials told MassLive.

The data will be available in weekly reports again. Officials said the data will give DESE Commissioner Jeffrey Riley more information to assess conditions at schools.

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