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On Reopening Schools, Scientists Say Proceed With Caution

In order for schools to safely reopen in the fall, public health experts say we’ll all need to do some homework over the summer.

As Massachusetts starts down the months-long road to reopening public schools, scientists say success and safety require caution both inside and outside the classroom — and preparation must begin now.

The plan that Governor Charlie Baker released on Thursday laid out several requirements and recommendations for limiting and monitoring the risk of COVID-19 transmission in schools: required mask-wearing for children in the second grade and up, desks spaced at least three feet apart, and regular hand-washing, among others.

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