Related Links Live updates: The latest on the coronavirus pandemic in Massachusetts Massachusetts officials are reporting 178 new positive coronavirus cases among students and 253 new cases among staff at public school districts across the Bay state. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released its weekly report Thursday on COVID-19 in schools, which only reflects confirmed coronavirus cases reported by districts to state officials between Dec. 24 and Jan. 6. The state announced that it would not post its usual weekly reports from Dec. 31 through Jan. 6, and that case counts reported during that week would be included in this report. Being nearly three and a half months since the state began releasing the data, this week’s new report brings the combined total of cases among students to 3,708 and 2,772 among staff. Advertisement The data reflects cases reported at charter schools, collaboratives, and approved special education schools, though it excludes any COVID-19 diagnoses for students learning in fully remote models. The numbers also exclude any diagnoses for “staff that have not been in district buildings during the seven days prior to the report of the positive case.” According to the state, the districts reporting more than a handful of cases include: Arlington (10 among staff), Boston ( 8 among staff), Braintree (2 among students and 6 among staff), Everett (1 among students and 7 among staff), Fall River (7 among staff), Falmouth (4 among students and 4 among staff), Franklin (4 among students and 4 among staff), Haverhill (2 among students and 8 among staff), Hingham (7 among students and 2 among staff), Hudson (8 among students), Ludlow (1 among students and 5 among staff), Marshfield (9 among students and 4 among staff), Mashpee (4 among students and 2 among staff), Melrose (8 among students and 2 among staff), New Bedford (7 among staff), Oak bluffs (4 among students and 2 among staff), Wayland (5 among students and 1 among staff), Worcester (12 among staff), and Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School District (5 among students and 2 among staff). The May Center School for Brain Injury and Neurobehavioral Disorders in Brockton reported 1 positive case among students and 12 cases among staff. Another branch of the institute located in Randolph, the May Center School for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, also reported 7 positive cases among staff members. Advertisement View the full report from the state here. Get’s e-mail alerts: Sign up and receive coronavirus news and breaking updates, from our newsroom to your inbox. Email Address


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