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“As we have been saying for many months now, our top priority is to get our schools open safely and keep them open for full in-person learning.”

MTA President Merrie Najimy

Move to require masks in schools is a 'significant advancement'

The vote by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to require all public school staff and students older than 5 to wear masks while in school is a significant advancement toward keeping our communities safe as we prepare for a return to full in-person learning.

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MTA supports vaccination requirement for educators and students

The Massachusetts Teachers Association announced on Aug. 17 that it is in favor of requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for all employees and eligible students in public schools and colleges throughout the state. The MTA Board of Directors voted to adopt the position during an emergency meeting.

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MTA Board calls on governor and DESE to require masks in schools and colleges

The Massachusetts Teachers Association’s Board of Directors unanimously voted on Aug. 1 to support the mandatory use of face coverings in public schools from preK through higher education as part of a multi-pronged strategy to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The MTA board took action on this health and safety matter as COVID-19 cases rise, particularly with the spread of the delta variant and its link to breakthrough infections of fully vaccinated individuals.

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What can students and educators expect in the new school year?

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Resources Available to MTA Locals and Chapters

Through the American Rescue Plan Act, the federal government is making an unprecedented investment in public education from prekindergarten through higher education. Now is the time to organize and advocate for how that money is spent to benefit our students and our communities. Visit massteacher.org/arparesources to access the collection of resources, materials and strategies available to MTA local associations and chapters.

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New federal aid to benefit state and local public education

On March 11, President Joe Biden signed The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The measure provides substantial resources for Massachusetts schools, colleges and universities. It also provides funding for individuals, for other targeted priorities, and for state and local governments.

The information is now available on the education funding itself and on the aid to state and local governments that can also be used to support public education. The following are some important points:

Funding ARPA Primer USE OF ESSER FUNDS

Legal Help for MTA Members

Get answers to frequently asked questions related to COVID-19 from the MTA's Legal Division.
Health and Safety Resources 
Checklist for In-Person Learning

A list of questions to help ensure the safest possible environment for in-person learning.

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Bargaining and Online Resources for MTA Members

Resources and tools for bargaining health and safety conditions.

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Building Safety Checklist

A list of preparations to incorporate with your local association's building safety plan.

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Information Request/Demand to Bargain

Request form based on MGL ch. 150E.

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A Guide for Bargaining the Safe Return to Schools and Campuses

Policies and practices for a safe return to our schools and campuses.

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