MTA Applauds Decision to Extend School Closure

MTA Applauds Decision to Extend School Closure

The following statement was issued today by Massachusetts Teachers Association President Merrie Najimy:

MTA President Merrie Najimy applauded Governor Charlie Baker’s announcement this afternoon that the state is ordering schools and non-emergency child care centers to remain closed in April, opening no earlier than Monday, May 4.

“We believe the governor is following the advice of the medical experts,” Najimy said. “The safety of our students and staff must come first.”

The governor and Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley also announced at a State House press event today that they will be releasing the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s remote learning plan tomorrow.

The MTA is withholding judgment on the plan until the association has had a chance to review it.

“As always, our primary concern remains the well-being of students, educators and our communities,” Najimy said. “We will continue to do everything we can to ensure that the state makes a significant and consistent impact in stemming the spread of the coronavirus and working for the common good of everyone in Massachusetts.”