Updates Coming to Massachusetts' COVID-19 Stoplight Metric

Officials hope the new metric will take cases at colleges, nursing homes and jails into account for community data

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Massachusetts public health officials are planning updates to the stoplight metric that measures community COVID-19 transmission risks, incorporating examples where cases at colleges, nursing homes, or jails may push an entire community into the red category and affect decisions about in-person learning, according to the state education commissioner.

"We've seen how those places can skew a city's or town's data, and so we're hoping that when the new metric comes out it will take that into account," Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley told the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education during a meeting Tuesday in Malden.

Riley also said that most of the districts it contacted to question their decisions not to move ahead with in-person learning have since progressed to in-person learning or are planning for it, although he mentioned two school districts, without naming them, that he said will be audited.

The Statehouse News Service has learned the two districts are East Longmeadow and Watertown.

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