How two school districts are navigating a mask-optional world

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This is the rundown for Radio Boston for March 1. Tiziana Dearing is our host.

  • Monday was the first day schools had the okay to ditch masks indoors, under updated guidance announced by Governor Charlie Baker in early February. The state's Association of School Superintendents has estimated at least half of public school districts are going to go mask-optional as soon as possible. Even more communities say they plan to follow suit as local mask requirements roll back over the course of March. We check in with two district leaders navigating different sides of this latest COVID policy change: Eric Conti, superintendent of Burlington Public Schools, where masks officially became optional yesterday; and superintendent Almi Abeyta with Chelsea Public Schools, where masks are still required.
  • Received a text from someone who says they're your boss out of the blue recently? Except, it's not your boss: it's someone you've never met before? It could be a new kind of scam text that has become more common over the last year. To learn more about texting scams and how to identify them we speak with Stuart Madnick, professor and founding director of Cybersecurity at MIT Sloan, a cybersecurity association at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
  • When you think about New Bedford's past, you may be picturing whaling captains and ships, the docks and sailors. But you should also be picturing abolitionists, the Underground Railroad, and an entire multicultural community working together. You should also picture Frederick Douglass, who called New Bedford home. We speak about the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass with Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai, Research Director at the Massachusetts Historical Society, and Lee Blake, President of the New Bedford Historical Society.

This program aired on March 1, 2022.


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