Schools split on holiday break travel rules

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For school kids in Massachusetts, April break kicks off this weekend and some families are planning to go out of state for the first time in a long time.A few weeks ago, the state eased its travel policy from a requirement to a recommendation. But not all school districts are […]

For school kids in Massachusetts, April break kicks off this weekend and some families are planning to go out of state for the first time in a long time.A few weeks ago, the state eased its travel policy from a requirement to a recommendation. But not all school districts are ready to do the same.Whether on snow-covered highways or aboard freshly de-iced planes, many Massachusetts families are eager to get away from New England and use next week’s school break to finally take a real vacation.At Logan Airport, New Englanders were setting their sights on Los Angeles, Atlanta, Nashville, Miami and even Cincinnati. Some are eager for warmer weather, others visiting relatives they haven’t seen in more than a year. High school junior Kevin Barrett says like a lot of his classmates he’ll be visiting college campuses along with his mother.“They’re asking us to get him tested 72 hours before he comes back,” said mom Ann Barrett. While some schools are following the state’s lead and only recommending testing or quarantining for returning students at staff, others, such as Milton Public Schools, have decided to keep their policy as a requirement.“And I know some parents may be upset about that or even a little disappointed with that. But the alternative is even more upsetting,” said Milton Schools Superintendent James Jette. Milton’s superintendent estimates up to 300 of his district’s families will be traveling next week. He says the town will offer testing late next week in time for students to receive results before classes resume.Some families heading out point out kids staying close to home could also catch the coronavirus from friends down the street.“You could get it anywhere. So, it’s kind of six and one-half dozen of another,” said Sue Drea.

For school kids in Massachusetts, April break kicks off this weekend and some families are planning to go out of state for the first time in a long time.

A few weeks ago, the state eased its travel policy from a requirement to a recommendation. But not all school districts are ready to do the same.

Whether on snow-covered highways or aboard freshly de-iced planes, many Massachusetts families are eager to get away from New England and use next week’s school break to finally take a real vacation.

At Logan Airport, New Englanders were setting their sights on Los Angeles, Atlanta, Nashville, Miami and even Cincinnati.

Some are eager for warmer weather, others visiting relatives they haven’t seen in more than a year. High school junior Kevin Barrett says like a lot of his classmates he’ll be visiting college campuses along with his mother.

“They’re asking us to get him tested 72 hours before he comes back,” said mom Ann Barrett.

While some schools are following the state’s lead and only recommending testing or quarantining for returning students at staff, others, such as Milton Public Schools, have decided to keep their policy as a requirement.

“And I know some parents may be upset about that or even a little disappointed with that. But the alternative is even more upsetting,” said Milton Schools Superintendent James Jette.

Milton’s superintendent estimates up to 300 of his district’s families will be traveling next week. He says the town will offer testing late next week in time for students to receive results before classes resume.

Some families heading out point out kids staying close to home could also catch the coronavirus from friends down the street.

“You could get it anywhere. So, it’s kind of six and one-half dozen of another,” said Sue Drea.

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