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More than 70 Massachusetts school districts return to class today

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Students in more than 70 school districts across Massachusetts are returning to class Wednesday amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Newton is one of dozens of communities restarting classes. Most students in the district will be starting remote.

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Learning models are just an added layer of anxiety for students and parents. Some say they are just trying to keep up, while others are trying to take the new school year in stride.

"I don't feel ready, but we'll get there," said North Andover resident Kristin Logue. "It's been a bit stressful. There's a lot of emails. All the teachers are trying to prepare, so the parents have to prepare as well."

Schools across the state have had to draft plans for in-person learning, remote learning and a hybrid model.

"It's tough as an 11-year-old, knowing that it's going to be different," said sixth-grader Reagan Logue. "But it's also cool to know I'm going to be able to tell (future generations) about this."

Many students haven't been a classroom since March, so those who will be learning in person face an adjustment.

Two high schools, Lincoln-Sudbury Regional and Dover-Sherborn Regional, had planned to start with hybrid models on Tuesday, but both were forced to pivot to remote learning because of unauthorized student parties.

Needham High School Principal Aaron Sicotte, whose school is starting with an all-remote model, took students to task in a video message after school officials learned that some of them were at a large party in Sherborn.

"Some of you who are watching this right now were at that party. We know that," Sicotte said. "Seventeen-hundred students would have been impacted because -- what -- 20 to 25 of you were at a party."

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