By Bob Katzen

Governor Baker signed executive orders that extend the temporary closure of all schools and non-emergency childcare centers through at least May 4. This supersedes the governor’s original order closing schools until April 6.

“This will allow school districts to provide the best possible opportunities for remote learning to all students and we want to be clear on this: This is not an extended school vacation,” Baker said.

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

HELP WANTED – “The COVID-19 public health emergency has put a tremendous demand, as you know, on our health care system, and access to health care workers,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders. She noted workers in the respiratory therapy and public health nursing fields are a big problem.

The state has launched a portal to be coordinated by the Massachusetts Medical Society for volunteers with professional health backgrounds to sign up and be matched where their expertise can be used. Potential volunteers can sign up at

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