Students in New Bedford are returning to their classrooms this month after Governor Charlie Baker set an April 1 deadline for having children return to in-person learning.

New Bedford Public Schools, which has conducted in-person learning for small groups of students almost since the start of the pandemic, is welcoming students back this month on a staggered basis.

Superintendent Thomas Anderson says the return of more students is a challenge, making sure that students wear their masks and remain socially distanced while providing the education they need.

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Anderson spoke this week with Townsquare Sunday about the challenges facing the school district. He also commented on the state's plan to vaccinate teachers and the ongoing review of the use of School Resource Officers in New Bedford Public Schools. Anderson's interview can be heard here:

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