The following was an email sent to parent on Friday night from Superintendent of Schools Bob Tremblay, after Framingham High and several other Framingham Public Schools were on a lockdown.
FRAMINGHAM – The purpose of this correspondence is to follow-up on an incident that took place yesterday outside of our school community but nonetheless impacted the Framingham Public Schools.
As you may know and in an abundance of caution, the Framingham Police Department directed some of our schools to shelter in place or lock down (Framingham High School, Cameron and Walsh Middle Schools, Barbieri, Dunning, Hemenway, and Stapleton Elementary Schools) or take no action at all when it was reported that an individual was in possession of a weapon in the area around Christa McAuliffe Charter School yesterday morning.
Although we did our best to communicate with our school community in real time with the information that was available to us at the time, we have learned from this experience, and we can and will continue to improve the ways in which we communicate.
Since yesterday morning, we have been engaging in debriefing meetings and will be continuing the discussion with first responders as well as the entire district leadership team next week.
We sincerely appreciate the cooperation and partnership with the Framingham Police Department who responded immediately to the situation and worked to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and administrators.
We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to ensure clear communication and operational protocols.
Scott Penrod, Framingham Public Schools Director of Safety and Security, will be presenting an update on procedures and protocols for the district at the School Committee meeting on July 17, 2019.
While we will not disclose specific details that could compromise our district’s safety and security measures, Mr. Penrod will provide an update that highlights efforts and next steps to ensure the safety of our entire school community.
In addition, in honor of Memorial Day, please be reminded that all schools are closed on Monday, May 27th. Memorial Day ceremonies are important, but our gratitude should expand beyond one-day events and instead be expressed all year long.
The best way to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice is by treating the living well.
We hope you have a nice long weekend, and we look forward to seeing your children on Tuesday, May 28th.
Superintendent of Schools Bob Tremblay