Survey: Should Remote Learning Take Place During April Vacation?

FRAMINGHAM – The public school district is trying to decide if remote learning should take place during April vacation week that was scheduled for April 20-24.

Last Friday, Massachusetts Commissioner of Education Jeff Riley issued guidance to school districts on school vacation week.

If a school district continues providing its remote learning program for students from April 21 to 24 (April vacation week, minus Patriots’ Day), the district is not required to go beyond its previously scheduled 181 day, said Riley.

Framingham Public School students have not been in a physical classroom since March 11. And Governor Charlie Baker has said the earlier students can return to their classrooms is May 4.

Monday April 6, students in the public school district began a minimum of 3 hours of remote learning a day Monday through Friday.

Yesterday, the Superintendent of Schools and the Framingham Teachers Association (union) met to discuss options.

Today, April 8, the public school district issued a survey.

“The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has noted that the decision to hold or cancel April Vacation is a local one. We are seeking your input on whether or not to keep the scheduled April Vacation,” wrote Tremblay to school families.

“Before any decision is made, we will consider the feedback from Framingham Public Schools students, families, and staff and engage in conversations with union leadership,” wrote Tremblay.

“The decision to cancel April Vacation would change the last day of school from June 24th to June 18th and would require a vote by the Framingham School Committee. Any impact to the last day of school is also subject to change based on directives from the State,” wrote Tremblay.

Click here to take the survey.

Deadline is Thursday, April 9 at noon.

Keefe Technical High School in Framingham already voted to hold remote & online classes during April vacation week, except for Patriots day.

UPDATED: Christa McAuliffe Charter school will give students and staff April vacation. There will be no remote learning.

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