Editor’s Note: DESE changed date from August 1 to July 29.
FRAMINGHAM – The Framingham School Committee and Board of Health are holding a joint meeting to review state guidance on school reopening and to discuss what it means for the Framingham community before a reopening plan is due to the now on July 29.
The meeting will be held Wednesday July 15 at 7 p.m.
The meeting can be viewed Live on The Government Channel: Comcast 99, RCN 13/HD613, Verizon/Fios 42, on Facebook on the Framingham Public Schools Facebook Page, and on Zoom at the following link or phone number: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_N0MoiuvGTNiIBOn2zWN4Zg
1-646-876-9923 Webinar ID: 812 1605 5414
UPDATED: The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is requiring all school districts to submit three different school reopening plans by July 29.
All students return five days per/week with new public health measures; 2. Hybrid school model with a combination of in-person and remote learning; and 3.100% Remote Learning.
The Framingham plan for the upcoming school year is under development during the month of July, while the district awaits more DESE guidance, and is scheduled to be presented at the August 5 School Committee meeting.
The joint meeting July 15th is expected to cover the following topics:
- COVID-19 Report and FPS & Department of Public Health Collaborations
- Continued Discussions on DESE Guidance for School Reopening
- Flu Vaccinations & COVID-19 Testing
- Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), Mosquito Control, and Outdoor Classrooms
Surveys on school reopening have been provided to students, staff, and families to help the planning process. Anyone with ideas or questions can email the Superintendent Dr. Robert Tremblay at: firstname.lastname@example.org
“Nothing would make me happier than to provide a complete, detailed, and final FPS reopening plan so that families and staff can prepare for the start of a new school year,” said Superintendent Dr. Robert A. Tremblay. “The reality is that such a plan is not possible at this time with the ever-changing science that surrounds COVID-19 and with constantly shifting guidance from the DESE. Everyone is working hard to come up with answers, provide direction, and ensure safety above all, but we all just need to be patient as our plans necessarily evolve with each phase of the pandemic. We will continue to do our best to provide information as it becomes available and to engage our community in the planning through surveys and webinars. We only ask for your patience, understanding, and flexibility in return.”
“The Framingham Public Schools are an important partner in addressing the many public health issues we face in our city,” said Gillian Carcia, Chair of the Board of Health. “We are looking forward to continued collaboration to best serve the needs of our community.”
“Together we can best attempt to get through the uncertainty and stress reopening school creates by working through each issue in collaboration with local public health experts,” said Adam Freudberg, Chair of the School Committee, District 4. “I’m grateful that Dr. Wong and the entire Board of Health will be joining the School Committee and FPS for this essential and timely discussion.”