Framingham Supt: Fully Remote Learning Possible For September & October

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FRAMINGHAM – To deal with the complex decisions in regards to re-opening Framingham Public Schools in the fall, Framingham Superintendent Bob Tremblay will hold multiple Q&A sessions, starting July 22.

“Our leadership team has continued to have lengthy and detailed conversations about the reopening of school, taking into consideration an impossible number of factors. To make sense of the many complexities, we are working to ensure that our school community has ample opportunity to get information about these factors and the decision-making process,” said Tremblay in an email to parents.

“In an effort to increase communication as we approach the most complex back-to-school planning we have ever seen, I am inviting you to join me for a series of upcoming virtual events. Titled Back to School Updates: Live with Dr. Tremblay, these hour-long information and Q&A sessions will take place on Wednesdays, beginning this Wednesday, July 22,” wrote Tremblay to parents Monday afternoon, July 20. “I will host a morning session which takes place at 10:30am and an afternoon session which will begin at 4pm. These sessions will continue into August and beyond, but the times may adjust depending on what works best for our community. “

During the July 15th School Committee meeting, the following information was shared in collaboration with the Framingham Board of Health.

These items will be discussed as part of the Back to School Update Series:

  • Three return-to-school solutions (Remote, Hybrid, In-Person) are still to be planned for and presented to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education by August 10th.
  • The recommended approach is to stagger the start of school beginning with fully remote for September and October followed by a Hybrid Model in November. A staggered start gives administrators and staff more time to fully plan for a high-quality, forward-moving remote instructional model and in-person learning experience – both of which are required to launch a Hybrid model. Additionally – pursuing remote learning in September and October gives us all a chance to limit exposure to Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).
  • FPS plans to capitalize on all Human Resources. We have access to bus drivers, teachers, support staff, etc. We need to explore how we can make the most of these resources leading up to and through the start of the school year. There are no planned layoffs or furloughs at this time.

Back to School Updates: Live with Dr. Tremblay by watching the event live on Facebook. You can post your questions in the comments and they will be provided to me in real time. 

DateTime
Wednesday, July 22nd 10:30am – 11:30amFacebook Event
Wednesday, July 22nd 4:00pm – 5:00pmFacebook Event
Wednesday, July 29th10:30am – 11:30amFacebook Event
Wednesday, July 29th4:00pm – 5:00pmFacebook Event

“We have much to discuss as we plan for the months ahead and we look forward to this two-way engagement opportunity with our community. I look forward to connecting with you, providing information, and answering questions on this evolving situation,” concluded Tremblay.

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