FRAMINGHAM – The Framingham School Committee is considering a first day of school in mid-September due to COVID-19.
The School Committee will be asked to vote on the proposed new calendar on Wednesday, August 5.
To accommodate the Commissioner’s announcement of a 170-day school year, we modified the school year and pushed out the start date. With this we’ve allocated ten ‘DESE Days’ to allow teachers and administrators time and training to prepare for the start of school in a remote setting, wrote the Superintendent to the School Committee.
“Per above, the adjustment and addition of DESE Days adjusts the start date of the 2020-2021 school year to Wednesday, September 16, 2020 for all students, Pre-k through grade 12,” wrote Superintendent Bob Tremblay to the School Committee.
“In allocating the 10 DESE Days prior to the start of school, we replaced a planned Convocation and Teacher Work Day (September 1, 2020) with an additional Professional Development Day on January 19, 2021. This will be one additional day that students will not be in school,” said Tremblay.
“We’ve added Juneteenth to the Holiday list as it is now recognized as a Holiday in Massachusetts. Juneteenth, a mix between June and nineteenth, is the oldest known US celebration of the end of slavery. It commemorates June 19, 1865, the day that Union Maj. Gen.
Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas, and told slaves about their emancipation from slavery,” said Tremblay.
“There is no longer a 9th Grade Orientation and we lose the 1st of 4 planned No Homework Days (or Family, Friends, and Neighbor Days),” said Tremblay.