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FRAMINGHAM – Framingham high will start at 9 a.m. as opposed to 7;25 a.m. during the remote learning phase of the 2020-21 school year, announced Framingham High Principal carolyn banach, today, August 27.

“In response to parent, guardian, and student voices and backed by scientific research, the Framingham School Committee, in collaboration with the Framingham Teachers Association (FTA), Framingham High School (FHS) and District administration, has approved a pilot high school schedule for the 2020-2021 school year,” wrote Banach to parents & students.

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“As part of this schedule, the District will pilot a later start time of 9 am for Framingham High School students (this does not apply to the Framingham High School Thayer Campus) while school is in session remotely. Although instruction will be delivered remotely, a full day of school is still planned, with school hours shifting from 7:25 am – 1:55 pm to 9:00 am – 3:25 pm. This change is only intended for the period of remote learning beginning with the first day of school on September 16, 2020 and ending with the start of Phase 3 in the Back-to-School Plan which is currently scheduled to begin October 26,” wrote Banach.

“We regard this as a monumental decision and recognize the public’s urgency to make this a permanent shift at FHS. We will use this opportunity to gather data for consideration for the future. Yet due to the need for complex studies, considerations for other district schedules, and further public input, we do not foresee a viable option of continuing this late start time when the school shifts to the hybrid model during the 2020-2021 school year,” wrote the principal.


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