FRAMINGHAM – Keefe Technical High School had plan in place for the 2020-21 school year, but with yesterday’s designation of the City of Framingham as a high-risk coronavirus community, they are now reviewing and re-evaluating.
“As you may be aware, in last night’s Department of Public Health report, which lists COVID statistics by city/town, Framingham was listed as a “Red” community. This designation is based on the average daily number of cases per 100,000 people. Because of the location of our building, and the breakdown of our student population, we have been directed by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to follow Framingham data for our district,” wrote Superintendent Jonathan Evans to parents tonight, August 27.
“This is certainly not what we were hoping to see at this point in the year, but we are hopeful that things will improve in the future weekly reports. On Monday, we have a plan for teachers to begin preparing for a year that will include both in-person and remote instruction. Since these are the components of our current hybrid model, this planning will help us prepare for any scenario that follows,” said Evans.
“Following a review of next week’s statistics, which will be released on Wednesday evening, we will be in a better position to make a decision on how we start the year. I can assure you that any decision we make will be made with the safety of our community as our top priority. As a parent myself, I realize that this uncertainty is frustrating,” wrote Evans.
Keefe is planning a parent information session for Thursday, September 3 at 7 p.m.
“I realize that this has been an extremely challenging time for our families. It has been a difficult time for members of our faculty and staff as well. While I sincerely wish that the last six months could have been different, I continue to be inspired by the team at Keefe Tech. Between now and the start of the school year for students, we will be working hard to prepare the best possible experience for whatever format is needed,” wrote Evans. “I apologize for the inconvenience and uncertainty caused by this unprecedented situation that is beyond our control.”