FRAMINGHAM – Framingham High School staff received an email yesterday that someone at Framingham High School tested positive for COVID-19.
Some high-needs students and staff had returned to the high school as of October 5. More students are expected to return to the physical classrooms on November 5. A majority of Framingham High students will not return to the physical classrooms until at least January 2021.
“Framingham Public Schools was notified that a member of our FHS community tested positive for COVID-19. We cannot identify the individual who tested positive for the virus because of privacy laws. As an immediate response to protect the health and safety of our workforce at FHS, we are notifying all employees that the following preventative actions have been taken,” said Framingham Assistant Superintendent of Schools Inna London in an email to staff yesterday, October 23.
“The Office of Human Resources obtained a list of employees who worked in close proximity (within six feet) for a prolonged period of time (15 cumulative minutes or more) with the individual during the 48-hour period before the onset of symptoms; these individuals have been contacted and will be tested,’ wrote London.
The City of Framingham has been a high-risk or red community for COVID-19 for 8 consecutive weeks, dating back to the last week in August.
Framingham is one of the 10n hardest hit communities for the virus out of 351 communities, according to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
“The health and well-being of our employees is paramount. We have a thorough plan for cleaning that is in accordance with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations. Communication is also being sent out to families,” said London.
Staff was asked to abide by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to protect your health and those around you:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.