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FRAMINGHAM – A member of the “school community” at the Christa McAuliffe Charter School has tested positive for COVID-19, according to Executive Director Frank Tipton.

“Our first responsibility is to keep our students and staff safe. We have been planning for this scenario during our reopening planning process and have a comprehensive plan in place to sanitize the school, inform families whose students were at risk of exposure or in close contact, and support the affected family as they navigate this stressful experience,” wrote Tipton to families in an email yesterday, November 15.

“Our student body and staff have been closely adhering to the safety protocols including mask wearing, hand washing, and physical distancing. We are grateful to our families for their continued efforts to keep students home at the first sign of symptoms. These measures, taken in combination, greatly reduce the risk of additional transmission,” wrote Tipton.

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Most of the students at the regional public middle school have been learning at home via a “McAuliffe@Home program,” but a “small number of scholars have been receiving support on campus. “

“Staff and parents of students who were in close contact with the community member have been privately notified. All close contacts should be tested but must self-quarantine for 14 days after the last exposure to the person who tested positive, regardless of test result.  We are also following all Department of Health protocols, including collaborating with our local board of health to complete contact tracing. Additionally, we are asking those parents whose students are tested for COVID-19 to please report the results to the school nurse. We are working hard to understand the impact of the virus on our school community and this information is a critical piece of that puzzle,” wrote Tipton to families.

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The middle school for grades 6-7-8 has “sanitized the school with a focus on those areas frequented by the community member who tested positive.”

Tipton told parents “ee will continue to be vigilant in adhering to all of the protocols that have been put in place in an effort to continue in person learning for those scholars who are receiving on-campus support.”

Editor’s Note: In full transparency, the Christa McAuliffe Charter School has been and advertiser with SOURCE since 2016.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.