District Reports COVID Case Tied to Dunning Elementary School

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FRAMINGHAM – Framingham Public Schools announced tonight, December 7 that a “person at Dunning School tested positive for COVID-19.”

This is the first case tied to the elementary school.

 “As per district guidelines, comprehensive contact tracing was completed. The people who were identified as close contacts of the person with COVID-19 have been notified and are at home in quarantine. A close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of the person for at least 15 cumulative minutes within 24 hours,” said the district in an email to families.

Framingham Public Schools are now remote starting today, December 7.

This is the 23rd case in the public school district. 

If you have not received a phone call from the district, then your child has not been identified as a close contact, said the district email.

Parents were told to continue to monitortheir child for the following COVID-19 symptoms every morning before sending them to school:

  • Fever of 100.0°F (37.7C) or higher, chills, or shaking chills 
  • Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough) 
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath 
  • New loss of taste or smell 
  • Sore throat 
  • Headache when in combination with other symptoms 
  • Muscle aches or body aches 
  • Nausea, or vomiting, or diarrhea 
  • Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms 
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms

“FPS schools are cleaned daily in accordance with our COVID protocol and CDC guidelines. Classrooms frequented by the person who tested positive were deep cleaned. We will continue to be vigilant in adhering to all of the protocols that have been put in place to reduce the spread of COVID,” said the school district.

Framingham Public Schools had about 500-600 students in the classroom through Friday, December 4.

Students and staff are expected to return to the classroom on January 4, 2021, at this time.

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