Superintendent: Framingham Teachers To Be Tested For COVID Starting This Week

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FRAMINGHAM – Framingham Superintendent of Schools Bob Tremblay said teachers and staff will be tested for COVID starting this week, under a pilot program with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

“The testing will be done once a week” said Tremblay to SOURCE on Friday.

The COVID-19 testing is only for staff who are teaching in their classrooms and coming in to a building everyday, at this time, explained Tremblay.

It is not for staff who are teaching remotely, at this time, explained Tremblay.

“We have some staff teaching in empty classrooms at this time,” and the testing for them will start this week, explained Tremblay.

The testing program is through the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and DESE.

“I’m encouraging staff still teaching from home to use the state’s free testing program,” said Tremblay.

Teachers and staff who are in Framingham Public Schools buildings will be notified by district administration of the testing times.

Framingham Public School district is currently 100% remote, at this time. It has been this way since early December.

In October, some of the highest needs students began a hybrid education model. In November, more students were added to the hybrid model, but all returned to remote only learning, after a second surge after Thanksgiving break.

Tremblay has suggested the public school district can return to hybrid learning at month’s end if the metrics from the second surge decrease.

The metrics include a positivity rate of 4% or less for the City of Framingham and new daily cases at 10 or less for a 2-week average.

Framingham is at 56.3 for a 2-week average of cases per day per 100,000, according to the state’s latest dashboard.

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