FRAMINGHAM – Framingham Public Schools Superintendent Bob Tremblay told the School Committee last night, January 20, that the first week of COVID-19 testing of staff went well.
Of the 187 staffers testing, there was just one positive COVID-19 test, said Tremblay.
The person is “currently asymptomatic,” said Tremblay.
That is just 0.53% positivity rate, much lower that the City’s positive rate of more than 7.5%.
The testing started last week, and will be done weekly, explained Tremblay.
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.
The testing program is through the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and DESE.
Framingham Public School district is currently 100% remote, at this time. It has been this way since early December.
But yesterday, January 20, Tremblay told staff that they are all expected to return to their buildings on February 1.
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.
Those approximate 500 students are expected to return to their classrooms in early February said Tremblay.
Tremblay has suggested the entire district could go to a hybrid not a remote model by February, if the metrics allow.
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 53 cases per day for a 2-week average of cases per day per 100,000, according to the state’s latest dashboard.