Tremblay: School Nurses Receive Vaccines; ‘We Do Not Know When’ Vaccines Will Be Given To Framingham Staff

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FRAMINGHAM – Framingham Public School nurses were “invited to participate in the first round of COVID-19 vaccine distribution,” Framingham Superintendent of Schools Bob Tremblay told the School Committee.

But Tremblay said he does “not yet know when vaccines will be made available to school staff.”

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has “advised that testing for PreK-12 staff will be made available as early as February 2021.”

“Massachusetts is beginning the safe and equitable distribution of an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccines will be delivered in three phases. Early education and K-12 staff have been prioritized for Phase Two of the distribution plan. The estimated distribution timeframe for school staff is February through April, 2021,” added Tremblay in an memo to the School Committee last week.

Tremblay announced this week that all staff is expected to report to their school building as of February 1.

Most students have not physically been in their classrooms since March 2020.

About 500-550 of the district’s highest needs students returned to their classrooms in October & November 2020, but then all in-person learning was halted as of December 7, 2020.

Tremblay is looking at those students who were in the schools in October & November to return to classrooms on February 3, with the rest of the district in a hybrid model by mid-February 2021.

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