Framingham Will Have Its First Snow Day; Phase I & 2 Students To Start Classes Feb. 4

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FRAMINGHAM – With a forecasted storm calling for a half foot to more than a foot of snow, Superintendent of Schools Bob Tremblay has called the public school district’s first snow day.

“As you may have seen, the weather forecast over the next couple of days poses some challenges and requires that adjustments be made to the return-to-school plan for this week. The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting a winter storm to impact Massachusetts later Monday into Tuesday. NWS reports that most of Eastern Massachusetts is expected to have 8-12 inches of snow accumulation, resulting in hazardous travel. In anticipation of this, I am sharing the revised schedule for the Week of February 1, 2021,” Tremblay wrote in a memo to parents and staff this afternoon.

While students would not have been commuting to the school on Tuesday, February 2, after the storm, teachers & staff were expected to be at the schools in anticipation for the phase 1 & 2 students return on February 3 (now February 4 with the snow day).

Members of the Class of 2021 would not have to make up the first snow day of the school year.

Many might say Tuesday is not a real snow day as students have been home since March 2020, but it will be a screen break day.

The Tuesday, February 2 snow day will provide an opportunity for students to have a screen break, and provides the opportunity for another potential hybrid learning, in-person day come June 2021.

Most K-12 students have not been in their classroom since mid-March 2020, when the pandemic began.

In October, phase 1, or the district’s highest needs students return to the classrooms. In November, phase II, of the district’s high need students returned to the classrooms. The majority of the students about 8,500 of the district’s 9,000+ students were still learning remotely at that time.

After Thanksgiving, and a second surge of the coronavirus, the City of Framingham and the school district decided to make the entire district remote as of December 7.

Students in phase 1 and phase 2 were scheduled to return back to the classrooms February 3. That is now Feb. 4.

Students in phases 3 & 4, are not scheduled to return to the classroom until February 22, which at that time Fall II athletics could begin. Although this date could change.

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