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FRAMINGHAM – Today was the first day of school for the students in the Framingham Public Schools district with the highest needs.

Many students were excited to see their teachers, and their bus drivers again.

Dunning Elementary School student Oliver Sulkis was one of those students excited to see the yellow school bus this morning, February 4.

“He saw the bus that came to pick him up this morning and the first thing he said to the driver and the bus monitor he recognized was ‘I missed you.’,” said his mom Shira.

The driver and the bus monitor both told Oliver they missed him too.

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About 500-550 students in the district returned to the classrooms today.

“I think everyone in the city needs to see this (video) and understand how these kids miss their routine,” said his mom.

Sulkis is a first grade student at Dunning Elementary. His teachers are Ms. Murphy and Miss Miller.

Oliver’s favorite subject is math, just like grandparents, said his mom.


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 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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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.