800 Additional Framingham Students To Ride The Bus To Class Monday

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FRAMINGHAM – On Monday, March 8, the last group of students will be headed back to the classroom, as part of Framingham Public Schools hybrid learning model.

Cohort A students, who have not physically been in their classrooms for more than a year, return to in-person learning.

Families were notified tonight, March 5, of their bus routes.

“Communications are being finalized and will be sent to families this evening. Tricia DiSalle and her team have worked tirelessly to make sure as many of our cohort A students are assigned a bus starting this coming  Monday,” said Framingham Public Schools Executive Director of Finance & Operations Lincoln Lynch IV just before 10 p.m. in an email to SOURCE.

According to families, emails went out about 9:30 tonight.

“A routing system that is required to be in place to accommodate students during a pandemic is not something that any of us are use to. It is understandable that parents are upset about the timing of this notification but I do appreciate their patience during this unprecedented time,” said Lynch of the late notice.

Durham School Services will be “transporting 807 additional students on 22 buses starting this coming Monday,” said Lynch.

On Wednesday night, Lynch told the Framingham School Committee, 759 students were on the school buses, as Cohort B returned to class for the first time in a year.

Lynch said 53 school buses were operating on Wednesday, one less than Durham had promised the School Committee, and far short of the 77 contracted drivers.

Lynch told the School Committee about 2,000 students were on buses driven to and from schools this past week.

There are about 9,000 students in the public school district between PreK and high school.

Lynch said 35 letters were sent to families telling them that a seat was not available and they were ineligible for transportation services. And in total, 115 letters had been sent to families as of Wednesday, telling them a seat was not available.

Tonight, March 6, Lynch said the district is “finalizing the list of ineligible students that we are unable to provide a ride to on Monday. Communication will be sent tomorrow (March 6).”

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