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FRAMINGHAM – The Framingham Public School district reported a half dozen positive COVID cases on Friday, March 5.

The six cases come from five schools in the district.

The six new cases make 57 total cases in the public school district this 20-21 school year.

The district does not state when it reports positive cases if they are a teacher, staff, or a student.

The cases “reflect number of COVID positive cases for staff and students physically present in Framingham Public School buildings,” according to the district.

Some staff “may visit multiple buildings as part of their employment, so multiple locations” could be impacted.

Since January 1, there have been 21 cases in the district.

There have been nine cases in the district in March.

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The district report a positive case at BLOCKS preschool, Dunning Elementary, Potter Road Elementary and Fuller Middle schools.

Two cases were reported at Framingham High School.

A positive case was reported at King Elementary on March 4.

Framingham High School has reported the most cases in the school year at 13. Fuller Middle School is second with 8 cases. King Elementary and BLOCKS are tied for third with five cases each.

The district has been testing staff weekly, and students, via pooled testing.

There was a positive pool case at Brophy Elementary since Phase III students returned to the classrooms.

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Phase I & 2 students returned to their classrooms in February.

Phase III students returned to their physical classrooms on February 24. It was the first time in a physical classroom for these students in the 2020-21 school year. They are attending school all five days.

Phase IV students, many who have not physically been in a classroom since March 2020, began on March 3 for cohort B and will begin Monday, March 8. for cohort A,.

Wednesday night, Framingham Superintendent of Schools Bob Tremblay said the public school district has administered about 4,000 COVID tests, and had “only 8 positive cases.” Tremblay told the 9-member School Committee the district’s rate of positivity is 0.17%.

In comparison, the City of Framingham rate of positivity is over 3 percent.

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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.