Framingham Public Schools Reports First COVID Case at Plymouth House

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FRAMINGHAM – Framingham Public Schools reported its first COVID-19 case at Plymouth House yesterday, March 16.

The district is renting space at Plymouth House, for 5 months as a childcare option.

“In response to the COVID pandemic and our desire to bring students back to in-person learning, Framingham Public Schools (FPS) has created a childcare option for employees. This site will provide supervision and basic care for children’s needs to enable staff to deliver Framingham Public Schools’ high expectations for achievement, equal access to high levels of instruction,” said district leadership when the lease was executed.

The lease began in February 2021.

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

There have now been 69 reported COVID-19 cases in the public school district during the 2020-21 school year.

Since January 1, there have been 33 cases in the district, with 21 cases in March.

Framingham High School leads the district with 18 total cases this school year. Fuller Middle School is second with 8 cases. and Walsh Middle School is third with 6 cases, 3 reported yesterday.

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

Today, March 17 is the deadline for parents to decide if their child will return to school full-time or stay remote. If a parent chooses not to respond, to the survey, they will be marked as choosing in-person learning for the rest of the school year.

Phase I & 2 students returned to their classrooms in February, after all schools went remote during the second surge in December.

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 began on Monday, March 8. for cohort A.

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