Walsh Middle School Reports 4th Positive COVID Case This Week

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FRAMINGHAM – Walsh Middle School reported its 4th positive COVID case this week, today, March 19.

The school reported 3 cases earlier this week.

This makes the 7th case at Walsh this academic 2020-21 school year, the third highest total among all the schools.

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

This is the 73rd COVID positive case this 2020-21 school year in the Framingham Public Schools.

Framingham High School leads the district with 19 total cases this school year. Fuller Middle School is second with 8 cases

Since January 1, there have been 37 cases in the district, with 25 cases in March.

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

SOURCE requested pooled testing participation rates for the district and by school. Earlier this week, the administration provided the total district participation rate by students. It is 46%. Pooled testing is not for remote students.

Today, the district reported that number has increased to 48%.

March 17 was 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.

Survey results are not available yet.

In the last survey in 2020, about half of the district’s parents chose a remote model.

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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