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Editor’s Note: Report was updated with response to survey on March 24 at 10:05 a.m.

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FRAMINGHAM – The Massachusetts Education Commission Jeff Riley is demanding all public school districts return elementary school to in-person classroom learning 5-days-a-week, as of April 5.

But under the order, parents still retain the right to keep their child in remote learning, through the end of the 2020-21 school year, as vaccine roll out continues during this coronavirus pandemic.

Framingham families had until March 17 to return a survey form to indicate their choice for remote or in-person learning,

Families that did not respond by the deadline, were automictically listed as in-person learning, according to the district.

Framingham Superintendent of Schools Bob Tremblay said as of Tuesday night, March 23 “roughly a 99.6% response rate on the return-to-school survey.”

That percentage “includes direct responses to the survey itself by families and individual family outreach where responses were logged by a Framingham Public School staff” member said Tremblay.

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SOURCE request the percentage of families that chose remote education for the elementary level, middle school level, and by school. Supt. Tremblay delivered those numbers to the digital news media outlet on March 22.

For the elementary level, 15% of families chose to keep their child(ren) remote.

For the middle school level, 23% of families chose to keep their child(ren) remote.

At both the elementary and middle school levels the participation for remote varies per school.

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For example at the elementary level, the percentage of remote children ranges from a low of 10% at Potter Road to a high of 26% at Wilson Elementary School.

At the middle school level, it was fairly even between 23 and 24%.

The highest level of remote learning preference was found at the high school level, where more than one out of every three students are choosing to stay remote.

At Framingham High, 38% of families chose remote learning. At the Thayer campus, that number was almost double at 70% remote.

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Below are the numbers per school, as provided by the district:

SchoolRemote (percentage)
BLOCKS Preschool13
Barbieri Elementary School16
Brophy Elementary School15
Dunning Elementary School12
Hemenway Elementary School11
King Elementary School18
McCarthy Elementary School19
Potter Road Elementary School10
Stapleton Elementary School16
Woodrow Wilson Elementary School26
Cameron Middle School24
Fuller Middle School23
Walsh Middle School23
Framingham High School38
Framingham High School (Thayer Campus)70

By editor

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.