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FRAMINGHAM – Framingham Public School district is among top three communities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for COVID-19 cases among staff and students in the schools, reported the state today, March 25.

For the week, there were 682 new cases among students and 228 cases among staff statewide.

North Attleboro was number one with 31, with Framingham and Braintree both at 29.

Barnstable was at 27 and fourth in the state with Boston fifth at 25.

Framingham has reported a dozen COVID cases for the week as of Wednesday.

Framingham Public School district does not state when it reports positive cases if they are a teacher, staff, or a student, but the state does release numbers by staff and by student.

With the three new cases reported on Wednesday, the district is now reporting 91 total cases during the 2020-21 school year.

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Framingham High leads the school district with 25 total cases in the academic 2020-21 school year.

There have been more than a dozen cases at the high school in March.

Fuller Middle School is second with 9 cases, and Walsh Middle School is third with a total of 8 cases in 2020-21

King Elementary is fourth on the list with a half dozen cases.

Since January 1, there have been more than 50 cases in the district, with 43 cases in March, as of March 20.

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

SOURCE requested pooled testing participation rates for the district and by school.

Last week, the administration provided the total district participation rate by students. It is 46%. Pooled testing is not for remote students.

On Friday, 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.

Results of the survey can be found here – 85% of elementary parents request in-person learning.

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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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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.