Framingham Schools Reporting 13 COVID Cases in April as Elementary Students Return to Classrooms Today

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FRAMINGHAM – This morning, April 5, as elementary school students begin their return to full-time in-person classroom education, the district reported 13 new COVID cases since Thursday, April 1. About 85% of students will be returning in grades K-5.

The district does not list if cases are teachers, staff or students in the dashboard, or when they sends emails to staff or families.

Last week, the state said the Framingham Public School district had the fifth highest COVID cases among staff & students in the Commonwealth.

The public school district now has 120 coronavirus cases in the 2020-21 school year.

Framingham High School leads the district with 38 cases.

A half dozen new cases of the virus were reported on April 3 at Framingham High.

A total of 13 cases have been reported in the school district in April. In March 59, cases were reported.

The other new cases in April include:

  • April 1 – one at Potter Road, one at Framingham High and 2 at McCarthy Elementary School
  • April 2 – none
  • April 3 – Six at Framingham High, one at Potter Road, and 1 at McCarthy Elementary
  • April 4 – one at Barbieri elementary

The district has been testing staff weekly.

Students are being testing via pooled testing.

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

Earlier this month, the administration provided the total district participation rate by students. It is 46%. Pooled testing is not for remote students. As of April 1, the rate had increased to 56%.

“Unfortunately, it is not surprising that the number of COVID cases in Framingham has increased,” said Framingham Teachers Association President Christine Mulroney. “This is not the time to let our guard down. Everyone must continue to follow safety protocol both in and outside of school. As we approach April vacation, we urge families to be mindful about their travel plans. If you do travel, we encourage all family members to get a PCR test upon return. We wholeheartedly support the district’s decision to put pooled and PCR testing in place in order to identify asymptomatic COVID cases. The FTA is urging families of in-person learners to consent to their child’s participation in weekly pooled testing. Doing so will help to minimize the spread. Please, continue to socially distance, wear a mask, and, when eligible and able, get the vaccine. This is a community effort!”

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