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FRAMINGHAM – Framingham Public School district is the fourth highest in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for COVID-19 cases among students in the schools, reported the state today, April 8.

Almost all elementary students in the Commonwealth returned to in-person learning 5-day-a-week as of Monday, April 5.

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education reported 978 new COVID cases in schools between April 1 and 7.

The State report breaks the cases down as 821 students and 157 staff members. The report includes positive cases among students and staff members who have tested positive for the virus within seven days of being inside a school building. Students who are remote learners and test positive are not included in the report.

Last week, DESE reported 1,045 new coronavirus cases between March 25-31 among teachers, staff, & students..

Across the Commonwealth, Boston reported 31 student cases in the past week, Worcester had 23, Pittsfield had 20, Framingham had 17, Plymouth had 16 and Andover had 15, according to the DESE report.

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Framingham Public Schools reported 17 student cases and 4 staff cases between April 1-7 to DESE.

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

Natick reported 10 student cases and 2 staff cases.

Ashland Public Schools reported 6 student cases.

Marlborough reported 5 student cases.

Keefe Technical reported no students positive but one staff member between April 1-7.

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Framingham reported 59 total cases in the month of March on its COVID dashboard.

Framingham Public School district is now reporting 126 total COVID-19 cases during the 2020-21 school year.

The district has been testing staff weekly.

Students has the option of participating in pooled testing.

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

In mid-March, the administration provided the total district participation rate by students. It is 46%. Pooled testing is not for remote students. Since then, pooled testing has increased to 56%.

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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.