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FRAMINGHAM – Framingham High School reported its 39th COVID-19 cases in the 2020-21 school year on April 28.

With the latest case, the district has had a total of 151 cases this 2020-21 academic school year.

Framingham High School leads the district with 39 cases.

McCarthy Elementary is second with a dozen cases, and Fuller Middle is third with 11 cases.

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

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The Framingham Public Schools began full-time in-person classes for middle school students on April 28.

High School students are not set to return full-time in-person learning until May 17.

On April 5, elementary school students returned to full-time in-person classroom education. About 85% of students returned in grades K-5.

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The district conducts PCR testing for staff.

The latest information was 806 staff tested the week of April 12 with zero positive cases.

Students are being testing via pooled testing.

Superintendent of Schools Bob Tremblay announced yesterday April 28, the participating rate in the free COVID-19 pooled testing, has increased to 70% at the elementary level.

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Tremblay told the School Committee district-wide the rate is about 60%, as the participation rate in the secondary levels (middle and high) is only at about 50%.

Participation is voluntary in the program.

Only students who are part of the in-person or hybrid learning can participate in the pooled testing. Remote students do not participate in pooled testing.

In mid-March, only 46% of students were participating in the district’s pooled testing program to identify COVID-19 cases.

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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.