Framingham Public Schools Has Reported 160 COVID Cases in 2020-21 School year

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FRAMINGHAM – Framingham Public Schools reported 2 new COVID cases on Tuesday, May 4..

With the latest cases, the district has had a total of 160 cases this 2020-21 academic school year.

The latest cases were reported at Framingham High School and Walsh Middle School.

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.

Framingham High School leads the district with 41 cases.

McCarthy Elementary on Flagg Drive is second with 12, and Fuller Middle School, also on Flagg Drive, is third with 11.

Walsh has had nine cases this school year, including Barbieri, Cameron Middle, and Potter Road Elementary.

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, but the district announced this morning that Framingham High students would return on May 12.

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

The district conducts PCR testing for staff.

Students are being testing via pooled testing.

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

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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