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FRAMINGHAM – The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is requiring high schools to return to full-time, in-person classroom learning by May 17. But Framingham High students are scheduled to return on May 12, announced the district last week.

“While DESE Commissioner Riley has announced May 17th as the deadline for a full return to in-person learning, the high school administration would like to bring students back earlier. Therefore, we welcome back all A week, B week, and remote students who requested to return in person school beginning Wednesday, May 12,” wrote Banach in a newsletter to families on May 5.

About 62% of students are expected to return to the classrooms on May 12 at Framingham High, said the district to SOURCE.

The number is projected at 63% for grades 9-11. Seniors wrap up classes in May, while underclassmen continue into June.

Any family that requested to stay remote in the district’s last survey, can remain remote through the end of the school year, said the district.

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The projected 62% return of students for 9-12 and 63% for students in grades 9-11, is far lower than the elementary and middle school levels in the Framingham Public Schools.

Originally, the district said 85% of elementary students would return, the number as of May is 83%, said the district last week.

For middle school students – students in grades 6-7-8 – 75% of the students returned to in person classes as of April 28. That means roughly one out of every four students chose to stay remote for the rest of the school year.

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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.