Framingham School Staff: 86% Vaccinated But Food Workers & Custodians Still Below 50%

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FRAMINGHAM -Framingham Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Inna London wrote in a report that “currently, 86% of the FPS staff is vaccinated.”

The memo also noted that as of last month, “385 FPS employees (18%) have not attested as to their vaccination status. Initial disciplinary action was issued, and we are down to 32 employees who have not attested as of December 1. These employees will receive further progressive disciplinary action. All 32 employees are required to comply with pooled testing protocols; failure to comply is also subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment,” wrote Assistant Supterintendent London to the School Committee on December 8.

The memo noted the following vaccination rates per unit:

  • Unit A: 60% (teachers)
  • Unit B: 71% (administrators)
  • Unit C: 34% (custodians)
  • Unit N: 42% (food service workers)
  • Unit P: 100% (principals)
  • Unit S: 90% (secretaries)
  • Unit T: 92% (paraprofessionals)
  • Unit V: 71% (non bargaining FPS staff)

Just before the 2021-2022 school year began, SOURCE published self-reported COVID vaccine numbers for the unions in the Framingham Public Schools.

At the end of August, 63% of Unit A (teachers), 39% of Unit C (custodians), and 13% of Unit N (food service workers) self-reported to the district they had received their COVID-19 vaccine.

The public school district has requested employees self report their vaccinations.

Employees and substitutes are asked to upload “their vaccination status on TalentEd.”

The public school district asked all employees on September 8 to complete that task by September 20.

Earlier this year, the Massachusetts Teachers Association’s Board of Directors voted 46-4 to require vaccinations or regular COVID-19 testing for those who are not vaccinated.

The state’s teachers union said local unions should negotiate this with their school district.

“The MTA is a union of 115,000 educators. Our number one priority is to return to safe, full in- person learning with our students, from preK through higher education. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we and our 400 affiliated locals have led the way on implementing the CDC- recommended COVID-19 mitigation strategies — including ventilation upgrades, masking, distancing, vaccination and regular testing — to protect the health and safety of students, educators and our communities. We are in unprecedented times,” wrote the state’s union.

“Vaccination is our strongest protection against COVID-19,” wrote the Massachusetts Teachers Association in August.

“Yet children under the age of 12 are not eligible for the vaccine, and the vaccination rate of eligible children between the ages of 12 and 18 is still too low to deter transmission. We take seriously our responsibility to protect our students, preK through higher education, our members and their families, and our communities. While research indicates that educators already have high rates of vaccination, the MTA supports required vaccination of all education workers and eligible students in our schools and colleges. We also support regular COVID-19 testing in lieu of vaccination for those not yet eligible or those for whom vaccination is not medically advisable.,” wrote the state union.



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