94.9% of Framingham Public School District Teachers Vaccinated; Custodians at 74% and Food Service at 67%
FRAMINGHAM – Framingham Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Inna London told SOURCE that 94.9% of Framingham teachers in the Unit A contract are now vaccinated.
The previous update from London to the School Committee had just 60% of Unit A (teachers) vaccinated. That report was dated December 8.
In the latest report on December 16, the vaccination rates per unit are:
- Unit A: 94.9% (teachers) – up from 60%
- Unit B: 93.4% (administrators) – up from 71%
- Unit C: 74% (custodians) – up from 34%
- Unit N: 67.5% (food service workers) – up from 42%
- Unit P: 100% (principals)
- Unit S: 88.8% (secretaries)
- Unit T: 93.5% (paraprofessionals) – up from 92%
- 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.
Unvaccinated staff must submit to weekly testing, said London.
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.