FRAMINGHAM – Superintendent of Schools Bob Tremblay announced this afternoon, January 10, that after school academic support and late buses will resume in the school district immediately, despite the surge in COVID cases.
This morning, Tremblay, the Mayor, and the Director of Public Health had a “significant discussion about reducing the duration of the pause on school extracurricular activities and student group activities in the City.”
Because of the discussion, it was “agreed to restore after school academic support at Framingham High School immediately. Late buses will be available Monday – Thursday for midyear exam preparation sessions, individual academic support sessions, and OTI (Opportunity to Improve) will all be available as scheduled.”
However, there will be no late buses the week of January 17, due to the midyear exam early release schedule.
That decision meant that sports, theatre, clubs, and after-school academic supports were paused.
Sports, clubs, and theatre are still paused along with all other group activities indoor in the City of Framingham.
Loring Arena is closed to group activities and the Framingham Public Library moved all programming to online and remote, through January 21.
The next day, the Framingham Public Schools recorded its largest COVID cases during the pandemic at 141 cases. About one-third of all the cases in the school district have been since January 1, and more than 80% of the cases have been since the Thanksgiving break.
“Upon review of the weekly community COVID cases summary this Wednesday, we will provide further guidance to the community. City and School officials are working together with the Department of Public Health to consider additional measures that can be implemented to support a safe restart of activities, sooner than initially planned. Please watch for more detailed information in the coming days,” said Tremblay in an email to staff today.