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FRAMINGHAM – The Framingham Public School District is adopting a new at-home testing program for participating students and staff, regardless of vaccination status, after the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) approved the program state-wide.

The Framingham Public School District is discontinuing its test & stay COVID program, and the contact tracing.

The district does plan to continue with its routine pooled testing.

There have been more than 2,200 cases of COVID reported by the school district this 2021-2022 school year, with more than 70% of the cases in the month of January 2022.

Participation in the new at-home testing program is voluntary for families, said the district.

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In order to receive the test kits, you must “opt in” to the program by completing this online form by midnight on February 1, 2022.

The first test kit distribution will take place on Friday, February 4, 2022.

You only need to sign up once to receive kits every 2 weeks, said the school district.

The kits will be given to your child at school to bring home.  

If your child has tested positive for COVID in the past 90 days, they should not do the at-home tests at this time, said the school district tonight, January 27.

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Families are asked to submit positive test results from the rapid at-home tests to the school district.

Under the new protocols, if your child is in a class with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, families will receive a general notification email informing you that your child can continue to come to school as long as they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms.

If the student develops symptoms, they must produce a negative test result before returning to school.

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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.