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FRAMINGHAM – Framingham High School announced today, July 11, that on August 31, September 1, and September students will be released at 10:45 a.m.

Many parents and students were surprised by the announcement as the school calendar for the 2022-23 school year was voted on the by the 9-member elected School Committee in Spring 2022 and never mentioned these “half days.”

SOURCE reached out to Superintendent Bob Tremblay and School Committee Chair Priscila Sousa but no statement was received as of this report’s posting.

Via a newsletter to families, it was announced that there would be a “community week” to start the Framingham High School school year on August 31, September 1 and September 2, and then the students would be off for labor Day weekend.

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“The Community Week Committee has been meeting throughout the year and over the summer to plan this event for the FHS community. Building supportive relationships with our students and staff through Community Week learning activites will bolster student achievement, engagement and wellness. Special thanks to the Community Week Committee for all their efforts and planning,” said the newsletter.

It never mentioned who was a part of the Community Week Committee. It is unknown if that committee is all Framingham Public School staff, or if it includes any parents or students.

“Community week is a chance for us to build relationships with students and staff, set expectations for the school year, and offer information about student rights, as well as let students know about the wonderful resources that FHS has to offer. The first three days of school will be dedicated to this and building student joy after a few difficult years. After the three initial days, community building will continue throughout the year with a more explicit focus on social justice issues,” noted the email to families.

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There will be six additional hours dedicated to building community and culture throughout the year. Community Week student dismissal time is 10:45 a.m., said the email.

The School Committee approves half days as part of the school calendar. This was never mentioned during that process.

“During the first three days of school students engage in Community Week learning activities in homeroom. Two staff members will work together with the students. Community partners will also join some of the sessions. The Community Week Committee will be sharing the master schedule prior to the start of the school year,”said the email

Staff will be asked to facilitate conversations and activities surrounding school expectations and community building. Resources will be provided during the professional development days prior to students arriving, said the email.

Educators will participate in Community Week training with district and community partners for the second half of the school day, added the email.

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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.