If your child(ren) are sick and showing COVID-like symptoms, take these steps:
- Stay home
- Email or call your healthcare provider, for evaluation and for on-site COVID testing
- Email or call your school nurse, your school’s office manager, and your schools before/after-school coordinator (if applicable) to report your student’s absence
- Testing Options (When You Are Experiencing Symptoms):
- Framingham COVID Testing Options
- Ashland COVID Testing (Drive through testing is set up on the far right of the Commuter Rail parking lot)
- If Positive - Isolate per public health guidance for a minimum of 10 days (see more on the Quarantine Page)
- If Negative - Share test results with your school nurse and return to school / activities as long as you are fever-free without fever-reducing medication for 24 hours, and have had a significant improvement in symptoms.
- If no testing is done, stay home for 10 days in isolation (see more on the Quarantine Page)
- If an alternative diagnosis is made, provide documentation to your school nurse and wait for clearance to return to school.
Student and Staff Testing for COVID-19
Framingham Public Schools is offering a free COVID-19 testing program as part of its overall health and safety protocol and COVID-19 risk mitigation strategy. The district is partnering with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and CIC to manage the COVID-19 screening testing program.
The program is available to all pre-K-12 students and staff. Testing is available weekly for all participating students and staff. All testing uses a shallow nasal swab administered by a trained health provider. Although this program is voluntary, participation is strongly encouraged for unvaccinated and vaccinated students and staff. Greater participation will allow the district to quickly identify positive cases, quarantine them and contact trace to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in the school community.
The DESE COVID-19 testing program has three components this year, as described below. Please note, the District is not currently participating in a symptomatic testing program at this time.
1. Routine COVID Safety Checks (Pooled Testing)
- Routine COVID safety checks (pooled testing) will be available weekly for students and staff.
- Testing will take place on site at school during the school day.
- Shallow nasal swab samples are collected, pooled and tested in groups of 5-10. Schools will receive the results within 24-48 hours.
- Students can continue to come to school while awaiting safety check (pooled) results; they do not need to quarantine while awaiting results.
- If a safety check test is positive, the students in the group will be administered follow-up testing with a second sample collection at school with BinaxNow (rapid antigen test) and/or individual PCR testing, as necessary.
- Parents/guardians will only be notified if their child is in a positive pooled test. If you do not receive notification from the district, then your child’s results were negative.
2. Test and stay quarantine protocol is for students and staff who may have been exposed to COVID-19 while in school.
- Test and Stay allows students and staff who were exposed to a person who tested positive for COVID-19 at school to remain in school as long as they have no symptoms.
- Instead of missing school, these students and staff will be administered a daily BinaxNOW rapid test at school.
- They will continue to quarantine outside of the school day (not attending non-school based athletics, recreational, or extracurricular activities or going out in public spaces unnecessarily).
- Students and staff participate in Test and Stay within 7 days post-exposure, with a minimum of 2 BinaxNOW tests. Individual cases may vary.
The goal of the “Test and Stay” quarantine protocol is to allow students and staff to remain in school as safely as possible, while lessening the burden of quarantine on students, their families, teachers, and school administrators. Under the “Test and Stay” approach, students and staff who come into contact with an individual who tests positive at school, on the school bus or at a school sponsored extracurricular activity will have the option to:
1. Quarantine out of school and not attend work/school or
2. Participate in the “Test and Stay" quarantine protocol and be allowed to attend work in Framingham Public Schools (staff) or attend school (student) with testing
- Those who participate in the FPS “Test and Stay” quarantine protocol may remain in school as long as they have no symptoms and participate in daily COVID-19 testing at school. Students and staff in the “Test and Stay” quarantine protocol will also have to:
- Wear a medical-grade mask (supplied by the school) at all times, other than eating or drinking;
- When unmasked, (e.g., eating/drinking, mask break) they should be physically distanced from others whenever possible;
- Continue to actively monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days; and
- Check in with your healthcare providers
- Staff: If symptoms develop, they must quarantine at home for 14 days and check in with HR.
- Students: If symptoms develop, they must quarantine at home for 14 days and check in with your school nurse.
- The “Test and Stay” quarantine protocol consists of a daily nasal swab performed by a qualified healthcare professional for 7 days following exposure. For your child and/or a staff member to be eligible for this program, we must have a signed consent on file before testing can occur. If we do NOT have a consent form on file, your child will need to quarantine for a minimum of 7 days and follow Framingham Board of Health quarantine guidance.
3. Symptomatic Testing
Although DESE is offering symptomatic testing as part of its overall testing program, the district will NOT be implementing symptomatic testing at this time. If your student develops any COVID 19 symptom(s) or becomes ill at school, arrangements must be made to pick the student up from school. Students will need to remain out of school until they have received a negative antigen or PCR test administered in a healthcare setting (or an alternative diagnosis), are symptom-free; and have been without fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.
- If/When offered in the future, individuals (vaccinated or unvaccinated) who present with COVID-19 symptoms while at school would be tested using BinaxNOW nasal swabs. (Under no circumstances should families send their symptomatic children to school for testing.)
Objectives of Testing
- Contain the spread of COVID-19 in our schools
- Allow our schools to remain open safely
- Increase safety in the school community by identifying and isolating infected people who are asymptomatic
- Increase comfort and peace of mind for students and staff in our school building
- Understand the incidence of COVID-19 in Framingham Public Schools to better inform district decision making regarding what model of learning is appropriate
- Testing programs help keep students in the classroom and allow them to take part in the other activities they love
Provide online consent for COVID Testing: STUDENT CONSENT FORM FOR OPTIONAL COVID-19 TESTING | FORMULARIO DE CONSENTIMIENTO DEL ESTUDIANTE PARA LAS PRUEBAS OPCIONALES DE COVID-19 | FORMULÁRIO DE CONSENTIMENTO DO ALUNO PARA TESTE DE COVID-19 OPCIONAL
Please complete the physical consent form below and send it to your child's school nurse. Here is the School Nurse Directory
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