The health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to Framingham Public Schools. We have engaged in many risk-mitigating measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our school community.
Compiled Risk Mitigation Strategies for Families
While it is impossible to eliminate all risk of contracting COVID-19, we can take several steps to try and protect ourselves and our community! In short, practicing a combination of efforts is the best way to lower the risk of transmitting COVID-19 among staff, students and families.
- Get Vaccinated and /or Boosted
- Monitor for Symptoms and Get Tested for COVID-19
- Keep Children Home When Sick
- Wear Masks Consistently and Correctly
- Wash Hands Frequently
- Maintain Physical Distance When Possible
- Participate in the District's Testing Program (In-School Routine COVID Testing (Complete your consent form) and At-Home Testing)
- Increase Ventilation and Air Circulation
- Get your Flu Shot
COVID or COVID-like Symptoms
All families are expected to assess each of their children every day for the following symptoms before coming to school or getting on the bus:
- Fever 100 F or 37.7C or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
If the student has any of the above symptoms of COVID-19, they should stay home from school and the family should notify their school nurse, office manager, and their schools before/after-school coordinator (if applicable) that the child will be absent and the reason for the absence. The school nurse may follow-up with the family regarding the child’s symptoms, and develop a plan for returning to school.
- If you or your children have vague cold-like symptoms, for example, only a sore throat and/or headache and/or congestion, please get tested.
- If your child’s symptoms continue, worsen or they develop an additional COVID symptom, please retest them. Antigen and home tests are most effective when repeated over the course of a couple days.
Framingham Public Schools is no longer doing formal Contact Tracing, which is the process of identifying and contacting individuals who have been within 6ft of an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes over a 24-hour period.
The District also sends an email to families when their child is in a classroom where there has been a positive case - this does not mean the child is positive or a confirmed close contact - but it encourages families to monitor their child closely for symptoms.
The District does provide a notification when a staff member or student tests positive through in-school testing. If you, your child, or someone in your household tests positive for COVID, you are encouraged to share this information with your friends, family, colleagues, teammates, or anyone you/they may have come in contact with during your infectious period.
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