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.
Timeline and Summary of Recent Guidance
Updated August 24, 2021
This is a timeline and summary of the most recent guidance issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA DPH) and elected and appointed State officials.
- 07-19-2021: American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a “layered approach to make school safe for all students, teachers, and staff.” The AAP’s guidance “includes a recommendation that everyone older than age 2 wear masks, regardless of vaccination status.
- 07-27-2021: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests a return to indoor mask-wearing in this CDC guidance. In the guidance, they state the following: “CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status.”
- 07-30-2021: In collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA DPH), the Commissioner of Education releases this new guidance for PK-12 public schools. Later that day, Governor Baker speaks in support of the Commissioner’s recommendations.
- 08-20-2021: Commissioner Riley announces in this press release that he will “ask the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to grant him authority to mandate masks for all public K-12 students, educators, and staff through October 1 to ensure schools fully reopen safely and to provide time for more students and educators to get vaccinated.”
The district will not be requiring students to complete the MyMedBot daily attestation form this school year. However, it is expected that all families will 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 symptoms of COVID-19, they should stay home from school and the family should notify their school nurse that the child will be absent and the reason for the absence. The school nurse will follow-up with the family regarding the child’s symptoms, and develop a plan for return to school.
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