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Statement from the Framingham Public Schools Regarding Furloughs During Remote Learning

Framingham Public Schools
Robert A. Tremblay, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools

Rochelle Santos, Media & Communications Manager
Framingham Public Schools
rsantos@framingham.k12.ma.us 
774-388-7121 


Statement from the Framingham Public Schools Regarding Furloughs During Remote Learning

September 2, 2020 (Framingham, MA) - In collaboration with the Department of Public Health, Dr. Robert Tremblay, Superintendent of Schools, has decided that learning in the 2020-2021 school year will begin remotely due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus). With the exception of limited students participating in Explorers full-day programming, the majority of our school buildings will not have students present until at least October 5th. As a result, we must now make some difficult personnel decisions. 

Effective September 15, 2020, the School Department is implementing a temporary furlough of certain positions, including 41 food services and cafeteria monitors as a result of staff’s inability to provide services while students are learning in a remote setting. While we are in a remote learning phase, only 28 employees are needed to provide the food services the District requires to support the FPS community. Consequently, we have had to furlough employees for whom we currently lack work. It is with a grave heart that we embark on this road, and we are eager to begin bringing back staff on October 5th which is when we currently expect to bring back our students with the highest needs. Additional staff will be invited back when the high needs students are anticipated to return, likely on or around October 26th. Assuming a community health status designation at “yellow” or “green” based on the COVID-19 reporting in Framingham, all furloughed staff will be invited to come back when we go hybrid (scheduled for November 5th). While the decision to start the year remotely has clearly created challenges, we are hopeful that public safety measures will ensure a sooner return to in-person instruction.

Employees are guaranteed to continue with their own healthcare coverage, and they will be welcomed back as soon as the public health situation allows. We wish our furloughed employees the best during this unprecedented time and are working hard to return our affected employees to the workforce as quickly as possible.

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