FPS to Receive Rapid Tests for Student Distribution
Framingham Public Schools
Robert A. Tremblay, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools
Media and Communications Manager
Farley Building, 19 Flagg Drive
Framingham, Massachusetts 01702
For Immediate Release
Framingham Public Schools to Receive Rapid Tests for Student Distribution
January 3, 2022 (Framingham, MA) Framingham Public Schools and the Office of the Mayor are pleased to announce that, working in close collaboration with the Framingham Department of Public Health (DPH), the District will be distributing 3,500 rapid antigen test kits to schools. These tests will be distributed to school-based nurses on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 following a formula that prioritizes our schools with the highest percentage of economically disadvantaged students and families. This distribution method aligns with the state directive to provide tests to individuals and families who are facing financial hardship. Additionally, this distribution broadens the city’s existing outreach efforts which supplied thousands of at-home tests to and through community partners.
Both Mayor Charlie Sisitsky and Superintendent Robert Tremblay are thankful to Alex DePalo, Framingham’s Director of Public Health, and the Framingham Public Schools COVID team for their planning, procurement and delivery of these tests.
“I am grateful to FPS and DPH for working with me to very quickly develop and implement this effort to get 3,500 COVID tests into the hands of the students who need them most,” said Mayor Sisitsky. “This is part of my overall plan to swiftly distribute the remainder of 10,000 kits, received from the state in December, throughout our community by the end of the week.”
Families should keep their children home from school and activities when they’re experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Students should be tested for COVID-19. Negative test results need to be shared with their school nurse before returning to school. Students should also participate in the district’s weekly testing program to help identify cases before children begin showing symptoms.
About Framingham Public Schools
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