COVID-19 Reminders and Updates

September 10, 2021

Navigating A New School Year with COVID-19

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WELCOME BACK!

Dear Families,

Welcome back to school! We are so glad to be back to school in person. We will make every effort to ensure that our school communities are safe and healthy!


For the first time during the pandemic, children now account for more than one quarter of new weekly US COVID-19 cases, according to the latest report from the American Academy of Pediatrics. With this information in hand, we want to provide you with some important guidance to help you decide when it is safe to send your child to school and when to keep them home.


If you have any COVID-related questions, please contact the COVID Call Center.

The COVID Call Center is available to take your COVID-19 questions daily between 6:00am and 6:00pm.


BY PHONE: 508-782-6633

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BY EMAIL: covid@framingham.k12.ma.us

Monday - Friday 6:00am - 6:00pm

important: Monitor for COVID-19 Symptoms

Our goal is to keep everyone in school healthy and engaged in learning. You can help us by monitoring your child's symptoms every morning before sending them to school. These are the symptoms of COVID-19 to look for:


  • Fever 100 F or 37.7C or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea


If your child has any of these symptoms, do not send them to school. Be sure to call your health care provider and your school nurse to let them know that your child is staying home with COVID-19 symptoms. Your child must be cleared by the school nurse to return to school.


If your child has symptoms, take the following steps:

  • Get your child a PCR test (preferred) or BinaxNow rapid test administered by a health-care provider.

  • Over-the-counter, self administered COVID tests will not be accepted.

  • Your child should be symptom free for 24 hours (without any fever-reducing medication) before returning to school.

  • Provide test results to your school nurse and wait for clearance from them to return to school.

  • Call your school nurse if you are unsure of what to do.

OTHER REASONS TO KEEP YOUR CHILD/REN HOME

If your child/ren are NOT VACCINATED, keep them home and contact your school nurse if

  • your child/ren or anyone in your household is sick with COVID-like symptoms or received a positive COVID-19 test
  • your child is waiting for a COVID-19 test result (Please provide the negative test result to your school nurse.)
  • your child/ren have been told they are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 outside of school
  • you believe your child/ren have been exposed to COVID-19 outside of school


** If your child has been identified as a close contact, is vaccinated, has no symptoms, or has had COVID-19 in the last 90 days, they can come to school, but must check in with the school nurse.

COVID-19 + Impact on Children

Clicking on this link will bring you to a Boston Children’s Hospital webpage: Is the Delta variant worse for kids? Answers to your questions.

UPCOMING VACCINE CLINICS

The COVID-19 vaccine is the leading prevention strategy to keep from getting infected with the virus and spreading it to others. Every child 12 years of age and older is now eligible to get the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.


Please see below for information on community clinics (the first one is tomorrow, 9/11); school-based clinics for students; and ongoing clinics through the City of Framingham.


Pfizer Consent Forms for Students 12 - 17 Years Old

Community Vaccine Clinics

Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J available for all community members

Pfizer Vaccine for Students 12+


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The COVID-19 Vaccine is completely free to everyone. No health insurance, social security number, or ID of any kind is required to get vaccinated. You can get your 1st or 2nd dose. All 12 years old and above are eligible, written parent/guardian consent is needed between age 12-17 years old.

WALK INS. No Appointment or registration required!

Questions? (508) 405-0609


Clinic 1: Saturday, September 11, 2021

  • Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Location: Harmony Grove Elementary School


Clinic 2: Saturday, October 2, 2021

  • Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Location: Harmony Grove Elementary School
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FPS Hosted Vaccine Clinics

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is very safe and highly effective at preventing infection. Help protect your whole family and our community and keep our students in school by consenting to have your child(ren) 12 years and older vaccinated against COVID-19 at our school-based vaccine clinics which take place during the school day.


  • Fuller Middle School: Friday, September 24 (1st dose), Thursday, October 15 (2nd dose)
  • Cameron Middle School: Friday, September 24 (1st dose), Thursday, October 15 (2nd dose)
  • Walsh Middle School: Friday, September 17 (1st dose), Thursday, October 7 (2nd dose)
  • Framingham High School: Friday, September 17 (1st dose), Thursday, October 7 (2nd dose)


Each student getting the vaccine at the School-based Vaccine Clinic will receive a $25 grocery gift card (from Market Basket or Stop and Shop) with their vaccine card.


You do not need to be present at the school for your child to receive the vaccine. However, we do need your signed consent before the in-school vaccine clinics. Middle and high school families will receive links to the necessary consent forms next week.

Vaccine Locations in Framingham for students 12 years + and families

  • Walk ins - Framingham Office of Public Health Nursing: 113 Concord Street, Framingham
  • Schedule:
    • Monday-Friday: 8:30am - 10:00am
    • Tuesday-Thursday: 4:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Anyone getting the vaccine at the clinic will receive a $25 grocery gift card (from Market Basket or Stop and Shop with their vaccine card).

COVID-19 TESTING - SIGN-UP TODAY!

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 testing program.


For more information on COVID-19 Testing, please visit the FPS Website.


Provide online consent for COVID Testing:


Emergency Contact Information

If you have not done so already, please provide your school and your school nurse with four emergency contacts who can pick your child up from school if they become sick during the day.
  • Students will need to be picked up from school within one hour after you are contacted to get them.
  • Please update your emergency contact information as soon as it changes.

Framingham Public Schools

Department of Health and Wellness


Judith Styer, BSN, BA, RN, NCSN

Director of Health and Wellness


Stacey Cugini, MS, LCSW, CAGS

Assistant Director of Health and Wellness