Showing posts with label report. Show all posts
Showing posts with label report. Show all posts

Thursday, April 7, 2022

FM #765 - Franklin Housing Authority Mtg - 04/04/22 (audio recording)

FM #765 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 765 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares the audio recording of the Franklin Housing Authority meeting held on Monday, April 4, 2022 in the Common Room at Central Park Terrace. 


Participating were:

  • GEORGE DANELLO, CHAIR 

  • CHRIS FEELEY

  • PETER BRUNELLI

  • ANDREW M KEPPLE, STATE APPOINTEE

  • Lisa M. Audette, Housing Authority Agent


The recording of the meeting runs about 50 minutes.  (note - as the meeting was held in the common room, there is a TV in the back of the room that a resident was watching. You may hear it in the background from time to time.)


Audio file ->  
https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-765-franklin-housing-authority-mtg-04-04-22


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Meeting agenda doc -> https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/events/fha_4-4-22.pdf 

 

Franklin Housing Authority web page -> https://www.franklinma.gov/housing-authority 


My notes captured via Twitter during the meeting

https://drive.google.com/file/d/16ySy3mgUO8JY0OO3-8lxR9JD5uAJO5Cg/view?usp=sharing 


Franklin Observer’s recap of the meeting

https://franklinobserver.town.news/g/franklin-town-ma/n/73048/high-marks-housing-authority 


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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial.  


This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.

 

How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know


Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.


For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/ or www.franklin.news/

If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com


The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.


I hope you enjoy!

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Franklin Housing Authority
Franklin Housing Authority

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Report on the Future of Work

"THE NATURE OF work is changing due to technology, automation, and the explosion of remote work. Addressing the challenges posed by these shifts will require not only traditional workforce supports like job training, but also a change in how society addresses the factors that allow employees to be successful, from childcare to public transit. 

That was the key theme of a report released Tuesday by the legislatively created Commission on the Future of Work, chaired by Sen. Eric Lesser, a Longmeadow Democrat, and Rep. Josh Cutler, a Pembroke Democrat. Its 17 members represented business, labor, higher education, and related fields.  

“For many workers, success will depend on new work supports and infrastructure such as flexible childcare and eldercare, responsive public transportation, adequate housing stock, robust mental health services, access to broadband, and digital literacy,” the report says.   "

Continue reading the article ->


"We need to bring everyone into the tent.

That’s how Joseph Bevilacqua, president of the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce, summed up the findings of a state commission that studied the future of work, a panel on which he served. The general theme of the commission’s recommendations, released on Tuesday, revolve around figuring out ways to ensure as many people as possible share in the success of Massachusetts’ innovation economy.

For employers, it’s about finding the workers to fill tens of thousands of open jobs across the state. For individuals, it’s about acquiring the skills necessary to fill those jobs, particularly positions that offer career advancement opportunities, a living wage, and strong benefits."
Continue reading the article online (Subscription may be required)

 

A state panel on Tuesday issued recommendations about the "future of work" in Massachusetts, which lawmakers hope to include in bills before the legislature this year.TIM GRAHAM/PHOTOGRAPHER: TIM GRAHAM/GETTY I
A state panel on Tuesday issued recommendations about the "future of work" in Massachusetts, which lawmakers hope to include in bills before the legislature this year.TIM GRAHAM/PHOTOGRAPHER: TIM GRAHAM/GETTY I

Friday, March 18, 2022

Sunday, February 13, 2022

Franklin Charter Discussion - Frank & Steve close out with Part 3 - 11/29/21 (audio)

FM #730 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 730 in the series. 


This shares part 3 of my conversation with Frank Falvey, of Franklin Presents, a long time Franklin resident and cable show host. This is part of a three-part series on the Town Charter, the process to change it, and some of the possible revisions that Frank and I discuss.  

 

Links to the current Town charter (modified in 2013) and the charter report for 1995 (prior changes) are included in the show notes. 


The recording runs about 40 minutes: Let’s listen to this recording of Frank and I talk about the charter.  Audio file -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-730-franklin-charter-discussion-p3-of-3-11-29-21



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Feedback via email -> info@franklin.tv


Current Town Charter ->  https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/uploads/revised_2013_1.pdf 


Charter Commission Report - 1995

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0wjbnXDBhczeUlRYUpQeFd0QXc/view?usp=sharing&resourcekey=0-afykQfGLjmP3-DNzc-H-uA


MA General Law Chapter 34  https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleVI/Chapter34A/Section4 


Division of Local Services (DLS) - newsletter summarizing change change process https://www.mass.gov/doc/october4thpdf/download 


Part 1 - https://www.franklinmatters.org/2021/12/falvey-and-sherlock-talk-about-town.html 


Part 2 - https://www.franklinmatters.org/2022/01/franklin-town-charter-discussion-frank.html 


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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial.  


This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.

 

How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know


Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.


For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/ or www.franklin.news/


If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com


The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.


I hope you enjoy!

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You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"


Falvey and Sherlock in FHS for the first live broadcast on wfpr.fm Nov 2019
Falvey and Sherlock in FHS for the first live broadcast on wfpr.fm Nov 2019

Sunday, January 23, 2022

OCPF Reports: Notice of Public Hearing on proposed Regulation Changes

OCPF Reports (@OCPFReports) tweeted on Thu, Jan 20, 2022:
PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

E-mail jtait@cpf.state.ma.us for an invite to the hearing via Zoom. https://t.co/4i5TzDE4GG
 

Shared from Twitter: https://twitter.com/OCPFReports/status/1484274264559738883


OCPF Reports: Notice of Public Hearing on proposed Regulation Changes
OCPF Reports: Notice of Public Hearing on proposed Regulation Changes

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

One story, two headlines

Boston Globe:  
"Eric Rosengren, president of the Boston Fed, moves up retirement, citing kidney illness"

Continue reading the article online. (Subscription maybe required)   https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/09/27/business/eric-rosengren-president-boston-fed-retire-after-fed-begins-review-how-it-oversees-investments-officers/

Washington Post: 
"Two Fed officials announce retirements amid controversy over ethics and stocktrading"
Continue reading the article online. (Subscription maybe required)


Saturday, August 28, 2021

Report: "Massachusetts Cities and Towns Leading the Way to 100% Renewable Energy"

"Cities and towns are taking ambitious steps to increase renewable electricity generation, reduce energy use, and shift to clean heating technologies, according to a new report from the Environment Massachusetts Research & Policy Center.

“The best ideas for clean energy often start at the local level,” said Ben Hellerstein, state director for the center. “If we want to have cleaner air, healthier communities, and a safer future for our children, we need to move rapidly toward 100% renewable energy from sources like the sun and the wind. These communities are showing how to make it happen.”

The report, Renewable Communities 2021, features the following seven case studies of Massachusetts cities, towns and regional agencies that are leading the way to 100% renewable energy. "

Continue reading the article online


Visit Environmental Massachusetts for more information ->   https://environmentmassachusettscenter.org/

Report:  "Massachusetts Cities and Towns Leading the Way to 100% Renewable Energy"
Report:  "Massachusetts Cities and Towns Leading the Way to 100% Renewable Energy"


Sunday, July 18, 2021

The Guardian: "the dozen are responsible for 73% of all anti-vaccine content"

"The vast majority of COVID-19 anti-vaccine misinformation and conspiracy theories originated from just 12 people, a report by the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) cited by the White House this week found.

CCDH, a UK/US non-profit and non-governmental organization, found in March that these 12 online personalities they dubbed the “disinformation dozen” have a combined following of 59 million people across multiple social media platforms, with Facebook having the largest impact. CCDH analyzed 812,000 Facebook posts and tweets and found 65% came from the disinformation dozen. Vivek Murthy, US surgeon general, and Joe Biden focused on misinformation around vaccines this week as a driving force of the virus spreading.

On Facebook alone, the dozen are responsible for 73% of all anti-vaccine content, though the vaccines have been deemed safe and effective by the US government and its regulatory agencies. And 95% of the COVID misinformation reported on these platforms were not removed."
Continue reading the article online (subscription maybe required) 
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/17/covid-misinformation-conspiracy-theories-ccdh-report

On Facebook alone, the dozen are responsible for 73% of all anti-vaccine content, though the vaccines have been deemed safe and effective by the US government and its regulatory agencies. Photograph: Science Photo Library/Alamy Stock Photo
On Facebook alone, the dozen are responsible for 73% of all anti-vaccine content, though the vaccines have been deemed safe and effective by the US government and its regulatory agencies. Photograph: Science Photo Library/Alamy Stock Photo


Tuesday, June 29, 2021

"members simply could not reach a consensus on an issue that became incredibly controversial"

"AFTER 16 MONTHS of work, members of a commission tasked with updating the state’s laws for reporting child abuse have failed to reach an agreement and will not make any recommendations to the Legislature.  
The report of the mandated reporter commission is scheduled to be released Wednesday. At a meeting Monday, commission members decided to include in that report a summary of their deliberations and of feedback obtained in a public comment period – but not to vote on any legislative recommendations.  
“There’s no recommendations,” confirmed the state’s child advocate, Maria Mossaides, who chairs the commission, after the meeting.  
Asked why the commission decided not to make any recommendations, Mossaides said she was “unwilling to speak for the commission on that matter,” and she would let the document speak for itself when it is released. "

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Boston Foundation: report -> "Pathways to Economic Mobility"

Boston Foundation (@bostonfdn) tweeted on Thu, Jun 10, 2021:
The Pathways to Economic Mobility report draws on data across high schools, postsecondary institutions & employers, exploring important & timely questions to better understand the impact of community colleges on students' career trajectories. 
Read it here: https://t.co/hjYbLW7jqz 

Shared from Twitter: https://twitter.com/bostonfdn/status/1402991082166620171

Boston Foundation: report -> "Pathways to Economic Mobility"
Boston Foundation: report -> "Pathways to Economic Mobility"


Thursday, April 1, 2021

What background disqualifies a reporter from a story?

"Felicia Sonmez had to flee her home. In early 2020, after the death of the basketball player Kobe Bryant, Sonmez, a longtime breaking news reporter at the Washington Post, tweeted a link to a Daily Beast story about the 2003 rape allegation against Bryant. The tweet had no commentary and no editorializing by Sonmez, and yet on the day it appeared online, it was a lonely acknowledgment of Bryant’s compromised legacy amid a sea of uncritical praise for the dead athlete. In response, the reporter received a deluge of abuse from Bryant’s fans. They were angry at what they saw as Sonmez besmirching Bryant’s memory by acknowledging the accusation that he had been sexually violent towards a Colorado woman; they were willing to avenge this disrespect, or so they claimed, with more violence against women. The name-calling escalated into threats, and some of those threats seemed credible. Her home address was published online. For her own safety, Sonmez went briefly into hiding.

The story is sadly familiar to female journalists, who face harassment, threats, stalking, and other digital hostility as a strange and uncompensated condition of their jobs. But in many cases, these female journalists are defended by their employers. Such was the case for Taylor Lorenz, a New York Times reporter on digital culture who was targeted by Tucker Carlson and other rightwing instigators last month: the Times issued a statement standing by their reporter, and condemning the attacks against her."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required) 
 

Friday, February 19, 2021

Franklin's COVID-19 case count continue the downward trend

 

"The state releases a map on a weekly basis that uses coronavirus case counts to show which Massachusetts communities are at high, moderate, and low risk for COVID-19 infection. The state’s latest report lists a total of 66 Massachusetts communities now considered high risk for the spread of COVID-19.

The statewide average daily rate of infection per 100,000 residents was at 30, down from 38.5, last week, and Boston’s average daily rate was at 30.4, down from 38.8 last week."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required) 


Tucked in an updated at the Town Council meeting on Wednesday, the revelation that Franklin lost 38 residents (85% over the age of 75) to COVID-19 thus far in the pandemic. As you read this, let's stop for a moment to remember those who have left us.

As for COVID-19 cases, we have dropped again to 2.4% (percent positivity test results). This continues the downward trend (from 3.7 last week and 4.7 the week before).

Franklin's COVID-19 case count continue the downward trend
Franklin's COVID-19 case count continue the downward trend


Saturday, January 9, 2021

FM #427 Board of Health Meeting - 1/06/21 (audio)

FM #427 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 427 in the series.
 
This session shares the Franklin, MA Board of Health meeting held on Wednesday, Jan 6, 2021. 

The meeting was conducted in a hybrid format: some of the Health Dept were in the Municipal Building, the remainder, Committee, (and public) were remote via conference bridge, all to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

The show notes contain links to the meeting agenda and to my notes. 

The recording runs about 39 minutes. Let’s listen to the Board of Health meeting held on Wednesday, Jan 6, 2021. Audio file =   https://www.hipcast.com/podcast/HV06SSGS


 

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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm).

This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.
 
How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors
  • If you don't like something here, please let me know

Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.
 
For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/ 

If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com

The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.

I hope you enjoy!

------------------

You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters" 

FM #427 Board of Health Meeting - 1/06/20 (audio)
FM #427 Board of Health Meeting - 1/06/20 (audio)




Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Town of Franklin, MA: COVID-19 Dashboard


The Town of Franklin COVID-19 Dashboard can be found here bit.ly/TOFDshbrd 
new 'dashboard view' = https://t.co/jPvsvLAL0O
Shared from Twitter = https://t.co/pUiGppThKQ


The new presentation of data uses the same data previously shared
The chart below details the confirmed, recovered, and isolated cases of COVID-19 in the Town of Franklin. This data reflects the most current information available and will be updated with additional information as confirmed counts are released through the Franklin Board of Health from the state Department of Public Health (DPH). Data for this table is based on information available in the Department of Public Health surveillance database at a single point in time. Case counts for specific cities and towns change throughout the day, as data cleaning occurs (removal of duplicate reports within the system) and new demographic information (assigning cases to their city or town of residence) is obtained. Statewide data is here  (https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-response-reporting

 

Town of Franklin, MA: COVID-19 Dashboard
Town of Franklin, MA: COVID-19 Dashboard


Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Davis Thayer Facilities Analysis - step by step process

From the Davis Thayer Facility Analysis page:
The Davis Thayer Elementary School was authorized for further analysis through a study as prescribed by the School Committee Policy FCB - Retirement of Facilities. The rationale for the facilities analysis includes:
  1. the age and design of the facility;
  2. decreased enrollment across the district; and
  3. economic efficiency.
Although preliminary enrollment projections are available, the District will be obtaining more detailed and thoroughly analyzed demographic details and enrollment projections. Additionally, the District will be examining the Davis Thayer facility and space utilization/availability across the district. You can find detailed information as is becomes available on the lefthand links.

Updates related to this study will be shared at regular intervals at School Committee meetings, online and directly with the DT community, at least on a monthly basis. We recognize this process can be emotional; the District is committed to engaging in this study with the greatest of care towards students, families, and staff.
https://www.franklinps.net/district/davis-thayer-facilities-analysis
 
There is no specific "time" line, there is a defined process flow and the process is still in Phase 1 as shown in this flow (below). There is no timeline in that the process will cover step by step as needed but NOT by a specific date. 
 
The discussion on the report Tuesday night gets to focus on the specifics in the report but will not reach a conclusion yet as indicated by the process there is more analysis to be done.

Davis Thayer Facilities Analysis
Davis Thayer Facilities Analysis

Comprehensive Facilities Assessment 
 
School Committee Meeting Agenda
 

Saturday, October 10, 2020

South Franklin Congregational Meeting House Existing Conditions Report and Peer Review

South Franklin Congregational Meeting House Existing Conditions Report and Peer Review


South Franklin Congregational Meeting House Existing Conditions Report and Peer Review
South Franklin Congregational Meeting House Existing Conditions Report and Peer Review



Thursday, September 24, 2020

Boston Foundation Housing Report Card

"Some fascinating (and troubling) data being shared by @sassermodestino at the new @bostonfdn Housing Report Card webinar. Mass. being hit hard - especially communities of color - what will it mean for housing stability? Her new report is up now at https://t.co/zP5HSLhLui."
 
"Although economists are predicting a gradual recovery of the U.S. economy beginning sometime in the third quarter of 2020, forecasts show that the labor market will not return to pre-pandemic levels until the end of 2022.1
In Massachusetts, where unemployment is significantly higher than the national rate, it could take even longer to recover all of the jobs lost during the COVID-19 recession due to the initial severity of the pandemic and the exposure of key industries like education and health care.
Against this backdrop, residents face reduced unemployment insurance benefits that will constrain their ability to continue making their housing payments in full. Coupled with the eventual expiration of state and national eviction moratoriums, the cumulative impact of deferred rental and mortgage payments has the potential to lead to large increases in housing displacement in 2021."

Read the full report online:
 
There are also links to watch the webinar and to download the presentation copy
 
Tweet from Ted McEnroe (@tmcenroe) https://twitter.com/tmcenroe/status/1308772716548362240 https://twitter.com/tmcenroe/status/1308772716548362240?s=20 https://twitter.com/tmcenroe
 
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Boston Foundation Housing Report Card
Boston Foundation Housing Report Card
 status/1308772716548362240?s=20  https://twitter.com/tmcenroe/status/1308772716548362240?s=20
https://twitter.com/tmcenroe/status/1308772716548362240?s=20.com/tmcenroe/status/1308772716548362240?s=20 

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Superintendent’s Report to Franklin (MA) School Committee: September 8, 2020 Meeting

School Reopening Update

First Ten Days of PD

We have had five excellent days of professional development so far. The administrators and faculty/staff alike appreciate the training on workplace safety standards and professional development on digital tools and SEL. They are most appreciative of the afternoon time to collaborate, plan, and implement new learning.

We continue with five more professional days this week, which include a focus on assessing students’ knowledge and skills upon return to school, more training on digital tools, and anti-bias education for faculty, staff, and administrators. We are working with a consultant, who built capacity among the leadership team. This will be an extension of that work with staff across the district.

Communication

Families can expect a multitude of communications to be forthcoming this week -- cohort information, schedules, and class placements will all be issued. Additionally, Anne Marie Tracey is developing a presentation for families on the numerous things that they can expect -- from appropriate mask wearing, to monitoring of symptoms, and how to be ready for remote/ hybrid instruction.

Air Quality

The Franklin Public Schools, in preparation for welcoming staff and eventually students back to school, will implement processes to increase air circulation from the outdoors. For one week prior to the start of the school year, commencing with the return of faculty and staff to campus on September 1st, the dampers will be open greater than their typical 20-35% to promote circulation throughout the buildings. HVAC settings will be adjusted to increase the flow of outdoor air daily and will be set to extend the hours of ventilation beyond the school day.

Windows and doors will be open to promote air circulation when appropriate and safe

The District proactively services all units and changes filters through a maintenance contract with Automatic Temperature Controls, Inc.. (ATC). ATC services the HVAC twice per year for preventative maintenance and as needed for repair work. Preventative maintenance occurred on all systems in the summer of 2020. This included the changing of filters, all of which are rated as appropriate for each system.

Carbon dioxide readings are automatically maintained between 200-800 parts per million. Air transfer is a minimum of 20 cubic feet per minute per individual in a classroom.

The District is beginning the project to upgrade the HVAC systems with Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI). This project will occur over the fall months with a goal of completion by the end of December. This upgrade is not a requirement, but rather is a suggestion by ASHRAE Notification of COVID Cases, and will help to promote better air quality not only for COVID but also in protecting against other viruses in the future.

All classrooms are equipped with indoor fans, which may be placed in an exhaust mode in classrooms. Air conditioning units may be used only with District approval.

Mike D’Angelo is preparing an additional statement on the status of our HVAC systems and what has been done to promote even greater air quality.

Notification of COVID Cases

The District needs to maintain student and staff confidentiality at all times. The District, however, will also weigh the community’s need to know in order to prevent further spread of the Coronavirus. The facts and specifics of each case’s circumstances will determine the nature of the communication. The greater the exposure for people in the district, the more communication and direct guidance there will be.

We are also mindful, however, that there is a stigma attached to COVID-19 and appeal to the community to be generous and kind to each other. We can not tolerate harassment based on medical status.

The COVID Handbook addendum contains additional information about partial and full closure of schools and/or the district. In these instances, the facts would support widespread communication so that individuals can monitor symptoms.

The local Health Department and Public Health Nurse will be responsible for contact tracing, although FPS will assist with these efforts.

Mandatory Influenza Vaccine

I’d like to clarify my statement from last time related to the mandatory influenza vaccine. Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, influenza vaccine will be required for all students. Documentation of immunization status should be submitted to schools within 60 days of school start. This immunization is required in all models of learning, including Remote. Vaccinating against influenza is important for several reasons. Influenza vaccine is always important to receive to reduce the risk of getting sick with influenza, reduce the severity of disease if one does get sick (including the risk of hospitalization) due to influenza, as well as preventing the spread of influenza to others. During the COVID-19 pandemic, influenza vaccine will be especially critical to reduce the overall impact of respiratory illness on the population, protect vulnerable populations from severe illness, and decrease the overall burden on the healthcare system.

Exceptions may be granted for those for whom the vaccine is medically contraindicated. This needs to be supported by a statement from the child’s pediatrician. Exceptions may be granted for families who attest in writing that the vaccine violates sincerely held religious beliefs.

Document should be submitted to the school nurse by December 31, 2020. 


Superintendent’s Report to Franklin (MA) School Committee: September 8, 2020 Meeting
Superintendent’s Report to Franklin (MA) School Committee: September 8, 2020 Meeting