SEPTEMBER 4, 2020

FPS Family Newsletter | 20-21 Issue 08

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RETURNING TO LEARNING

It has been an amazing week! There was so much joy in seeing our students return to the classrooms both in-person and virtually. The journey to get here has been challenging but we are so very grateful that your children are back in the learning environment. It is truly our privilege to be working with them. I look forward to the school year, no matter what it brings. For now, I would like to share with you a small photo library of the happy moments we have had this first week.


Take care and stay well.

Dr. Judy Mueller

SHOULD YOUR CHILD STAY HOME OR GO TO SCHOOL?

A lot of information has been shared with families regarding school attendance related to the spread of COVID-19. Here are a few scenarios for you to review along with guidance for making decisions about students' presence at school.

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Please remember that to follow these guidelines for symptoms as any of these symptoms or combinations of symptoms meet the criteria for suspected COVID-19. Students with these symptoms should NOT attend school.

Students with any of these symptoms are asked to stay home and alert the school using our new attendance process (see more below). Thank you for your partnership in keeping sick children home to alleviate any unnecessary exposure to students and staff. We are prepared to respond to cases of COVID-19 in our classrooms and buildings making every possible effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19 within FPS.

ATTENDANCE FORM & NEW PROCESS FOR ALL SCHOOLS AND ALL ATTENDANCE NEEDS!

It is essential to note that attendance is now reported using THIS FORM. The attendance form is also located as a button on the main page and under the “Parents Information” sections of your school’s website. This form will require you to enter your child’s six-digit student ID number and birthdate before you can report your child absent. Student specific medical information collected by the form will remain confidential and only be shared within the health and nursing services team. This form was designed to help us rapidly assess possible cases of COVID-19 so that we can mitigate the spread of the virus. After completing the form, you may receive a follow-up phone call or email from one of our health and nursing services staff with either follow-up questions or additional information.


This attendance form should be used to report ANY attendance need for any date(s)!

FOOD SERVICE UPDATES & CHANGES

FOOD SERVICE CHANGES START MON, SEPT 14

The USDA has informed the District that they are starting a program where all children can receive free meals through December 31, 2020, or until the funding is exhausted. Beginning Monday September 14, 2020, Franklin Public Schools will join this program and make lunch meals available at no cost to all children age 18 and younger regardless of free/reduced lunch status. Please complete the meal interest survey so that we can purchase enough food.


It is important to note that student allergen information will not be available at the point of distribution of the meals as this program requires a different procedure. Therefore, it is important that each family view and discuss with their children the allergens in that day's meals. Please check online for the menu as menus are subject to change. There will be one menu online for virtual student meal pick-up starting the week of September 14th. The pick-up time will remain 8:30 to 9:00 Monday thru Friday at FPMS. We have had a lot of no shows so please mark it on your calendar.


The USDA program will provide one free meal per student per day. Students at the high school and middle school can still purchase an additional entree if they choose to do so. Individual milk purchases, separate from a meal, are not free under this program, so the student’s lunch account will be charged.


We are happy we can provide this service to the children of Franklin!


FOOD SERVICE MEAL SURVEY REQUEST FORM FOR WEEK OF SEPT 14

If you are planning on ordering a lunch during the week of September 14, we ask that you complete this meal interest survey indicating your lunch preferences by 11:59pm this coming Tuesday, September 8 (even though the body of the email said Sunday). Filling this out a week ahead of when needed helps our food services team to better plan for the upcoming weeks and improve the lunch experience for your child.

COMMUNITY ED & REC FALL RECREATION GUIDE IS LIVE!

The Community Education & Recreation Department is continuing to offer safe programming where possible. Due to the constantly changing offerings, our Fall Recreation Guide will remain digital, just like our Summer Guide. We are pleased to share that the Fall Guide is live online now and you can view it at this link or by clicking the guide cover at the right. Some fall class additions include adult sports, adult enrichment, cooking classes, and some online yoga classes. Check out the guide for more information!

NEED CHROMEBOOK HELP?

Check out this chromebook troubleshooting document to find answer to frequent chromebook technical questions or issues.


Students and Families should use the student tech help form if the chromebook needs a repair or tech supported is needed. Students will also be learning from their teachers on how to use this form over the coming weeks.

MASK UP, FRANKLIN!

The Franklin Educational Foundation, in partnership with the PTA/PTO's at each school, is working to support and off-set the costs of additional supplies throughout the school year and we need your help!

Every day our team at Franklin Public Schools works to make the lives of students better by planning for and supporting the best education during the pandemic. The district has an initial supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as face masks, sanitizer and other health- related necessities. The FEF and PTA/PTO's are partnering together to work on this campaign to help with additional supplies throughout the school year.


You can lend your support to our students, teachers, and staff with a donation of additional face masks and other items.


Here are a few ways YOU can make a difference:


  1. Donate money through our portal here and masks, lanyards and other equipment will be purchased.
  2. Purchase masks and items through our Amazon wishlist. Items will be directly delivered to the Franklin Educational Foundation.
  3. Donate homemade "2-ply-or-more" masks or store-purchased items to the Franklin Educational Foundation at 8255 W. Forest Hill Ave. (Items should be individually wrapped.)


Donations can be dropped off at the Franklin Public Schools Education and Community Center, 8255 W. Forest Hill Avenue. Our Health Team is requesting that all masks and equipment be directly donated at this location vs. your child's school in order to effectively monitor the supply. Masks will then be distributed to the schools as needed.


Thank you for your contribution!

The Franklin Educational Foundation & Your PTA/PTO

AS WE GO INTO THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND...

...We are asking you to DO YOUR PART, Franklin! We got schools open and we want to keep them going strong for our in-person learners. Please remember the 3 W's to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our area. Please also be aware of where you are and what you are doing this holiday weekend. Social distancing from larger group gatherings is one of the ways to help this virus not spread and to help us stay open.
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