FSSD Summer Update

Work Continues on Return to Learn 2020 Draft Plan

Parent Responses to Survey Guide Planning

Thank you to those who took the time to answer our survey request on the different scenarios we have developed. Over 1,450 survey responses were logged and have provided us with excellent data. The answers that parents have provided will continue to guide our planning as we work on our Return to Learn 2020 draft plan. We were very pleased with the parent survey’s response rate of approximately 1500 submissions across all eight schools. Please click this link to read a summary of responses to the parent survey, and how we are using that information in our planning.

Big picture

The Franklin Special School District’s planned return for the 2020-2021 school year is termed Return to Learn 2020. District leaders have spent many weeks meeting, planning, editing pacing guides, listening to stakeholders, and reviewing and evaluating local, state and federal health recommendations. We are confident that this draft plan will enable the students, families, faculty and staff to begin the 2020-2021 school year with confidence in our ability to continue to achieve our mission of Excellence in Teaching and Learning for All. Hand in hand with learning is the critical need to do everything we can to keep those under our supervision safe and healthy to the extent possible. We believe our Return to Learn 2020 draft plan accomplishes both.


The Return to Learn draft plan is comprehensive in its mission to ensure children and staff are safe in their learning environments for the 2020-2021 school year. While we are planning for the majority of students to return to our buildings, we understand there will be those who are unable to return and may decide to use our virtual learning option when school starts. We plan to accommodate both scenarios when we return to school August 7.


Because guidance from state and local authorities is changing rapidly, we do not plan to release the complete Return to Learn draft plan until mid-July, when the Board of Education will review it in full. However, click here to read the Executive Summary with highlights from our work to date.

Illness Threshold Chart for District Operations

The FSSD has worked in conjunction with the Williamson County Health Department, Emergency Management Agency and Williamson County Schools to develop a threshold chart that will guide our school operations through the pandemic.

Williamson County COVID-19 Active Case Dashboard

Williamson County Emergency Management Agency has developed a dashboard that updates active COVID-19 cases daily, as well graphs that show the county's historical data over the past three months. The dashboard also indicates which threshold level the county is currently in - low, moderate or substantial - which dictates how the FSSD will operate during the pandemic.