AUGUST 14, 2020

FPS Family Newsletter | 20-21 Issue 05

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The Community Equation & Keeping Schools Open

A message I conveyed in the July City of Franklin Newsletter related to the need for our entire community to work together to ensure that our can continue to learn in-person at school. As we get ready to open school, this message continues to be very important.

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In order to track our success with this equation, I continue to meet with the Franklin Health Department two to three times each week for the purpose of discussing the COVID-19 data for Franklin as well as the details of our plans to open school. Together we continue to assess a variety of data points such as positivity rate, disease burden, trends, rolling averages not only for Franklin specifically but for Milwaukee county and our neighboring communities.


In addition, I know many of our parents have questions regarding the metrics we will be using to make decisions around the continuation of our in-person learning program, as well as the circumstances under which we would close our school for at-home learning. We are continuing to work hard to identify the metrics we will be using for these decisions, as well as the structure of any needed transition to at-home learning. We ask for your patience as we continue to work with the most up to date data around these decisions. Prior to the start of school, you will be receiving detailed information on the metrics we will be using, as well as what any needed transition to at-home learning would look like.


In the meantime, as a community we can continue to do our part to ensure a successful start to the school year by social distancing to protect against the spread of COVID-19.



Take care and be well.

Dr. Judy Mueller

ALL SCHOOL SUPPLY LISTS ARE UPDATED

Thank you to all of you for your patience as we set up our Virtual Option and revisit some of our normal start of the year processes like school supplies. As of today, all school supply lists are updated.


One common question right now is, "Are school supplies the same for VIRTUAL students as they are for IN-PERSON students?"

  • For 4K-5th Virtual: We have trimmed down the in-person school supply list and linked up a "Virtual" supply list to each school's supply list document.
  • For 6-12 Virtual: We have listed the general supplies needed for each grade level and advise Virtual students to connect with the teacher(s) during the first few days of school to find out what is essential to have at home in the way of school supplies.

You can find links to all school supply lists on this page here.

BUILDINGS & GROUNDS REOPENING DOORS PLANNING

As we shared in last week's newsletter, our Reopening Doors FAQ includes specific information on improved disinfecting, sanitizing and cleaning procedures for all of our buildings. What follows are some ways in which our Buildings and Grounds Department has adapted our practices to provide a more safe environment for our students and staff:
During the school day, custodial staff will utilize disinfectants in a variety of ways. Custodial staff will be wiping down high touch surface areas like door knobs, hand rails, light switches and bathrooms. Some bathrooms may be closed during the day to staff and students while these disinfectant procedures are occurring.
In the cafeterias, microfiber table mops will be utilized with sanitizer before each lunch period and after all lunches are complete. Table tops and seats will be sanitized. This will also be the process if the cafeteria/multipurpose room is used for any activities.

Hand sanitizing stations will also be available throughout high-traffic areas in the building for students to use such as cafeterias, offices, and hallways. Students are expected to use hand sanitizer before school, prior to lunch, following lunch, between classes, and as needed throughout the day. Students who are allergic to sanitizer will be allowed to wash their hands at an appropriate location.

All classrooms will be equipped with the same level of basic supplies. In general, sanitation supplies in all spaces/classrooms will break down as follows:


  • A Refillable Bottle of Hand Sanitizer
  • A Refillable Bottle of Disinfecting Spray
  • Paper Towels
  • Hand Soap (if room contains a sink)
  • Art, Music, Phy Ed, FACS, Computer Lab Classrooms & Tech Ed will contain all of the above as well as disinfecting wipes
After the classroom is cleaned every night, custodial staff will utilize a disinfectant spray on all hard surfaces (tables, desks, chairs, teacher desk, door handles, light switches and other high touch surface areas). The disinfectant will dwell and then air dry on the surfaces.
In addition, all water fountain/bubblers in the district are in the process of being upgraded to include bottle filler stations to allow staff/students to refill water bottles without any contact with hard surfaces. Some of these stations are still being installed and installation may still be occurring during the first few days of school.

COVID-19 AWARENESS - STAYING HOME WHEN SICK

Last week, information was shared regarding the importance of keeping children home when they are showing signs of illness. The FPS Health and Nursing Services team will be evaluating reported signs and symptoms of illness that are reported to the building office staff and/or are assessed when students are physically present at school to determine if those signs and symptoms meet the criteria to be defined as suspected COVID-19.

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Additionally, if your child meets the criteria for suspected COVID-19 or tests positive for COVID-19, we would exclude any students and staff that are defined as close contacts for 14 days. FPS staff will be prepared to provide information about close contacts among students when needed.


Also, if you are calling in your child with symptoms of illness (more information on specific attendance procedures to come soon), we will be asking for additional information and your child may be excluded for a period of time based on symptoms


We are asking for partnership to keep sick students 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.

POWERSCHOOL SCHEDULES/TEACHERS NOT ACCURATE

Please continue to be aware that PowerSchool teachers listed or schedules are not accurate or correct. We are working very hard to shore up teaching assignments and student placements in courses. There are no set schedules or teachers at this point. We will communicate with all families when schedules and teachers are set -- which will not be until the last week of August. Thank you for your understanding as we continue to adjust In-Person and Virtual schedules for the 20-21 school year.

FOOD SERVICE SURVEY COMING NEXT WEEK

As we head into the school year with some students attending IN-PERSON and some VIRTUAL, we need to get a better understanding of the food needs for all students. Early next week, we will release a food survey to all families to determine a general number of students that will be requesting school lunch during the first two weeks of school. Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey when it comes to you so we have better information for our ordering and meal preparation since this is not a typical year.

LOOKING FOR MORE INFORMATION?

We are working very hard to prepare for the school year. We encourage you to continue checking out the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page where we are constantly updating that information with questions and answers that will be helpful. We are marking new or updated questions with (NEW) in front of the question to draw your eye to newer information.

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