News from Ms. Tornopsky
Welcome to the new school year!
Start of school Reminders:
Dear Franklin Families,
I'm so excited for this school year to start and have your students on campus. Here are some important reminders:
- When emailing administration, please include your student's name and grade level
- Always speak with the classroom teacher first regarding academics and concerns
- If a student or family member tests positive for COVID, fill out the self reporting tool
- Pre-ordered supplies are being delivered to the classrooms
- Allow extra time the first week for carline, be patient, no cell phones, pull all the way up
- Please stay in your car at drop off and pick up, we have plenty of staff to help
- Send supplies a little at a time, so your student can carry them
- Send a healthy snack for elementary students
- Create your Raptor account for volunteering
- Set up a lunch account through SLA for a la carte items
Ms. Rena Roseff-Tornopsky
Student COVID Policy Update
Please read the updated COVID student policy on our webstie:
This letter was sent out to our families this morning. In case you didn't receive it:
Dear Franklin Families,
We hope this email finds you well as we all continue to navigate the challenges of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past few days, the Florida Board of Education adopted new rules which will immediately affect the opening of our schools this week. The first relates to the Florida Department of Health’s emergency rule that was signed by Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees. The rule states that parents must be given an opt-out opportunity if a school district requires that students wear facial coverings (masks) on campus. Over the weekend, the School District of Palm Beach County implemented a rule requiring facial coverings be worn on campus at all times while inside school buildings and on buses. With this in mind, Franklin Academy is implementing the same policy with the opt-out option for our families. By filling out the form below for your child(ren), you will be permitting your child to attend school without the use of a facial covering.
MASK OPT-OUT FORM: https://tinyurl.com/NoMaskAtFA
The second rule that was made relates to student attendance and ensuring that work is provided to students who are under quarantine. Please note that asymptomatic students WILL NOT be marked absent from school if they are home under quarantine. We encourage you to visit your campus homepage and read the updated Student COVID-19 Policy which outlines the updated rules, including the reduction in days that a student must stay home after exposure. Teachers will be required to post schoolwork on their class Google Site and students will not be penalized for work missed while under quarantine. Missed work will be handed in based on our missed work policy (found in the Parent/Student Handbook). Per the State Rule, remote instruction will not be available for students who are home under quarantine, but Franklin Academy will ensure that assignments are posted, access to curricular resources is preserved and that students who have questions related to their schoolwork have access to administrative or instructional personnel.
Franklin Academy continues to prioritize student safety and will implement additional allowable health and safety protocols to help minimize and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Below are some of the measures we are proactively taking:
- Posters and Signage
- Hand Sanitizing Stations
- Daily Temperature Checks
- Enhanced Sanitization Practices
- Water Filling Stations
- Use of Electrostatic Sprayer
- Air Purifiers in Every Classroom
- Non-Negotiable Facial Covering (mask) Requirement for all Franklin Academy Staff
- Non-Negotiable Facial Covering (mask) Requirement for all Franklin Academy Visitors (Including Families)
Franklin Academy will continue to work closely with the local Department of Health and the School District of Palm Beach County as this fluid environment continues. We promise to keep you updated as policies are updated, and as new information is available.
We are committed to educating our Franklin Academy students to the very best of our ability. We have put together an academic plan that seeks to address the learning loss the pandemic has created thus far and know that the partnership between the school and our families is critical in ensuring that very task happens successfully!
We would like to remind everyone to please keep your children home from school when they are sick. We all must do our part to ensure our community stay healthy!
Franklin Academy Charter Schools
Franklin Academy Foundation, Inc.
All students are required to wear a uniform purchased from iUniform. They are backordered on production, but as long as you have the order confirmation you will be ok. If you child has PE, you will need to order a PE uniform as well.
Get involved in your student's schooling. Join PTO and join a committee. The PTO is a great way to know what events are being planned and becoming part of the planning and success.
Apply for free and reduced lunch. Although lunch is free this year, the National School Lunch Program keeps track of families that would qualify. Here is the link: https://www.myschoolapps.com/Application
Jeans Pass Links
Please remember to make the payment at the time of the order. If you already ordered the jeans pass and did not complete the payment, please go back on the link and make your payment. This is a school fundraiser and the money raised will all go towards the students and special events.
Arrival Procedures and Expectations
Parents may not park their vehicle and walk into the school unless you are enrolling your child and have a scheduled appointment with the Registrar, Ms. Joi Green.
Cars may start to line up at 6:45 AM if you have an elementary student or a student that would go to Sibling Link, but please do not let your student out of the car before 7:00 AM.
Breakfast for Elementary students is served from 7:00 AM - 7:20 AM.
Arrival time for Middle School students who do not have an elementary sibling, is 8:00 AM.
Breakfast for Middle School students is served from 8:00 AM - 8:20 AM
Middle school students may not arrive prior to 8:00 AM unless they are registered in Sibling Link.
Dismissal Policies and Procedures
Elementary students not picked up by 2:45 PM will be taken inside and we will call home. After the first two weeks of school, there will be a charge of $1 a minute for late pick up.
Middle school parents can start coming on campus at 3:00 PM for dismissal and follow the same procedures. If you have students in elementary school, please make sure to sign up for Sibling Link and instruct your middle school student to pick them up at dismissal from the cafeteria, before heading outside to carline.
Middle school students not picked up by 3:45 PM will be taken inside to call home. The same late fee will apply to them, after the first two weeks of school.
**You will register for sibling link with your homeroom teacher when school starts.
How does your student get home?
1st Grade- https://forms.gle/8c7ncNqrZEhrCq7D6
2nd Grade- https://forms.gle/W8FRgYakFB7gx3U39
3rd Grade- https://forms.gle/eFfJkSus1FynCZD88
4th Grade- https://forms.gle/ShMRjcq49kZ6hk9s6
5th Grade- https://forms.gle/5Vw5GbGtbvH5VFdQ7
Grades 6-8- https://forms.gle/M6aLunNzgxNnKQuDA
Exciting things coming up
August 10th first day of school for all of our students & National S'mores Day
August 11th & 12th Behavior expectation assemblies for middle school students
August 11-12 Sports tryouts for girls volleyball and boys flag football
August 13th school photos for yearbook in uniform
August 13th Cheerleading Info session
August 18th Coffee with Admin - Virtual Edition
August 19th Spirit Night at Texas Roadhouse
Curriculum nights - times are on our website
August 24th Kindergarten, First and Second Grade
August 25th Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grade
August 26th Middle School
TECHNOLOGY AND BYOD Agreeements
Any student in grades 1st through 8th who would like to bring their own device, may use this link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1CgGdoe63JVSBT67guJWaVoXXvqut-5_j/view?usp=sharing to be connected to the student Wifi.
IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) at Franklin Academy
The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) for children aged 3 - 12 nurtures and develops young students as caring, active participants in a lifelong journey of learning.
The PYP offers an inquiry-based, transdisciplinary curriculum framework that builds conceptual understanding. It is a student-centered approach to education that reflects the best of educational research practices. - IBO
We are proud to be an IB PYP World School and entering our 3rd year of authorization. Our highly qualified teachers are energized and inspired to implement the IB’s best practices and continue building lifelong learners.