JULY 29, 2021

Franklin Public Schools Summer Update #3

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PLANNING FOR THE FIRST FEW DAYS OF SCHOOL

As we approach the start of the 2021-22 school year, we want to make you aware of the structure for the first few school days so you can best plan for your family. We heard a lot of great feedback from families and staff last year about our “staggered start” and how it helped to launch in-person learning successfully. Therefore, we are planning for a trimmed-down version of last year’s staggered start for this year. While in smaller groups on the first two days of school, students will work with teachers on these days to better understand school and classroom norms, technology expectations, safety protocols, lunch procedures, recess routines, bus arrival/departure processes, and more.

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The days that students do not attend during the first week are considered non-school days for those students. This means students will not be assigned any homework or virtual work; they will have no school requirements on those days when they are not in session. In addition, for students in grades 5K through 8, if you have a blended family with two last names, you may send those students on the same day during the first week of school. School office staff returns to the buildings beginning August 2nd so please inform them of any special circumstances after that date. More information about the start of the school year will come from the school buildings as school newsletters start going out to families in late August.


Here are some other details related to specific audiences:

  • Franklin High School Schedule - Please note that all freshmen (9th grade) and all students of any grade 10-12 that are new to Franklin High School should report on Wednesday 9/1. Details about how this day will be structured will be shared closer to the start of school. Then, on Thursday 9/2, all students grades 9-12 report for a scheduled B Day.

  • Virtual Students/Families - As we get more information about how our virtual programs will start for Edmentum (K-8) and Wisconsin E-School Network (9-12), we will communicate directly with those virtual families about start dates and expectations. These details may differ from the information presented here.

  • Before/After School Care Only - Please note that Kids Club, through our Community & Recreation Department will not be able to hold full-day child care sessions on these “Start of the School Year” days since students in session will be utilizing the larger spaces that are typically used for Kids Club. Community & Rec will be providing before and after school Kids Club only for the students attending based on alphabet breakdown on those days.

As we build toward the start of the school year, we are sure you will have questions. We have revamped our 'Reopening Doors’ webpage from last year into a brand new FPS Communications Hub where we will park all relevant information and communications that we share to help keep families informed about district-wide news. You can view the new Communication Hub at


www.franklin.k12.wi.us/coms


Part of the FPS Communication Hub is a newly updated Start of 2021-22 FAQ with questions/answers you may be wondering about. We will continue to update this as we approach the start of the school year like we did last year. If you have a question that is not already addressed in the FAQ, please use the ‘Question Form’ on that page to submit your question so it can be routed to the best individual(s) to help you.


Thank you for taking the time to read and digest all of this information. By structuring the first few days of school in this way, we hope to give students and staff time to adjust to the start of a brand new school year. Thank you for all that you are doing to help make Franklin Public Schools a Better Place to Learn, a Better Place to Work, and part of a Better Community.


Thank you,

Dr. Judy Mueller
District Administrator

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UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES

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As a reminder, the District Calendar and all building calendars can be found here.

All of our calendars are able to be subscribed to! Follow the steps at the top of the District Calendar for how to subscribe. You will also see our 2021-22 Calendar Events in your own calendar app on your device!

REMINDER: BACK-TO-SCHOOL ONLINE CHECK-IN OPENS NEXT MON AUG 2ND

Just a reminder that we shared to all families last week....

Mark your calendars! Back-to-School Online Check-in opens NEXT MONDAY, AUGUST 2nd at NOON. All families (whether you are planning to attend in-person or virtual) must complete a Check-In to inform the District that your children will be attending Franklin Public Schools in September.


On Monday, August 2nd, one parent/guardian will receive the email when it’s time to Check-In.

Once Check-In opens at noon, families will log in to PowerSchool Parent Access with their username and password to complete check-in activities such as updating their child(ren)’s emergency contacts, medical information, and transportation needs. Please complete this process by the end of the day Monday, August 9th.


Once online check-in is complete, school fee payments and lunch payments may be made.


For additional information, please read over the items in this Parent Checklist. If you need further assistance after viewing the Parent Checklist, please call 414-529-8220.

VIRTUAL REQUESTS FOR 2021-22 CLOSED

Thank you for staying up to date with the communications we send out over the summer. We shared in our July 14th and July 19th updates about how we plan to start the school year and the virtual request process for 2021-22. The virtual request process is now closed.

NEW PRINCIPALS ANNOUNCED

Please click on the pictures below to see the formal announcements for our new principals for Forest Park Middle School and Pleasant View Elementary!

COVID-19 UPDATES & VACCINE INFORMATION

As a school system, we work hard to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our schools so that we can continue in-person learning throughout the school year. We will share updates with you so you can do your part to help our schools to successfully stay open. According to the Franklin Health Department and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), the best way to stop the spread of COVID-19 is to get vaccinated. Below is some information from DHS about the available vaccines and you can click here to find a COVID-19 vaccine near you.

DHS encourages anyone age 12 and older to get their COVID-19 vaccination now, so they will be protected against COVID-19 in time for the 2021-2022 school year.

  • For children ages 12 and up, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is the only vaccine currently available for this age group. The Pfizer vaccine requires two doses, spaced 21 days apart. Schedule the first dose by August 2nd to be fully vaccinated by Labor Day.
  • Anyone ages 18 and up is eligible for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, which also requires two doses, spaced 28 days apart. Schedule the first dose by July 26th in order to be fully vaccinated by Labor Day.
  • The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is also authorized for those ages 18 years and up, but only requires one dose. Schedule this shot by August 23rd in order to be fully vaccinated by Labor Day.

FRANKLIN EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION BACK-TO-SCHOOL MILKMEN GAME THURS AUG 12

As a kickoff to the start of the school year and in conjunction with the Franklin Educational Foundation celebrating their 25th Anniversary, join us at the Milkmen Game on Thursday, August 12th! Tickets for the game are available here.


The Foundation will also be announcing the winners of the "Teacher Excellence" awards! You can see information about the nominated teachers on the FEF Facebook page here

SCHOOL SUPPLY LISTS

It's that time of year again! School supply shopping!! We have organized our school supply lists onto this one page on the website so you can easily access the lists you need.

SUMMER LEARNING PROGRAM PHOTOS

Check out some of the happenings from our Summer Learning Programs below. All Summer Learning Programs wrapped up on Friday, July 23rd.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! OPEN HOUSES PLANNED

Mark your calendars! We are planning for in-person open house events in late August!

  • TUESDAY, AUGUST 24th - Forest Park Middle School Open House 5-7pm. Teachers will be available to meet and greet with students and families. More information will be provided in August from your building. Students should bring their printed schedules. Schedules will be finalized late August.
  • WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 25th - Elementary School Open Houses 5:30-7pm. Meet teachers, put away school supplies, and learn about school community organizations (PTO, booster clubs, boy/girl scouts, etc.)
  • FHS - To Be Announced. This will be communicated in newsletters from the High School as August progresses.

FPS HIRING OPPORTUNITIES

FPS FOOD SERVICE IS HIRING

Do you enjoy doing wonderful things for kids? You’re in luck! We have part-time openings available to help provide meals for our students at lunchtime! Perfect opportunity to earn money while working a few hours during the day. No experience is necessary, we will show you how. Just click here to apply on WECAN for the Cook 1 (Vacancy ID#114884) or Cook 2 (Vacancy ID#117600).


COMMUNITY ED & REC "KIDS CLUB" PROGRAM IS HIRING

Join our Team! We are seeking creative and dependable individuals to work in the Franklin Community Education & Recreation Kids Club program. Enjoy your morning and/or afternoon playing games, going outside, doing art projects, and more with children in grades 4K through 5th grade. Please apply on WECAN for the Kids Club Assistant (Vacancy ID#115266) or the Kids Club Site Supervisor (Vacancy ID#115265) positions.

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