SEPT 14, 2020

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Dear Ben Franklin Families,


Our first week of school with all of our students present--was really exciting! Whether getting into the school building or into your virtual classroom, we had our moments of joy and frustration. We had rain, wind, and tech issues to work through. But in the end, seeing the faces of all the students is worth it!


During student drop off and pick up this week, we were and we continue to work through the process. I thank you for your patience this week. Here are a few reminders to help us keep the process quick and above all safe for children and staff.

  • When driving in to pick up or drop off students, stay in your lane. Exit the lane behind the car in front of you. Please do NOT pull out of the lane and around the car in front of you. This creates a safety issue for all involved.

  • Do not drop your child off before 9:00 am. There is not supervision for students.

  • When picking up your child at the curbside, make sure to display your family name in large print in the dash on the passenger side of the car.

  • Inclement weather will slow down the dismissal process, so please plan accordingly, it will take longer to assist children safely into cars.



Here is a letter about our first fire drill. This drill will impact our virtual classrooms as well as our in person students. When we have a fire drill, the virtual teachers will need to leave the building. This is a good time for families participating in virtual learning to consider what fire drills can look like at home.


Mary Shannon

Ben Franklin Interim Principal

mary.shannon@franklin.k12.wi.us


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PICTURE DAY

School pictures will be taken on Wednesday, September 16th for ALL students!


  • Students attending in-person classes will have their picture taken during the school day.

  • Students attending virtual classes will have their pictures taken at Ben Franklin School in Room C10 from 5:00-7:30PM by appointment ONLY! A Sign Up Genius has been created to secure your student's photo appointment.

  • VIRTUAL STUDENTS - Please click here to sign up for a slot with School & Sport Pics. The main entrance will be open. Room C10 is located all the way down the main hallway - last door on the right, please follow the signs.

  • Picture Order forms will no longer be sent home. ALL orders will be placed online. Please use this link for ordering: https://orders.schoolandsportpics.com/ordering - use the drop down menu to select your Ben Franklin School.

ATTENDANCE FORM & NEW PROCESS FOR 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 school webpage and under the “Parents Information” section. 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)!


MORNING DROP OFF/DISMISSAL PROCEDURES

Dear Ben Franklin Families,


The health and safety of our children is of great importance. Over the summer, significant planning went into the creation of procedures that are designed to keep children healthy and safe. Please read these procedures carefully--as many of these procedures have changed.

Please share these procedures with ALL caregivers who might share in the responsibilities of getting children to and from school. We also want to let you know that we will be monitoring these procedures and may need to make changes. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility.


MORNING DROP OFF PROCEDURES

  • The school day officially starts at 9:10 a.m. All students will be allowed into the school at 9:00 a.m. each morning.

  • Students will need to line up outside the doors listed below to enter the school.

    • 3rd & 4th Grade will enter the building at the NORTH doors.

    • 4K, 2nd & 5th Grade will enter the building at the FRONT doors

    • 5K & 1st Grade will enter the building at the SOUTH doors.

  • Students should not arrive before 8:55 a.m. Those who arrive before 8:55 am may put themselves and others at risk if social distancing cannot be monitored by staff.

  • If you choose to drive and drop your student off in the morning, please do so on the NORTH side of the school.

    • Enter the north end of the parking lot from 82nd Street

    • Drive into the parking lot inside of the cones and next to the curb on the drivers side.

    • Children may not exit the car until an adult signals the driver. Children must exit on the driver’s side of the vehicle.

    • An adult will direct students to their entrance door.

    • This process can take a bit of time, so please plan accordingly.

  • Please DO NOT drop the students off

    • in the bus lane or

    • in the parking lot on the west side of the school or

    • on Southview Drive

  • If you need to walk your student to their entry door, you MUST park your car in the parking lot and walk them across the driveway in the designated crosswalk areas. For the health of all the children, we are asking that you do not wait in line with your student. The transition can be tricky for younger children, talk about what this will be like and how to say goodbye at the curb.

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DISMISSAL OPTIONS

A Daily Choice for dismissal was made during the Check-in/Online Registration process. A brief explanation of each procedure along with the Dismissal Timeline is listed below.


BUS - Every Ben Franklin student residing in our enrollment area is assigned to a bus route. (students residing outside our boundaries must choose alternate dismissal procedure) Please refer to our online handbook regarding additional bus rider rules and policies (Policy #3720). One important policy - a note is required from each parent if a student will be getting off at an alternative bus stop for any reason.


KID’S CLUB – before and after school care in our Multi-purpose room. Registration information is available through the Franklin Rec Dept.


PARENT PICK UP - will be CURBSIDE ONLY-no parent pick up in the gym. After the buses have pulled away from the school, parents will be signalled to drive up in the bus lane. Have your child’s last name posted in the front dash. Students will be dismissed to the front of the building where they will be called to a numbered cone to enter their adult’s vehicle. Please line up in your cars on the east side of 83rd street south of the entrance to the school.


WALKERS/BIKE RIDERS – Any student with permission to Walk/Ride will sign out in their classroom and walk/ride home when they’re dismissed.


DAY CARE VAN – Any DayCare facilities sending their van to school will line up with the busses.



DISMISSAL TIMELINE:

3:45 p.m.

KID’S CLUB - Students attending Kids Club will be dismissed and meet in the hallway outside of the library.

3:55 p.m.

BUS/DAYCARE VAN - All bus students will be dismissed out the front doors to get on the buses. As soon as the buses are loaded, they will be released.

4:00 p.m. Approximately (once the buses have been released.)

PARENT PICK UP (Curbside ONLY) will occur in the front driveway.

NO cars will be allowed to enter the front driveway until ALL of the buses have been dismissed.

All cars MUST wait on the East side of 83rd St. South of the Ben Franklin driveway.

Procedure:

  • Wait to be signaled to move into the bus lane, drive up to the first empty green cone.

  • Please post your child’s last name on a letter size piece of paper on the drivers side dash.

  • Someone will call your child to the cone and then your child will enter the vehicle on the passenger side.

  • If children need to buckle up, please do not get out of your car, pull into a parking space after leaving the curbside lane.


Please note: there will NOT be parent pick up in the gym as in the past. All children will be dismissed from the front of the school.


Students who walk or ride bikes will be dismissed after the Curbside Pick Up. If you walk with your child, please remain on the sidewalk rather than waiting in front of the school. Younger students will be brought to you.


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***PLEASE take the time to confirm with your child’s teacher your plans for your child’s dismissal procedure. The teacher will follow the information the parents have submitted through InfoSnap at Check-in/Registration unless a handwritten note or email from the parent is received. IF there’s a change for the day and we do not receive communication FROM THE PARENT, via either a handwritten note or email, the teacher will follow the confirmed information received. The ONLY time the office should receive a phone call to change the pick-up arrangements for your child should be in an emergency situation. We understand that emergencies do arise.


Additional reminders to keeping a safe environment:

  • Students need to use the crosswalks at all times when walking. Please wait to be signaled when crossing in front of traffic.

  • Please be responsible with timeliness. Not only is that an essential skill for success, but also you will limit disruption caused by being late for school.

  • Respect the 3 W’s….Wear a mask….Wash your hands….Watch your distance.

  • Just a reminder… The speed limit in a school zone in Wisconsin is 15 MPH. This is enforced by the Franklin Police Dept.


Thank you for taking the time to read all the way through this document, reach out with questions.

On behalf of the entire Ben Franklin Staff, we appreciate your help with these important procedures! Thank you for being patient at the beginning and end of the day - this ensures the safety of each of the students during those times.


Mary Shannon

Interim Principal

mary.shannon@franklin.k12.wi.us

414.525.5002


FPS CONTINUES TO USE STOPIT APP FOR INCIDENT REPORTS

Over the course of these first two weeks of school, all students are participating in a presentation about how to utilize the “StopIt” app. The motto with using the StopIt app is “if you see something, say something.” We utilized this app last year to collect reports from students for various reasons (bullying, unusual behavior, concern for other students) and we will continue to use it this year. Below is a 2-minute video that explains

StopIt:

What is STOPit?
The apps for StopIt can be found here for iPhone and here for Android. Since use of the StopIt app requires a password, we have designed a graphic for our building that will be placed at the bottom of every newsletter in case you or your student needs it. Thank you to all parents and students for following the motto of “if you see something, say something.”