August 31, 2020

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HOLD THE PHONE (and email)....literally!

New absence notification procedure starting NOW!

As we prepare for the start of the school year, we want to alert all parents that Franklin is implementing a new attendance procedure due to the impact of COVID-19. When your child is unable to attend school for any reason, we ask that you fill out THIS FORM located as a button on the Home Page and “Parents Information” sections of your school’s website to report/excuse ANY absence. We will no longer be using the attendance email account and will be phasing out phone calls for absences over the next few weeks. More information can be found on our website or within the district’s weekly communication shared on Friday.

Additionally, please read this bus expectations document that was shared in our District's Weekly Communication.

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As previously communicated in our district newsletter, students will be reporting to school in smaller groups this week. Click the image below to see when your student should report to school. This applies to both in-person and virtual students.

By restructuring the first few days of school, teachers and students will have time to get to know each other better without being too overwhelmed and can focus on student needs, for both the in-person and virtual models. 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.

To review our Reopening Doors planning information, please click HERE.

Don't forget!

For our in person students, please make sure to send them to school with:

  • Face mask
  • Printed copy of their schedule
  • If they take the bus home, they will need to know their PM bus number. Please note that the AM and PM bus numbers can be different.
  • If they will be parent pickup, they will need to know their family dismissal number.
  • Any supplies their teacher said they would need for this week in the teacher's welcome video. If you have specific questions about supplies, please email teachers directly.

Important videos to review

We have shared many important videos with you over the last week. Please review these videos with your student(s) to be sure they are prepared to start school this week.

Forest Park Athletics and Activities

Forest Park Middle School athletics and activities will have a delayed start for in-person participation to occur no earlier than Monday, October 5th. We understand this is not ideal, but our top priority is to keep students in school for in-person learning. We will make adjustments when necessary to meet this goal and appreciate your understanding as we navigate through this plan.

Due to the delayed start, the middle school cross country season is cancelled. At this time, girls basketball is looking at an intramural season that may run October 5th - November 6th. However, FPMS clubs/activities that can run in a virtual manner may do so.

Registration for girls basketball and activities starting October 5th will be completed online. Please watch for directions for online registration that will be emailed to all families mid-September if they are able to run.

Decisions on winter and spring athletics will be decided about one month prior to the start of the seasons. Winter and spring season registrations will occur 30 days prior to the start of the season.

Thank you for continuing to work in collaboration with us as we navigate the fall season.

Use Your Student ID As Your Franklin Public Library Card!

Franklin Public Schools students now have the ability to opt in to a service that will allow them to use their Franklin School District Student ID to check out print and digital resources from the Franklin Public Library. Any Franklin Public School student is eligible for this service even if the student does not live within the city of Franklin.

If your child already has a public library card, the student ID will be added to his/her public library account. When checking out print or digital materials from the Franklin Public Library, either card can be used. Students under age 16 need parental permission to opt in.

Please complete this form by September 30 to opt in to this service.

Check Out the Forest Park Facebook Page!

The Forest Park Middle School Facebook Page is now being updated regularly and you can head there to see the newest spirit wear photos from this week. Be sure to LIKE or FOLLOW the page so you get notified about updates!

Catch Up On District News

Please be sure to read the newest District Newsletter that comes out now every Friday. You can access all the issues here.

Guidance Counselors

Mindy Greco, 6th grade counselor

Bernadette VanLith, 7th grade counselor

Ellen Montenero, 8th grade counselor

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