September 21, 2020

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FHS Updates

Masks Will Continue

As shared in the parent message from Dr. Mueller, Franklin Public Schools will continue to have all staff, students and any other person on school premises at any time required to wear a mask. That requirement will continue after September 28th when the statewide mask requirement is scheduled to expire. This decision has been made in collaboration with the Franklin Health Department.

If an FHS student chooses not to comply with redirection for mask wearing:

  • Administration will intervene and the student will be sent home

    • Administration will have the student in a self-contained, supervised space while refusing to wear a mask

    • A phone call will be made to the family to immediately pick up their student from school.

  • First offense:

    • Student is sent home

  • Second offense:

    • Students and parents meet virtually with administration and/or students services personnel to review behavior contract which states requirement for mask wearing prior to returning

    • Student and family needs to agree to comply prior to returning

New Family Fan Attendance Policy Effective Now

Jordan Hein, FHS Athletic & Activities Director, shares the following updating regarding spectators at home events.

This is effective now for home events only.
FPS Health Updates 9-18-20

Student Parking Tags Required

Students have had 3 weeks to pick up a FHS current parking tag. The parking lots are being monitored and tickets will be issued to vehicles without current tags. Tags are still available for purchase to qualified student drivers. Stop in the office for questions or read the parking requirements posted on the FHS website under Students>Parking.

FHS Safety Drills

During the 2020-21 school year, FPS will be conducting all of our state mandated safety drills. However, a change for this year is that parents will be notified in advance of when the drills will take place. Parents will have the opportunity to keep their children at home on the morning/afternoon/days the drills would be conducted if you do not want your child in close proximity to other children during the drill.

For your reference, per the state of Wisconsin, this is a list of our planned drills for the school year.

At FHS, we will conduct the following drills in the month of September:

  • Fire Drill - Thursday, September 17th (AM)
  • Lockdown Drill - Tuesday, September 22nd (PM)

Free Lunch & Mandatory Table Assignments

Students have table assignments to promote social distancing. Please remind your student that this seating plan is mandatory. Lunch tables look very different this year as they are spread out throughout the Cafeteria and Saber Center lobby to promote distancing. Tables also have seats that remain empty so there are fewer students at each table.

The USDA has informed the District that they are starting a program where all children can receive free meals through December 31, 2020, or until the funding is exhausted. Franklin Public Schools joined this program and lunch meals are available at no cost to all children age 18 and younger regardless of free/reduced lunch status.

AP Students - Virtual and In Person - Very Important

AP Exam Ordering Is Underway - Action Needed by September 24

Last chance - order by Thursday! All AP students, both virtual and in-person learning, should have received the two-page electronic handout found here in their AP courses the first week of school. Please read this document carefully for details, including the exam schedule on the second page. AP students should have also viewed the brief informational presentation found here.regarding the My AP site and exam ordering procedures. Students must log-in to their My AP Account (, join the appropriate course section (or exam-only section, if applicable) with the join code given to them by their AP teacher(s), and MUST opt-in to ordering each exam, if they wish to do so, in My AP for each class. Each exam costs $95 (AP Seminar is $143).

Fee waivers are available for students with demonstrated financial need (see Student Services for a request form). Students who may need accommodations on AP exams per an IEP or 504 Plan should see Mr. Decker in Student Services this fall. All exam orders online on My AP and payment submissions in Student Services (exact cash or check made out to Franklin High School with student name and AP exam name[s] in memo line) are due by 3 p.m. on Thursday, September 24, 2020.

Please see Mrs. Oost or Mrs. Bednar in Student Services if you have questions at any time. We wish you the best in your AP classes this year!

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Update Regarding Homecoming 2020

FHS will not host a homecoming dance this semester and will move traditional homecoming gatherings or events, such as PowderPuff and a likely parade, to the spring. Student Senate will sponsor a Spirit Week and in-school activities in October. We recognize that this year will be untraditional but we will do all we can to make it remarkable and memorable.

Thursdays - Early Release

Every Thursday has dismissal is at 1:56pm - please note that your student will be home earlier on Thursdays starting this week and continuing throughout the year.

Students who remain in the building after 1:56pm for practice must remain in the Library under staff supervision until their practice begins.

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Work Permits

From mid March until the end of September there was an Executive Order suspending the requirement of students to apply for a work permit. Now that schools are again open, we are issuing work permits. Students under the age of 16 are required to have a work permit and must provide a letter from the employer, parent signature, birth certificate, social security card and $10 to the office at the time of application. A work permit will be issued and the student will be reimbursed $10 from their employer.

Students who started employment during the executive order should now be sent in with the documentation by their employer and apply for a work permit.

September is National Suicide Prevention Month

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FHS Parent Drop Off and Pick Up

Drop off and pick up of students is in front of the Saber Center for the Performing Arts before and after school. Please do not pull into the faculty parking areas for drop off. This increases safety concerns for staff and students who are walking to the entrances.

In order to provide the safest and most efficient process for our student drivers, walkers and those riding the bus please do not drop off or pick up students at the FHS Main Entrance or the gym entrance. Do not enter the bus traffic flow to the main entrance, or enter the Student Parking lot (north entrance by the Baseball and Football fields) and attempt drop off or pick up.

Thank you for observing this traffic pattern for the safety of our students and staff.

Yearbook Purchase and Senior Pictures

Our amazing yearbook advisors, Molly Sawicky and Kristen Miller, have a new webpage to answer all of your yearbook questions. You can always find this information on the FHS website under the "Student" tab or you can use this link.

You are able to order the yearbook now or anytime until January 31st. Senior photo information is available on the yearbook site. Yearbook questions should be directed to Molly or Kristen.

New Absence Reporting Procedure

Important - please do not email or call the attendance line for absences, early dismissal or late arrivals.

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. This form will require you to enter your child’s six-digit student ID number and birthdate before you can report your child absent. The form can be submitted from your phone or other mobile device, and only takes a few minutes to complete. Responses to the items on this form will be used to enter, code, and track absences in our system. Student specific medical information collected by the form will remain confidential, and only be shared within the health and nursing services team.

Meet our School Counselors

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2020 Fall Play - Tinkerbell

Performances are scheduled for November 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th - watch future Weekly Bulletins for information on ticket sales.

Don't miss this drama department upcoming event.

Wisconsin Education Fair (WEF)

Franklin High School has been a WEF site for many years but unfortunately all fairs in the state have been cancelled for the 2020/2021 school year.

Free to attend - REGISTER HERE

WEF is offering a monthly virtual college fair from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m., followed by 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. interactive financial aid presentation brought to you by College Goal Wisconsin.

  • Wednesday, 10/7
  • Sunday, 11/8
  • Wednesday, 2/10
  • Wednesday, 3/10
  • Sunday, 4/11

WEF is hosting monthly virtual fairs which will include college information, virtual college visit info and interactive financial aid sessions. Check out the information for virtual WEFs and registration. Note that at this time you can register for the fair(s) but cannot log into each fair until the event.


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

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.