SEPTEMBER 11, 2020

FPS Family Newsletter | 20-21 Issue 09

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REMEMBRANCE & PERSEVERANCE

Nineteen years ago today, the 9/11 attacks took the lives of over 3,000 people. It is hard to believe it has been almost 20 years, but for those who had friends and relatives impacted by the attack, the memory of it lives with you always and forever. Today, we are faced with a worldwide pandemic that is shaping the lives and memories of all of us. It is our job to do what we have always done, persevere. As we continue with our great start to this school year, I am confident that we will persevere through the challenges we face together.

Starting next week, you will begin to receive the school and district metrics we are collecting to ensure that we respond to what comes our way. Each day, I meet with our school nurses to review our COVID-19 data for our schools and the district. As of this message going out, no students with a positive case have been to school.


I would like to remind you that if your child is a close contact of someone diagnosed with COVID-19, within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for 15 minutes during the day or has had direct contact, you will be notified and required to quarantine your child for 14 days. The possibility of this is somewhat inevitable right now, so please be prepared. Our teachers are ready for this and will provide At-Home learning during the quarantine period.


Please know that we will persevere in working hard every day to ensure that masks are worn, surfaces are disinfected, and students are socially distancing themselves to the extent possible.


Thank you for your continued support, whether with our virtual students at home or in preparing your children for in-person learning. Have a great weekend!


Take care and stay well.

Dr. Judy Mueller

PLEASE MONITOR YOUR CHILD'S SYMPTOMS

Please review the symptoms graphic below (click it to see it larger if needed). We are asking all of you for all your help in making sure that children with the symptoms below ARE NOT coming to school. Our Health & Nursing staff will assess and send students home if they have any of these (or a combination) of these symptoms. Sending your child to school with these symptoms could lead to classroom closures so please be diligent in assessing your child's health in the mornings before school.
In the event you receive a communication that says your child is EXCLUDED, ISOLATED, QUARANTINED or A CLOSE CONTACT, please review these definitions below. Click to see larger if needed.

WHAT IS QUARANTINE AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR MY CHILD/FAMILY?

Answer: When someone who may have been exposed to COVID-19 is asked to stay away from other people.
  • The goal of quarantine is to help prevent the spread of disease that may occur before someone knows they are sick. If your child is placed in quarantine, they may not come to school, should stay home, separate from others as much as possible and monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. Quarantine for COVID-19 is 14 days so therefore the date of last close contact with a person who has COVID-19 + 14 days= end of quarantine.
  • Here is an example and this is illustrated in the graphic below: Date of last contact is September 1st with someone who has COVID-19, the quarantine period ends on September 15th and may return to school on September 16th. Even if you test negative for COVID-19 during quarantine, the quarantine must be completed for the full 14 days as it may take that timeframe for symptoms to develop and your child may test positive at a later date.
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RETURNING AFTER SIGNS OF ILLNESS

"Quarantine" was explained in great detail above. But what if a child is showing symptoms of COVID-19 (i.e. 'suspected') and has to be EXCLUDED from school? The scenarios below outline how/when a child may return to school. Please be familiar with these in the event you receive a communication from our District Nurses referring to your child having to be out of school. Click to see larger if needed.

REMINDER OF NEW ATTENDANCE PROCESS

Thank you for your continued patience and adjustment to our new attendance reporting procedures for the district. All attendance is now reported using THIS FORM. The attendance form is also located as a button on the main page and under the “Parents Information” sections of your school’s website. 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)!

FOOD SERVICE UPDATES & CHANGES

FOOD SERVICE CHANGES START MON, SEPT 14

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. Beginning Monday September 14, 2020, Franklin Public Schools will join this program and make lunch meals available at no cost to all children age 18 and younger regardless of free/reduced lunch status. Please complete the meal interest survey so that we can purchase enough food.


It is important to note that student allergen information will not be available at the point of distribution of the meals as this program requires a different procedure. Therefore, it is important that each family view and discuss with their children the allergens in that day's meals. Please check online for the menu as menus are subject to change. There will be one menu online for virtual student meal pick-up starting the week of September 14th. The pick-up time will remain 8:30 to 9:00 Monday thru Friday at FPMS. We have had a lot of no shows so please mark it on your calendar.


The USDA program will provide one free meal per student per day. Students at the high school and middle school can still purchase an additional entree if they choose to do so. Individual milk purchases, separate from a meal, are not free under this program, so the student’s lunch account will be charged.


We are happy we can provide this service to the children of Franklin!


FOOD SERVICE MEAL SURVEY REQUEST FORM FOR WEEK OF SEPT 21

If you are planning on ordering a lunch during the week of September 21, we ask that you complete this meal interest survey indicating your lunch preferences by 11:59pm this coming Tuesday, September 15. Filling this out a week ahead of when needed helps our food services team to better plan for the upcoming weeks and improve the lunch experience for your child.

NEED CHROMEBOOK HELP?

Check out this chromebook troubleshooting document to find answer to frequent chromebook technical questions or issues.


Students and Families should use the student tech help form if the chromebook needs a repair or tech supported is needed. Students will also be learning from their teachers on how to use this form over the coming weeks.

VOLITION FRANKLIN & COUSINS SUBS FUNDRAISER MON NIGHT

Volition Franklin will be partnering with Cousin Subs (7700 South Lovers Lane Road, Franklin, WI 53132) to host a fundraising night!


Order food from Cousin Subs for dinner on Monday, September 14th between 4pm to 7pm and help support Volition Franklin! Make sure to mention "Volition Franklin" when ordering.

Please RSVP at the link below and share this same link on social media to help us spread the word!


RSVP Here: https://www.groupraise.com/events/157166-volition-franklin-at-cousins-subs

COMMUNITY ED & REC FALL RECREATION GUIDE IS LIVE!

The Community Education & Recreation Department is continuing to offer safe programming where possible. Due to the constantly changing offerings, our Fall Recreation Guide will remain digital, just like our Summer Guide. We are pleased to share that the Fall Guide is live online now and you can view it at this link or by clicking the guide cover at the right. Some fall class additions include adult sports, adult enrichment, cooking classes, and some online yoga classes. Check out the guide for more information!

MASK UP, FRANKLIN!

The Franklin Educational Foundation, in partnership with the PTA/PTO's at each school, is working to support and off-set the costs of additional supplies throughout the school year and we need your help!

Every day our team at Franklin Public Schools works to make the lives of students better by planning for and supporting the best education during the pandemic. The district has an initial supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as face masks, sanitizer and other health- related necessities. The FEF and PTA/PTO's are partnering together to work on this campaign to help with additional supplies throughout the school year.


You can lend your support to our students, teachers, and staff with a donation of additional face masks and other items.


Here are a few ways YOU can make a difference:


  1. Donate money through our portal here and masks, lanyards and other equipment will be purchased.
  2. Purchase masks and items through our Amazon wishlist. Items will be directly delivered to the Franklin Educational Foundation.
  3. Donate homemade "2-ply-or-more" masks or store-purchased items to the Franklin Educational Foundation at 8255 W. Forest Hill Ave. (Items should be individually wrapped.)


Donations can be dropped off at the Franklin Public Schools Education and Community Center, 8255 W. Forest Hill Avenue. Our Health Team is requesting that all masks and equipment be directly donated at this location vs. your child's school in order to effectively monitor the supply. Masks will then be distributed to the schools as needed.


Thank you for your contribution!

The Franklin Educational Foundation & Your PTA/PTO

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