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September 28th - October 2nd

Transitioning to Hybrid Learning

Franklin Pierce Schools is currently planning for the transition to hybrid learning. In order to transition to hybrid learning in a safe manner, we will use a phased approach to welcome students back into buildings. Hybrid includes a combination of in-person and remote learning. All schools will adhere to health and safety guidelines including 6-feet social distancing, wearing of masks, hand sanitizer, hand washing and daily health attestations. The school building will be cleaned and disinfected throughout the day. Below are tentative student hybrid return dates:

October 6th

  • Support Center K-12
  • Early Learning Center Developmental Preschool

October 12th

  • Kinder - 5th Grade
  • Early Learning Center Title 1
  • Early Learning Center ECEAP
  • Early Learning Center Headstart
  • Gates HS
Date TBD
  • 6th - 8th Grade
Date TBD
  • 9th - 12th Grade (except Gates HS)

As we prepare to transition into hybrid learning, it is important that we have a good sense of which students intend to learn remotely and which students intend to come back into schools for in-person instruction. Unfortunately, many of the details (around staffing, program offering, schedules, etc.) will depend on the % of students in the hybrid/full remote option. We are asking families to select their preferred model based on the information available to us at this time. We anticipate opportunities to change between hybrid and remote learning in the future if there is capacity to do so.

Fall 2020 Learning Option & Survey

Initially, the students in the hybrid learning model will receive in-person instruction a minimum of two full days/week. Some students may qualify to receive additional in-person services based on their unique learning supports (youngest learners, students with disabilities, students experiencing homelessness, students receiving English Language services, students receiving LAP/Title 1 services). All students will be assigned a cohort by their school, but families will be able to request a cohort reassignment. The FPS Hybrid Learning Option consists of different learning components:

  • In-person learning: Assigned students participate in in-person learning at the school site a minimum of two days/week.
  • Teacher-led online learning: Assigned students participate in teacher-led online learning during a set time.
  • Teacher-directed independent learning: Assigned students participate in pre-established learning activities on their own time.

Full-Remote Learning Option

Students and families that do not wish to return for in-person instruction will have the ability to continue to learn remotely. Like the current remote learning plan, students will participate in a combination of teacher led (online instruction during a set time) and teacher directed (learning activities to be completed by students on their own time). Students and families should note that they will likely have a different teacher than their current one if they select the full-remote learning option. Students will be able to transition from remote learning to hybrid learning if there is capacity in the school/class. There may be some secondary courses that will not be available in the full-remote learning option.

Hybrid/Full-remote Learning Selection

In order to plan for the transition toward hybrid learning, we ask all students and families to state their intended learning option (full remote or hybrid) preference by Monday, September 28. This will allow us to determine classes, staffing, health and safety protocols and transportation options. Students will be able to transition from one learning option to the other if there is capacity to do so. Please, click on the link below to complete the Learning Option Survey.


Monday, October 5th - NO School - Teacher training

Tues & Thurs, Oct. 27th & 29th - Picture Days

Picture Days

Picture days are scheduled for October 27th & 29th. More information will be coming soon.

Laptop Support

If your student is experiencing Laptop issues, click on the below link to request IT assistance. The IT department will contact you as soon as possible. You may instead schedule an In-Person IT appointment. We appreciate your patience as the IT Department works very hard to assist families in a timely manner.
Franklin Pierce Schools does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to James Hester, Compliance Coordinator for State and Civil Rights Laws; Wendy Malich, Title IX Officer; or John Sanders, 504/ADA Coordinator at 315 129th ST S, Tacoma, WA 98444-5099 or at (253)298-3000