January 7, 2021
Dear Franklin School Families,
Happy New Year! I hope that your holidays were merry and bright! I truly wish for everyone a brighter and healthier 2021!
Franklin School will reopen for in-person learning (Grades K – 4) on Tuesday, January 19. Fifth Grade students will return to in-person instruction on February 1. We will be returning to our AM/PM model. Please note that on Wednesdays, students will stay home and ZOOM to give the custodial staff time to deep clean the campus. Wednesday afternoons are also used to provide afternoon collaboration/planning time for teachers. Within a few weeks, it is our goal to have all students in Grades K – 3 on the SAME schedule, but we want to open cautiously and safely and the hybrid model allows us to do this.
In order to reopen in-person learning, please note that all safety protocols must be followed. One new change is that students in Grades K- 2 will have to wear masks while in class. No masks need to be worn while eating, drinking, or engaging in physical activity. Please ensure that your child wears a mask when entering the campus. Please also remember to send your child with a water bottle, as the drinking fountains have been closed.
Grades 6 – 8 are on hold right now due to the fact that we are in the Purple Tier. As soon as we move into the red tier, and we complete staff vaccinations, we will bring our 6th – 8th grade students back on campus. Our projected date is March 1st. The end of the second trimester is February 26, so the timing would be perfect! How wonderful to have a third trimester with all students on campus!
Distance Learning is still an option for parents wishing to keep their children home at this time. Please let your child’s teacher or the office know if Distance Learning is still your preference at this time.
I ask that students and all siblings who have Covid-19 symptoms stay home for a minimum of 24 hours. They can return if they are symptom-free and if they have not been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19. Franklin families and students who have had any possible exposure should self-quarantine and be tested immediately until a negative result is received/ and/or self – quarantine for 14 days.
This has been an extremely difficult year. I appreciate your patience and understanding as we work together to ensure the safety of our students and staff.