February 12, 2021
Dear Franklin School Parents,
Happy Valentine’s Day! Although it is often thought of as a commercial holiday, it still reminds us to share how much we care for one another. I certainly care about all of you, my staff, and, of course, my amazing students! Valentine’s Day was also my mother’s birthday, so it has always been a special day for me.
Please note that March 1 marks a new schedule for students. The schedule is a little “messy” as it varies from grade level to grade level. Why? Well, there are lots of reasons. I need to bring my upper grade students back slowly due to the science behind students over the age of 10 transmitting the virus. I have teachers that will have had their second vaccine shot, and want to ensure that the 10 days after the vaccine has passed before bringing all students on campus. I’m still working on the logistics of cleaning schedules, lunch schedules, recess schedules, etc. There are a lot of moving parts to opening a school during a Pandemic!
The schedule for March is as follows:
March 1 – Grades K – 3 (all students) – 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Monday – Friday)
March 1 – Grades 4 and 5 (AM/PM Model) until March 11.
Grades 4 and 5: Wednesday - Students stay home and ZOOM
March 11 – Grades 4 and 5 (all students) 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Monday – Friday)
March 1 – Grade 6: AM Class 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
PM Class 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Grade 6: Wednesday - Students stay home and ZOOM
March 1 – Grades 7 and 8: Monday/Tuesday (7th Grade boys/8th Grade girls)
Grades 7 and 8: Thursday/Friday (7th Grade girls/8th Grade boys)
Grades 7 and 8: Wednesday – Students stay home and ZOOM
The good news is that on April 12 our goal is to have ALL students on campus on a regular day!!! That would mean all students Monday – Friday on a regular schedule!
Distance Learning is still available for those families wishing to keep their students at home. I am in the process of hiring a second Distance Learner teacher to enable me to provide more outreach to our students accessing instruction from home.
It has been almost a year since Covid-19 shut down schools. In that time, we have had to become technology reliant. We have had to practice patience. Mask-wearing has become part of our lives and eating at a restaurant has become difficult. But through it all there has been hope, resilience, and strength. I am looking forward to a brighter spring with students on campus. Thank you for all of your support during this difficult time.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions or need additional information.