7th Graders Must Submit Updated Immunization Form

As a reminder, all students entering 7th grade are required by law to show proof of a Tdap booster and two doses of the chicken pox vaccine, or a documented history of the disease. While many students may have already received these vaccines as part of their routine immunizations, 7th grade students must have these documented on a Tennessee immunization form, which is available from your child’s physician or the Williamson County Health Department. The Health Department in Franklin is offering a free walk-in immunization clinic July 24-August 11 from 8:00-11:00 and 12:30-4:00. Please submit the immunization form to your child’s school office prior to the first day of class on August 10. By law, students without the updated vaccine and form will not be able to start the school...

Board Passes Budget With No Tax Increase

Following five months of budget review, including three work sessions, the Franklin Special School District passed the 2017-2018 budget on Monday, July 17. This year’s $48 million budget provides exceptional academic programming and supporting resources, competitive employee benefits and strategic infrastructure improvements. “I am extremely proud to work with Board members who collaborate with our leadership team and employees to develop a budget that supports the district’s short-term and long-range objectives,” said Director of Schools Dr. David Snowden. The following are highlights of the 2017-2018 fiscal year budget budget: A 2% cost of living increase for all FSSD employees. Eligible employees will also receive a step increase.   Funds to support Phase 2 of the 1:1 device transition, enabling Poplar Grove Middle to purchase Chromebooks for grades 5-8! Freedom Middle completed its 1:1 initiative in February 2017 with Chromebooks for all students.An additional instructional technology specialist to support the district’s growing technology integration, including training and support for teachers, students and staff. Continuation of the tuition reimbursement program, which encourages employees to seek advanced degrees. The total program amount is $30,000. Continued support of the tuition waiver benefit enabling the children of full-time FSSD employees to attend FSSD schools. An increase in the amount paid to employees for unused sick leave when they retire from $30.00 a day to $50.00 a day. The FSSD is one of the few districts in Tennessee that offers this employee benefit. The continued payment of 100% of full-time individual employee insurance...

New Visitor Safety Protocol in Effect 2017-2018

In a continuing effort to prioritize the safety and security of our school campuses and the students and employees therein, the Franklin Special School District Board of Education amended its Board Policy 1.501 (Visitors to School/District Properties – Security Management) on May 8, 2017. Please remember as we begin the 2017-2018 school year, “all visitors shall be required to present a valid, government-issued photo ID when they enter any school building or office during normal hours of operation and all visitors may be subject to a background check.” If you do not have a current government-issued photo ID, please speak to the school principal or assistant principal and they will be glad to assist you. Those who are simply visiting the office for the purpose of speaking to staff, filling out paperwork, or dropping items off do not need to present identification. However, anyone who wishes to visit an area beyond the office must abide by this revised policy. Public schools are not public places and school officials have a duty to protect the students while they are on campus. While visitors and guests are always welcome, supervision of those visitors is a very serious obligation and we are proud that our school board has deemed this a priority by placing it in policy. As we begin our school year on August 10, we respectfully request that all visitors adhere to this new policy and thank you for your understanding and...