Science Textbook Review Open March 5 -16

The Franklin Special School District is pleased to announce that the science textbooks the district is considering for purchase next year are now available for parents to preview.   Copies of the science textbook offerings are in Room 6 at the Central Office Annex, 1406 Cannon Street.  The room will be open from 8:15a.m. – 3:15p.m. Monday-Friday, from March 5 – 16. Please enter through the main door and sign in. You will be required to show a valid government-issued photo ID prior to being directed to Room 6. Information about the review process and a form to provide feedback, as well as the state science standards and information about the textbook adoption process will be available.   Textbooks are one of many resources used for instruction in our schools, but we take this decision seriously. Input from teachers, administrators, and the community will be considered in order to reach a consensus regarding the textbook series that will be offered to the FSSD School Board for final approval at the April school board meeting. You are a valued partner in the education of your students and we appreciate your involvement!   For further information, please contact district textbook coordinator, Mary Decker, FSSD Curriculum and Professional Learning...

FSSD Pre-K Applications Now Accepted for 2018-2019

What is the Franklin Special School District/State of Tennessee Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program? Voluntary Pre-K provides a high quality educational program through an active learning approach. Young children learn skills at their own level in ways meaningful to them. A holistic approach to Kindergarten readiness prepares children socially, mentally, emotionally, and physically. If you walk into a Pre-K classroom you may see children playing house, putting on a puppet show, or building a miniature town with blocks and little people. Experienced, knowledgeable, understanding teachers and staff guide students through music, stories, songs, and play. All of these fun activities help children develop academic and social skills as they play. To be eligible, children must have been born on or between August 16, 2013 and August 15, 2014, live in the Franklin Special School District, and qualify in one of several ways. The Tennessee Department of Education Office of Early Learning requires school districts first serve students who are economically disadvantaged. Space permitting, students may be served who have disabilities, are identified as English Language Learners, are in state custody, or are identified as educationally at-risk for failure due to circumstances of abuse or neglect. Children attend Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Monday through Friday for a six hour day. Each class is limited to 16 children working with a teacher and paraprofessional. The program is free of charge although parents are required to provide transportation. For more information call any FSSD Elementary School or Lee Kirkpatrick at (615) 591-2802 and ask to be placed on the list to receive application materials.  Voluntary Pre-K has proven to be a valuable element in Franklin Special...

2018-2019 Online Registration Period April 1-30

The Franklin Special School District online registration period for all new or currently enrolled FSSD pre-kindergarten through 7th grade students is April 1-30. Beginning Sunday, April 1, please visit FSSD Registration and choose either the New Student Registration link or the Returning Student Registration link.  If you have a returning student, you will need to be prepared to log in to your Skyward Family Access account. Skyward will even auto-translate into dozens of world languages. The registration process will need to be completed for each child and you will receive all notification and confirmation of your registration through Family Access, including notices of important deadlines and the required information. If you have not already set up your Family Access account or you need help accessing your established account, please contact your school office. Your family’s unique user name will allow you to access all of your FSSD students. All required documents, including proofs of residency and immunization updates, may be submitted electronically through the registration process. Please remember, your child is not fully registered until all required documents, including the two proofs of residency dated February 2018 or later, are submitted to your child’s school either electronically or physically.  As a convenience, there will be computer kiosks or stand-alone computers available in each school during the month of April for parents in need of online access or assistance with this process. If you need language assistance, please make an appointment with the parent liaison through your child’s school office. Thank you for helping us to plan for next year by registering before the May 1...

Director of Schools’ Message Regarding School Safety

FSSD parents and families: Yesterday’s tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida, has left us all with feelings of sadness, frustration and anxiety. Our hearts go out to the parents and families affected by this tragedy. With this in mind, I wanted to take a moment to make you aware of the safety measures that we have in place in all of our schools. We work from a Safety Plan that is coordinated with local law enforcement and first responders and we practice these plans by regularly holding drills in our schools. Franklin Special School District administrators meet regularly with first responders to discuss responses to potential dangers and district personnel routinely participate in county-wide mock drills to problem-solve various safety threats with those who would typically be responding to a school emergency. Because of our collaborative approach with law enforcement and emergency responders in safety planning, these individuals have immediate electronic access to critical safety information to reference in the event of an actual school emergency.  Such plans include detailed campus information, evacuation plans, and critical contact information for staff and emergency responders. Based on best practices nationwide, our school administrators, faculties and staff are trained to use many different methods to protect themselves and their students. These methods are situational and empower the staff and students to make critical decisions based on training. For the past five years, we have been fortunate to have School Resource Officers (SRO) on our campuses every day, whose first priority is protecting the school’s occupants. These deputies are provided through the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office and are specifically trained to anticipate and recognize threats...