FSSD Families,

Happy New Year! We hope that 2021 will be a year of hope and health for all. We wanted to remind families that Monday and Tuesday (January 4 and 5) are professional learning and administrative days for faculty and staff only. We look forward to welcoming students back in our schools on Wednesday, January 6.

We have been closely monitoring the community spread of COVID-19 with our county health partners and are aware that neighboring districts plan to go to remote learning for next week. However, in the past, even when community spread has been high, our schools did not see a significant increase in COVID-related absences following extended time off. Based on the success of our previous experiences, the Franklin Special School District will return to school as planned. If COVID-related absences increase significantly, we would consider remote learning options for individual schools and grade levels at that time.

We believe our ability to remain in school is directly attributed to your diligence in keeping symptomatic students at home. As a reminder, children should remain at home, and notify the school nurse, if they have COVID-related symptoms, such as:

  • Fever of 100 or greater
  • Runny nose and/or congestion
  • Fatigue or  muscle/body aches
  • Headache
  • Sore Throat
  • Nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Chills
  • Coughing or difficulty breathing
  • New loss of sense of taste or smell

Also, if your child has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, they should remain at home and contact the school nurse to determine a return to school date.

We are excited for what the new year will bring and look forward to the spring semester. We will continue to provide your children with positive learning experiences with a focus on academic and emotional growth. Thank you for your continued support and partnership.

David Snowden, Ph.D.
Director of Schools