FSSD Return to Learn 2020

School Year 2020-2021

The Franklin Special School District is working with local, state and national health and safety agencies in response to the novel coronavirus-19 pandemic. This page will serve as a clearing house for information from the FSSD, including updates and closure plans for food and learning. The district will communicate directly with parents through Blackboard Connect via email and phone messaging. If you are not receiving this information, please send an email to your school office staff with updated contact information. You may also check this page and our our social media sites for updates.

Parents can keep up with the latest news about the coronavirus outbreak and actions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control  and through the Tennessee Department of Health. As new information is available, or if public health recommendations for schools change, we will keep our community informed.

Return to Learn 2020 Draft Plan: Message to Parents

July 15, 2020

Franklin Special School District Families,

On Thursday, July 16, the Board of Education will hold a special work session to review a draft of our Return to Learn 2020 plan, which will guide our school reopening. A livestream link to the Board work session will be available online tomorrow an hour before the meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. The plans and options presented in the Return to Learn 2020 plan reflect a balance between maintaining the safety of students, staff members, and families in the face of this continued public-health uncertainty, while also delivering high quality teaching and learning experiences that focus on excellent and equitable outcomes for all students.

After carefully examining current and ever-evolving guidance from local health officials and the Tennessee Department of Education, the FSSD has determined it best to offer our families a choice of two learning options for the 2020-2021 school year:

  • In Person – students attend school five days a week on campus in a classroom environment.
  • Virtual – students attend school five days a week at home in a virtual learning environment.

We believe that having students physically present in school is the best approach to teaching and learning. In listening to feedback from our families, we know there are many FSSD families who are very much looking forward to their children physically returning to school on-campus. We also know that there are families who have concerns about their children physically returning to school due to preexisting health conditions or other reasons, which is why virtual learning that is facilitated by a certified FSSD teacher is an important option and will be available. The Franklin Special School District will support all families in whatever decision is best for their children.

The Board of Education will vote on the Return to Learn 2020 plan at its meeting on Monday, July 20, at Johnson Elementary School at 6:30 p.m. On Tuesday, July 21, parents will receive an email with information about the FSSD 2020-2021 Virtual Learning Program. An Overview, Parent Agreement, and Enrollment Form will be sent by email to all FSSD families as well as posted on the website. The enrollment form will be online with a deadline of July 28 indicating your intent to participate in virtual learning for the fall semester.

At this time, we invite you to review the FSSD Return to Learn 2020 draft plan. As you are aware, community health data continues to change rapidly in our county and surrounding areas. We are continuously monitoring this information with local public health officials and are adjusting our plans accordingly. We are sharing these preliminary plans with the understanding that as we get closer to August 7, 2020, plans could change based on these conditions. We are committed to keeping all FSSD families updated and informed of any potential changes to our reopening plans.

 

Sincerely,

 

David Snowden, Ph.D.
Director of Schools

 

 

SUMMER 2020 UPDATES: parent survey responses, Return to Learn 2020 draft plan, threshold chart

July 3, 2020

We hope our families are enjoying the summer so far. We know you are anxious for news related to our return to school draft plan. Please click the link below to read the FSSD Summer Updates e-newsletter. Included in the updates are:

  • the results of the parent and teacher surveys
  • an Executive Summary of the FSSD Return to Learn 2020 draft plan
  • the COVID-19 Threshold Chart that stipulates district operations based on illness spread in the county
  • a link to the Williamson County Emergency Management Agency COVID-19 Dashboard 

image that links to newsletterPlease understand that we anticipate additional changes as we work with local and state health officials and the Tennessee Department of Education, but we want you to know what we are planning to this point.

FSSD Summer Updates

We will continue to update you throughout the summer as changes or revisions are made to the FSSD Return to Learn 2020 draft plan.

We hope this information brings you a sense of relief as you better understand how our school and district leaders are planning for a safe re-opening of our campuses for students, faculty and staff.

Preview of Planning Scenarios for 2020-2021

May 29, 2020

FSSD families,

Although the school year has just officially ended, we know you have questions about what next school year might look like. While we await guidance from the state regarding its recommendation to school districts, we want you to know we are planning for three different scenarios:

  • School-based Learning (all students physically attending school)
  • Remote Learning (all students participating in virtual learning)
  • Blended Learning (some students physically attending school while other students learn remotely) One example would be for one-half the students to report to school on Monday-Wednesday-Friday and learn remotely on Tuesday and Thursday.  The next week those students would physically attend school on Tuesday and Thursday and learn remotely on Monday-Wednesday-Friday.

We believe the first and best option is to have all students physically attending school each day if at all possible.  There will be strict health and safety protocols in place for any of the three scenarios.

Please see the 2020-2021 Framework for Planning (also in Spanish) document, also available online at www.fssd.org/covid19, to understand some of the considerations that will guide the FSSD Leadership Team in our planning over the summer.

The FSSD leadership Team will use time at its summer retreat June 10-12 to develop detailed action plans to go along with each of the three possible scenarios. Please know that every decision we make will have your student’s safety and security at heart in addition to achieving our goal of providing rich, teacher-directed learning within the state and local health and safety guidelines. As soon as we develop tentative protocols and expectations, we will share these and provide input opportunities for you.

We hope this information brings you a sense of relief as you better understand how our school and district leaders are planning for a safe re-opening of our campuses for students, faculty and staff.

Return to Learn 2020 Draft Plan


Return to Learn 2020 Draft Plan

Note:  Community health data continues to change rapidly in our county and surrounding areas. We are continuously monitoring this information with local public health officials and are adjusting our plans accordingly. We are sharing these preliminary plans with the understanding that as we get closer to August 7, 2020, plans could change based on these conditions. The Board of Education will vote on this plan July 20, 2020. We are committed to keeping all FSSD families updated and informed of any potential changes to our reopening plans.

Summer Health and Safety Guidelines

As we reopen our buildings to limited summer academic and athletic programming, the Franklin Special School District has issued guidelines for the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors. Please see the Student and Visitor Guidelines for Summer Programs (also in Spanish), which were developed using local, state and CDC recommendations. Staff Guidelines were also created. All guidelines are effective  June 8 through the rest of the summer.

Free Meal Service

image of flyer with summer meal info

FSSD Continues “Drive-Through” and Bus Delivery for Free Meals During Summer

The Franklin Special School District will continue to provide free meals for children ages 18 and under throughout the summer. Using the USDA’s COVID-19 Emergency Feeding program, we will continue to provide free breakfast and lunch from May 28 – July 27 on Mondays and Thursdays. The drive-through sites of Poplar Grove and Liberty Elementary will continue to provide “grab and go” bags filled with multiple days of food on Mondays and Thursdays between 11:00 and 12:30. These food bags will also be handed out at the same select bus stops and times that were used during the school closure. You can find these bus stops online at www.fssd.org/covid19.

The only exception to this schedule will be the week of July 6th -10th when the district is closed.

The FSSD understands that unique needs exist during these difficult times and our goal is to reduce barriers for families to feed children over the summer. Please remember that there are no eligibility requirements and no questions asked at our drive-through or drop-off sites. Children do not have to attend an FSSD school or live in the district to receive free meals.

The drive-through program is set up in two locations:

  • Poplar Grove School from 11:00-12:30. Cars should enter at the 2959 Del Rio Pike driveway and follow signs to the back of the building.
  • Liberty Elementary School from 11:00-12:30, at 600 Liberty Pike.

For those who are unable to drive through the two locations, meals will also be delivered to select locations in the district Mondays and Thursdays until school reopens.  Delivery locations and times (approximate) include:

East Franklin
Hickory Drive: 11:00
Liberty Oaks: 11:05
Ash Drive – Chestnut Lane: 11:15

Central Franklin
Acton Street and Short Court: 11:00
Park Street: 11:05
Franklin Estates (pool): 11:20
Robin Hill Road: 11:35
Cherokee Place: 11:40

*  Please be ready for delivery 5 minutes before/after the posted time as these times are approximate.

The FSSD is proud to be able to continue meal service to our students and their siblings throughout this difficult closure, as well as to open our doors to students in other public, private or homeschool situations as well. We have planned and prepared for this event and are staffed to meet the need.

Drive-Through Flyer

Wi-Fi Resources

Options for Families without Internet at Home

Families who do not have internet access at home will find a list of internet providers below who are offering free public wi-fi and/or discounted access for qualifying households.

AT&T

Comcast Xfinity

  • The Comcast Internet Essentials Program offers two months of free in-home internet to new customers. https://www.internetessentials.com/
  • Offering free public wi-fi. Just select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots.

City of Franklin

  • The City is offering free public Wi-Fi at designated locations. The network is identified as “COFPublicWiFi.” The service is available at:

    • Downtown Franklin – two-block area around the Square
    • Harlinsdale Farm
    • Eastern Flank Battlefield Park

    Physical distancing should still be maintained while using this service in these designated areas.

Tech Resources and Troubleshooting

The information below should provide answers to questions you might have as your student accesses his/her online resources:

  • Clever Login information: English, Spanish
  • Clever Badge Login: English, Spanish
  • If a student needs their Google password reset, a parent/guardian may email InstructionalTech@fssd.org. The student’s name and grade level will be needed in this communication.
  • If a Chromebook needs to be repaired, a parent/guardian may email their child’s principal and include the student’s name, the Chromebook’s TZ number (located on the metal tag on the front of the device), and explain what is not working properly. That information will be sent to the Technology Department, who will then follow up with the parent.


Student Email (Grades 5 – 8)


Zoom Meetings

The FSSD is committed to protecting student privacy and has worked diligently to ensure teachers and students use Zoom for Education only, not the public Zoom account referenced in various sources of media. Zoom for Education is designed for schools and districts and complies with all FERPA, COPPA, and other privacy regulations. One of the many advantages of this type of account is that we have the ability to control settings districtwide. FSSD students are only able to join a teacher Zoom meeting through our password protected FSSD Clever portal, Google Classroom, or direct student contact and teachers have been instructed to keep Zoom meeting links private. We have the waiting room automatically set up for teachers as well as a few other security measures. These measures prevent the possibility of “hackers” joining meetings and allow teachers to remove someone who is not supposed to be in the meeting, or even a student who is supposed to be in the meeting but not following teacher expectations.

Reflecting on our extensive research across multiple video conferencing platforms, this resource and configuration of settings is the most secure option for students. Families have the option to use Zoom or to refrain from using Zoom at their discretion. To read Zoom’s full privacy statement, please see https://zoom.us/privacy.

Community Food Resources

We understand that the extended school closure will create hardship for many of our families. If you or someone you know needs additional food support, please see the resources in the flyer below:

Community Food Resources Flyer (updated April 13, 2020)

Community Resources

We understand that the extended school closure will create hardship for many of our families. If you or someone you know needs additional support in any area, please see the resources below:

 

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Emotional Wellness Checklist (English, Spanish)

TN Health Department Hotline

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