Dear Franklin families,
We have an official date for our transition to Plan B hybrid learning! On Monday, March 8, we will welcome students back to campus. After nearly a year of remote learning, we know many of you are eager to return. The positive test rate and the total number of cases are continuing to drop in Buncombe County, across the state, and across the whole country. We’ve learned a lot about how to do this safely. We can’t wait to see our students again!
We are working hard to get ready for a smooth transition. There is a lot to learn and prepare for to make this work! We will be rolling out more information to you throughout this week and next. Here is some of the most important information for you right now:
To provide teachers with much-needed planning time, we are switching the teacher work days from March 11 & 12 to March 4 & 5. Here’s what March will look like:
- March 1 & 2: Regular Plan C days with online classes and Crew – just like we’ve been doing all year
- Wed, Mar 3: Teacher work day – no Crew or office hours
- Mar 4 & 5: Remote Instruction Days/teacher work days. These days make up two more of the five mandatory Remote Instruction Days added to school calendars late last year. Students will have small online assignments or reflections, but there are no online classes or Crew.
- Mon, Mar 8: Begin Plan B Schedule, with some students on campus for morning core classes.
- Wed, Mar 10: Last day of Quarter 3 – teacher work day to finalize grades. No online Crew or classes.
- Mar 11 and 12: School is in session, following the Plan B schedule
- We’ll continue with Plan B schedules moving forward
Watch for an email Monday or Tuesday with the days your student will attend. Students will be assigned either Monday/Thursday, or Tuesday/Friday. Students won’t be on campus on Wednesdays. Students who are continuing with remote learning will also have changes to their schedules and will receive more information early this week.
Will There Be Buses?
Yes – we will run our bus routes. We’re still working on checking the bus rider requests against the rosters for the Mon/Thurs and Tues/Friday groups, but we should have this all done early this week.
We Need a Chromebook! Or – Can We Bring Our Own Device?
If your student does not yet have a school-issued Chromebook – now is the time to get one! Students are required to bring their school Chromebook or their own device – fully charged- when they attend school in person. Please submit a help ticket to Mr. Mikulski: Tech Help Ticket
What About the Extended Day Option?
We had many requests for our extended day, but we believe we can accommodate everyone. Please note that this is basically a study hall, not an enrichment program. Students who are staying for the afternoon will be in our Community Room. We will provide a quiet space, good wifi, and adult supervision. Students need to bring their school-issued or personal Chromebooks or computers, headphones, water bottle, snacks/lunch, etc. A bagged lunch is available for students who qualify. Students will be assigned a dedicated workspace; workspaces will be placed at least 6 feet apart. Masks are required just like during the school day. The extended day ends at 3:35 pm; we are not currently able to provide afterschool care.
What Safety Measures Are In Place?
We will closely follow the North Carolina Strong Schools Toolkit, which sets out extensive safety measures for school operations. Masks, social distancing, regular hand washing or use of hand sanitizer are required. Students must pass a daily health screening and temperature check. Any student who is symptomatic or has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID must remain home. They can attend school remotely while they are out.
When Will We Learn the New Schedule & More Detailed Info?
We will send more detailed information by Tuesday, along with the dates your student will be on campus. We are hosting Parent Q&A Sessions on Tuesday evening (see links below). Parents who have selected the fully remote option are encouraged to attend the Parent Q&A – we will go over the schedule changes and information that is important for everyone first – then we will cover information specific to students who are returning to campus.
We have opportunities for temporary positions to help us make this transition! Positions do not require a teaching certificate or degree; they do require a love of children and a commitment to maintaining a safe environment! Please send a resume and/or cover letter to Jobs@thefsi.us if you are interested in the following:
- Classroom facilitators: Facilitators will provide an in-person classroom presence for teachers who are unable to return to the classroom, or who are temporarily working remotely. Facilitators will help guide students through transitions, record attendance, and monitor and enforce safety protocols. Facilitators will not be expected to design or deliver lessons. Must be available from 7:45 am – 12:30 pm; ideal candidates will be able to commit to short-term consistent assignment (daily except Wednesdays for period of one – two weeks or more).
- Community Room Monitors: Monitors will provide in-person supervision for our Extended Day option. Monitors will maintain a calm and safe environment, record attendance, monitor and enforce safety protocols, and help establish trust and rapport with students. Must be available noon – 4 pm, Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri.
Re-Enrollment for Next Year
We’re excited to see so many of you returning next year! If you have not yet completed re-enrollment, or you have questions, reach out to our Director of Student Services, Erinn Otten (email@example.com).
We know this can be confusing, so here’s a quick reminder:
Current FSI Students: Complete the re-enrollment forms. Watch for an email from Erinn Otten this week.
Siblings of current FSI Students: Complete a NEW enrollment application, and check the box to let us know it is a sibling application. Siblings get priority enrollment.
Friends of FSI Students: Share the word and encourage them to apply! We can’t give them preference for enrollment, but we know that half of our new applicants learn about us from FSI parents. You are the best!