We were able to get vaccines for everyone the way we do everything – collaboration, persistence, and being Crew. We were even able to help a few other schools find doses for their staff.
And – with this great news comes a new opportunity to be Crew.. We are looking for people to serve as Classroom Facilitators on the dates when many FSI staff are scheduled for 2nd doses, in case teachers experience flu-like symptoms from the vaccine. Facilitators will be in classrooms, in person, while students complete online lessons. If you are interested in helping, please email email@example.com. This can be paid work or count as volunteer hours.
Here are the days we may need help:
- March 18 and 19 (priority need)
- March 25 and 26 (we might be able to manage these days ourselves)
- March 29 and 30 (priority need)
Dear Franklin families,
Tomorrow is a big day, and Franklin has been buzzing with everyone getting ready to welcome students back to campus. Hallways and classrooms are marked with social distancing reminders. Hand sanitizer is never more than a few feet away. Classrooms are set up and ready. Bus routes are done, rosters have been checked and cross-checked, substitutes lined up – we’re ready for all the things. And almost certainly, tomorrow will bring opportunities we couldn’t predict. There will be hiccups. We’ll probably have traffic jams. You’ll think of things we didn’t. We’ll listen, we’ll adapt, we’ll get better.
We can’t wait to see students in person again tomorrow. And for so many of you – we can’t wait to meet the “real” you! Whether your student is returning to campus or remaining remote, let’s make sure you have everything you need for a good transition to Plan B.
Plan B Overview
If you weren’t able to join us for the Parent Q&As Tuesday evening, you can learn more about Plan B, safety protocols, and what your student’s day will look like by viewing the presentation or watching the recording:
- Plan B Parent Q&A Slides
- Plan B Middle School Recording: passcode ?tKCGj40
- Plan B High School Recording: passcode x.TfH9%7
- Middle School Principal Tony Freeman: firstname.lastname@example.org
- High School Principal Sarah Jean Smith: email@example.com
Grade level teams have provided detailed information for individual student schedules. Look for your weekly grade level newsletter to get all the nitty-gritty information!
COVID Safety Pledge
If your student is returning, complete this FSI Family COVID Safety Pledge. If you have already completed this – tonight or tomorrow morning is a good time for a review! Together we can keep our students and our staff safe and healthy.
We have a regular Plan B schedule this week. Thursday and Friday are regular class days.
Our traffic flow and drop off/pick up procedures are updated on our website. New to campus? We’ve got a map to help! There’s a picture of the traffic flow – with the names of our buildings and the pick up zones – shown below. You can see a larger version along with detailed instructions on our website under the Parents/Transportation tab, here.
Drop off begins at 7:50 am for middle school and 8:10 am for high school. Please arrive as close to the scheduled time as possible. If too many people arrive early – we’ll back up traffic onto Sardis Road. All passengers must wear masks while we conduct health screenings. Students need to remain in the car until they have been screened.
Pick up begins at 11:50 am for high school and 12:00 noon for middle school. To keep things controlled and safe, we are using an indoor dismissal. We will use all three drives for dismissal. See the map below or linked on the website.
- 7th and 10th grade students: Use the 1st right-hand turn when you arrive on campus
- 8th and 9th grade students: Use the 2nd right-hand turn when you arrive on campus (between the large modular buildings and the new building)
- 5th, 6th, and all students in new building (11th, 12th grade and 10th graders with 3rd period Biology): use the driveway that goes behind our new building, and pick up at the main entrance to the new building.
Many of our students drive together. Here are a few key points!
- Pick up in the line designated for the youngest student in your carpool. So -if you carpool with a 5th or 6th grade student – you’ll pick up all students near the entrance to our main building
- Send an email to your principal if your student will be riding home with a sibling who drives. Students will be dismissed from classrooms and can walk over to meet their sibling
- Looking for carpooling options? We recommend masks and open windows in a mixed-family carpool. We have a private Facebook group to help. Find your ride share here: Franklin School of Innovation Car Pooling Group
We will NOT have food trucks or pizza sales. Most students will eat lunch at home, after dismissal.
- Extended Day Students: Bring a bagged lunch and snacks
- Students eligible for free/reduced lunch: We will provide bagged lunches for students staying for Extended Day or for students to bring home with them. Please email Erinn Otten (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jodi Maney (email@example.com) if you would like a lunch.
If you signed up for the Extended Day program, you received an email from Michelle Vruwink with details. We currently have a waiting list for this program. If you signed up but no longer need this program- please let us know so that we can offer the space to another student. If you are on the waiting list, hang in there. We will know more about capacity by the end of this week.
If you signed up for bus service, you received an email from Deeana Bennett with the bus routes and schedules. Send some love to our bus drivers – our 6 drivers are covering 3 daily routes, 3 different times each day. Thank you bus drivers!
Student Medications & Medical Release Forms
This is an URGENT request from our school nurse! If your student relies on medications (asthma inhaler, EpiPen, diabetes supplies) – we need your medication management forms and supplies on campus. Forms are available on our website, and you should have an email from our nurse, Jess Peckham (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please help us keep your student safe at school!
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
Re-Enrollment for Next Year
Yes – we still have some news that isn’t about Plan B! If you have not yet completed re-enrollment, 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!