Dear Franklin Families,
As we all adapt to rapidly shifting developments, we appreciate your patience and support. Following the Governor’s school closure on Saturday, our leadership team participated in a statewide conference with the Department of Instruction. This conference helped to clarify some expectations for us.
The State’s intent for schools during these two weeks of closure is not that we immediately transition to remote learning. The recommendation is that schools use this time to prepare for the possibility of extended closure and digital learning.
Today, as part of our preparations for a transition to digital learning, we distributed over 70 chromebooks to students – over 3 times more than students requested last week! We also worked with families whose students reported that they did not have internet access, and helped each family find a solution. If your family does not have internet and you have not been in touch with us – please let us know. A huge thank you to all the FSI staff who helped accomplish these big tasks today!
With the clarification from the State about expectations for schools, our plans for this week have changed. We will use this week to finalize plans, design lessons,and begin the transition to remote learning. We will use Canvas as our platform for instruction.
- Small assignments will be available in Canvas for each class Wednesday, March 17, by 9 am. These assignments are due end of day Thursday. These are not high stakes assignments. They are a way for us to see what students are able to access Canvas and find assignments, and who needs more support.
- Our goal is for teachers and most staff to be able to work remotely starting Wednesday.
- Students in AP classes should continue working on assignments and projects. These college-level courses require daily work.
- Beginning Monday, March 23, we will begin remote, online learning for all students.
- Students will be expected to check in and complete work for each class they have scheduled for each day. High school students will continue to follow an A/B schedule for their core classes. These will not be live courses – students will be able to access lessons throughout the day. Teachers will establish office hours in order to provide support to students.
- Students should get in the habit of checking their school emails and Canvas daily. Parents – we will need your help with this.
- We will take attendance; this will be based on completion of short assignments such as exit tickets, or interaction with a teacher, or completion of a larger assignment.
- If your child is sick and unable to complete work for a day, please continue to send excuse notes to firstname.lastname@example.org
- More explicit directions and how-tos will be provided later this week.
- We are holding the Blood Drive tomorrow, due to the critical need for blood. We made the decision to move this to a mobile unit, rather than holding the blood drive in our building. This may mean that we cannot accommodate all donors tomorrow.
- The mobile unit will be parked in the middle driveway.
- Please remain in your car until your scheduled appointment time.
- Complete your screening questionnaire before your appointment (this is a good thing to do while waiting in your car). If The Blood Center has your email, you will receive the form via email. Or, you can click here to access the form. Please note that you cannot complete the form before 1 am on the day of the drive, and the form will take about 10 minutes to complete
- Our counselors sent information about meals and food earlier today. We will share this information on our website.
- Counselors are also available via email or their office phones, if students need to check in.