Today Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced the recommended closure of all schools. The FSSD will remain closed through April 3, 2020. The closure affects all district programming, including before- and after-school activities, all athletic and extracurricular practices and competitions, weekend events, and all facility use by outside groups. MAC will also close tomorrow through April 3. We understand that this closure may cause an inconvenience, but trust that you will support our efforts on behalf of the wellness of our community.
Classes are set to tentatively resume on Monday, April 6. However, the Governor has said that the state will continue to monitor and assess this situation, and will reevaluate the status of school closures as it gets closer to the tentative return date.
We understand that extended school closure will create hardship for many of our families. Please know that we are doing our very best to make decisions that will help care for all of our students, teachers, staff members, families, and community members through this time.
Over the next few days, we will communicate our plan to support families through this closure, including:
1. Providing a daily “grab and go” breakfast and lunch service through our schools and our transportation department.
2. Maintaining learning momentum to the greatest extent possible, given the circumstances. We are prepared with weekly learning packets for students to continue to remain plugged into their education and their teachers. More details about this will be provided in the coming days.
We will send frequent updates with information and resources via email, our website, and social media channels. Franklin Special School District employees need to be available to work when requested during this extended closure. We will communicate directly with staff members regarding their specific roles and responsibilities in the coming days.
We are so grateful for your patience and understanding as we continue to work through this difficult situation. We will get through this challenge together. Together, we are #fssdstrong.
Dr. David Snowden
Director of Schools
Franklin Special School District