Hello FSSD families:

Let me begin by expressing our deepest appreciation to all of you for the hundreds of calls, emails, texts, and social media posts encouraging our work over the past two weeks to help support you through this new school framework. Your words of positivity and encouragement were so appreciated and we hope to return that feeling to you as you navigate a new home school experience.

Over these past few days, many have been planning and developing resources to assist you while schools are closed. You will receive a communication from your school principal with details about how you can pick up your child’s learning packet on Tuesday, March 24. We understand that not everyone is a teacher at heart and we are not expecting you to assume that role. These learning packets and online resources will include a review of concepts already taught. Your child should be familiar with the content and we will provide opportunities for them to ask questions and interact with their teachers throughout the closure.

Learning Packet Pickup Tuesday, March 24
Students in grades K-3 will receive a packet of consumable materials (worksheets and written assignments). Students in grades 4 though 8 will receive consumable packets as well as a Chromebook in the event they want to access the online resources available to them through their school account. Online access is not necessary to complete the packet however. Your school will provide more details.

Please know that these packets are intended to provide support and continue our learning as we are away from our schools during this time. Learning is retained when we consistently practice. We hope you enjoy “practicing” while you are home. Thank you for being partners in this work – we appreciate your dedication to helping our students succeed.

Free Breakfast and Lunch for All Children
You will also receive information about the FSSD’s new Drive-Through service, which will begin Monday, March 23 at two sites, Liberty Elementary and Poplar Grove School. These two sites will provide an opportunity for families to drive through once a day to pick up that day’s breakfast and lunch offerings. Per USDA requirements, children must be in the car to receive the meals. All children (ages 1-18) may participate regardless if they are normally free, reduced, or full-paying students. No identification is required. For those who cannot pick up, we will have several select locations where meals can be delivered at bus stops to awaiting children and families. This information will be emailed and posted online.

Will These Days be Made Up?
We are awaiting approval from the Tennessee Legislature for school districts to be able to waive the missed days of school. A bill that has already passed the House Education Committee (House Bill 2818/Senate Bill 2672) includes waivers for TNReady testing for the year, the requirement for 180 instructional days, and the accountability requirements for student attendance. We will pass on what we learn as a result of legislative action.

Again, please know the FSSD stands ready to support you during these next few weeks. We will be sending information about the packets, the drive-through meal service and other food-based programs available through our community partners, and a listing of community resources in a variety of areas. These times are challenging but, as we like to say, we are #FSSDstrong and together we will succeed.

Sincerely,

David L. Snowden, Ph.D.
Director of Schools
Franklin Special School District