Monday, August 10, 2020

FPS Re-opening Plan - Presentation for Franklin (MA) School Committee - Aug 11, 2020

The presentation deck scheduled for the School Committee meeting Aug 11, 2020 

 
Other documents for the meeting can be found in the meeting packet folder
FPS Re-opening Plan - Presentation for Franklin (MA) School Committee - Aug 11, 2020
FPS Re-opening Plan - Presentation for Franklin (MA) School Committee - Aug 11, 2020
 
 

Franklin Public Schools: Executive Summary of Comprehensive Reopening Plan

 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The Franklin Public Schools presents this Comprehensive Reopening Plan to the Franklin Public Schools community after months of planning, using guidance from state agencies such as the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Centers for Disease Control, and Department of Public Health. A District-Wide Reopening Task Force met in working groups to consider Health, Safety, and Operations; Teaching and Learning/Digital Learning; Personnel; and Whole Child Supports. Principals are working with Building-Based Implementation teams to plan for building-specific implementation, and coordination of the plan is occurring among administrators across the same level (e.g. elementary, middle). Survey data about remote learning in the spring of 2020 was reviewed in order to improve and develop a stronger remote model with which to open school.

Franklin Public Schools proposes to open in a predominantly remote model of instruction to start the 2020-2021 school year and phase into a hybrid approach throughout the initial fall months. During this time, groups of students will begin coming into school to experience instruction in a hybrid model of both in-person learning, two days a week and remote learning three days a week (grades K-8) and, at the high school, in-person learning one day a week and remote learning four days a week. Target dates (subject to change) include:

  • September 16, 2020 -- highest Needs students
  • September 30, 2020 -- High Needs Students, Kindergarten and Grade 1
  • October 19, 2020 -- Grades 2-3; 6
  • October 26, 2020 -- Grades 4-5; 7-8
  • November 19, 2020 -- High School

The District is preparing to support the reopening of school by developing Universal Health and Safety Practices, preparing the physical spaces, developing and delivering targeted professional development, acquiring new resources including technology and personal protective equipment (PPE), and funding additional staffing positions to support both the remote and hybrid instructional models.

Universal Health and Safety Practices will be in place for occupancy of our buildings by faculty/staff and students. All members of the Franklin schools community will be expected to wear masks/face coverings except if exempted for a documented medical or behavioral reason. Masks/face coverings may be removed during periodic mask breaks and when eating. Franklin Public Schools will aim for 6 feet of physical distancing, especially when masks are not worn. Three feet of physical distancing will be the minimum. Additional PPE will be used for distancing of less than three feet. Good hand hygiene practices (frequent hand washing and hand sanitizing) will be expected.

The physical spaces of Franklin Public Schools will be modified in order to accommodate the Universal Health and Safety Practices. Desks will be spaced 6 feet apart and facing the same direction. Shared equipment will be minimized. Traffic through the school buildings will be modified to be orderly and to limit interactions among adults and among smaller cohorts of students. Air circulation will be increased and UVGI filters will be installed in HVAC systems. Plexiglass barriers will be installed as an additional protective measure in smaller spaces.  Tents will be placed outdoors for mask breaks and other opportunities for staff and students to gather in a well-ventilated location. Windows will be open whenever possible. The Nurse’s Offices are identifying Medical Waiting Areas for students and staff who are suspected of possibly having COVID-19 and are present in school. Ample, developmentally appropriate signage will be posted in conspicuous locations around the schools to remind students and staff of the Universal Health and Safety Practices.

Staff members will engage in additional professional development in order to support the reopening of school. The first ten days of the school year will provide additional opportunities for our faculty and staff to learn and plan for the school year. Topics of this professional development will include Universal Health and Safety Practices, social-emotional well-being of staff and students, academic instruction in a remote and hybrid environment, assessing and responding to students’ SEL and academic needs upon return to school, and ant-bias education. Professional development will be reinforced throughout the school year in order to support educators implementation of this plan.

The District is using funding from various federal and state coronavirus relief funding opportunities in order to augment resources for reopening school. This includes the acquisition of PPE (e.g. masks, gloves, gowns, face shields, waste disposal bags) for faculty and staff to use. Additionally, the District will use this funding to augment its cache of Chromebooks so that students may experience remote and hybrid learning in a 1:1 environment. Internet capacity exiting our school buildings will be amplified by adding additional bandwidth to support video conferencing and live virtual instruction. The District will expand licenses and subscriptions for teaching resources and instructional software for District-approved materials, which will be curated into a District tool-kit and displayed on a “Landing Page”.

Funding will also go to support additional personnel in reopening schools. The District proposes to hire Digital Learning Integrationists to support remote instruction in the remote and hybrid models. Additionally, the District will hire additional Licensed Practical Nurses to support the anticipated additional health needs of the school community. In order to maintain healthy and safe school buildings, the number of different adults in school should be limited. As such, the District proposed to hire permanent building substitutes. The District also proposes to hire bus/school monitors who will assist in the supervision and enforcement of mask-wearing, physical distancing, and hand hygiene. Crossing guards may be needed if additional students are walking to school, given modifications to bus transportation this year.

This Comprehensive Plan should be considered a living document, which will be updated periodically as the beginning of school gets closer. We anticipate additional guidance, updated health data, and potential information about additional financial resources. Additionally, we will continue to learn as we implement during a very fluid situation. The community will remain informed through the District’s Communication Plan, involving periodic updates from the Superintendent and School Principals and the posting information on the District’s Reopening Website.

Find the full plan on the Town of Franklin page  https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/discussion_action_a_-_reopening_plan.pdf

Franklin Public Schools: Executive Summary of Comprehensive Reopening Plan
Franklin Public Schools: Executive Summary of Comprehensive Reopening Plan

FM #325 Superintendent Sara Ahern Reopening Update - 8/06/20 (audio)

FM #325 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 325 in the series.

This session shares my conversation with Superintendent Sara Ahern regarding the school fall re-opening status. Our conversation was conducted via conference bridge to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.


Sara and I picked up from where we left off last time, which was before the preliminary plan was submitted to DESE, to talk about the remote learning first plans.   A focus on the high needs learners would bring them into the school environment safely when the protocols are ready. One key difference from the remote learning done at the beginning of the pandemic, schools were closed then, schools will be open in September. Teachers will be expected to teach from school classrooms, however exceptions may be made if appropriate for remote teaching.


The show notes contain links to the Re-opening page, family webinar and presentation docs. The agenda for the School Committee meeting scheduled for Aug 11 will be shared as soon as it is available.


Our conversation runs about 19 minutes, so let’s listen to my conversation with Sara on the preliminary plan and process.


Audio file = https://www.hipcast.com/podcast/Hc5Z2hzK

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Reopening Presentation  https://www.franklinps.net/district/meeting-packets/files/reopening-presentation 

Reopening Comprehensive Plan https://www.franklinps.net/district/meeting-packets/files/disc-action-reopening-plan 

Proposed Revised Calendar for 2020-2021 School Year  https://www.franklinps.net/district/meeting-packets/files/disc-action-b-revised-calendar 


Franklin Public Schools - Re-opening page https://sites.google.com/franklinps.net/returntoschoolplan/home?authuser=0


Re-opening Plan presentation doc https://www.franklinps.net/district/meeting-packets/files/reopening-presentation-updated


Re-opening Webinar for Families https://www.franklinmatters.org/2020/08/franklin-public-schools-family.html 


Webinar Presentation copy: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1u0AEgJeeT2_MJxB5D-NLI1rcrxgB73ymGd6KWaGIR-g/edit?usp=drivesdk


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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial


This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.

 

How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know


Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.

 

For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/

If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com


The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.


I hope you enjoy!

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You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"


FM #325 Superintendent Sara Ahern Reopening Update  - 8/06/20 (audio)
FM #325 Superintendent Sara Ahern Reopening Update  - 8/06/20 (audio)

FM #326 Franklin (MA) Board of Health Mtg - 8/05/20 (audio)

 FM #326 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 326 in the series.


This session shares the Board of Health meeting held on Wednesday, Aug 5, 2020. The meeting was conducted via conference bridge to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.


Chair Bridget Sweet opened the meeting and conducted the usual proposal for such remote meetings. She left the meeting just before it ended and ceded the role of Chair to the Vice-Chair Tim Cochrane.


The show notes contain links to the meeting agenda, the Board of Health page, and my notes from the meeting. 


The meeting runs about 33 minutes, so let’s listen to the Board of Health meeting.


Audio file = https://www.hipcast.com/podcast/HyXqgKQK


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Meeting agenda https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif591/f/agendas/agenda-8-5-20.pdf 


My meeting notes

https://www.franklinmatters.org/2020/08/board-of-health-recap-weds-aug-5-2020.html


Board of Health page  https://www.franklinma.gov/health-department 


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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial


This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.

 

How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know


Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.

 

For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/

If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com


The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.


I hope you enjoy!

------------------


You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"


FM #326 Franklin (MA) Board of Health Mtg - 8/05/20 (audio)
FM #326 Franklin (MA) Board of Health Mtg - 8/05/20 (audio)

VisualCapitalist: "What Does The Coffee Supply Chain Look Like?"

 

"There’s a good chance your day started with a cappuccino, or a cold brew, and you aren’t alone. In fact, coffee is one of the most consumed drinks on the planet, and it’s also one of the most traded commodities.

According to the National Coffee Association, more than 150 million people drink coffee on a daily basis in the U.S. alone. Globally, consumption is estimated at over 2.25 billion cups per day.

But before it gets to your morning cup, coffee beans travel through a complex global supply chain. Today’s illustration from Dan Zettwoch breaks down this journey into 10 distinct steps."

Continue reading the article online  https://www.visualcapitalist.com/from-bean-to-brew-the-coffee-supply-chain/

VisualCapitalist: "What Does The Coffee Supply Chain Look Like?"
VisualCapitalist: "What Does The Coffee Supply Chain Look Like?"


Commonwealth Magazine: "Parents turning to ‘pandemic pods’ and ‘microschools’"

 From CommonWealth Magazine we share an article of interest for Franklin:

"WHEN NORTH ANDOVER SCHOOLS closed in March, Jennifer Quadrozzi’s family formed a quarantine pod with three other neighborhood families. 

Quadrozzi’s seven-year-old daughter now had eight other children, ages two to nine, to play with. The kids would learn at their respective homes in the mornings, then play together in the afternoon.  

Now, the families, who are worried about coronavirus exposure if their children return to school in person, have started talking about forming a learning pod this fallThe mothers would rotate as proctors, and students would get together each day to do the work assigned by the school district. Quadrozzi works from home selling skin care products so she has a flexible schedule. Another mother would have to take time off work.   

Weve been together since March, made sacrifices to make sure our families are safe and healthy,” Quadrozzi said. “Whats changing in September? Nothing.”

 Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required) https://commonwealthmagazine.org/education/parents-turning-to-pandemic-pods-and-microschools/

Malia and Sam Owens learning together. Their mother Davina Owens plans to homeschool them this year. (Courtesy Davina Owens)
Malia and Sam Owens learning together. Their mother Davina Owens plans to homeschool them this year. (Courtesy Davina Owens)


Franklin Cultural District Newsletter - August 2020


Volume 1|August 10 2020
Franklin's Cultural District Notes
Welcome from The Chair...Nancy Schoen
 
As we approach the end of Summer 2020, we continue to be challenged by the COVID-19 outbreak. The economic impact of this pandemic has been overwhelming for families, businesses and arts establishments. During this time the arts have continued to provide comfort, support and opportunities for many of us to connect with one another.

In our town many of the Franklin Cultural District Partners have been working hard to create enriching cultural experiences for our community. While our path forward is not clear we know that together we will get through this. As we begin our work together to "Recover, Rebuild and Renew" let's remember to support our local businesses and arts establishments right here in Franklin.
What's Happening in the District ...
Partners Updates
Franklin Cultural District Partners support and advance the arts and culture in myriad ways. The Farmers Market is a wonderful food and local business resource. Concerts on the Common features a month of Friday night events for audience members of all ages. Some of Franklin's restaurants are offering outdoor, safely-distanced dining.
Looking toward the fall, several businesses and institutions have developed new platforms, many virtual, for connecting with Franklin residents. This newsletter contains a few updates. Enjoy!

The Drummers' Studio
The Drummers' Studio is kicking off its "Back to School" programming featuring Online Lessons, Virtual Bands and Ensembles. They're excited to welcome new and returning students. This year's theme is "All Classics - All the Time" including Led Zeppelin, Rush, Miles Davis, Earth, Wind & Fire, James Brown, the Beatles and more.

Join TDS for a fun Fall Season as they continue the last leg of their 10th anniversary celebration. As of August 1, 2020 they will continue online learning, as they slowly transition to staggered and optional in-person lessons per CDC guidelines.

Kris Russell, The Drummers' Studio
The Little Shop
Beginning August 18th The Little Shop returns to its regular business schedule:
10 am to 6 pm Tuesday through Saturday and 11 am to 4 pm on Sunday.

Their online store currently has local delivery or pick up, if folks feel more comfortable using contactless shopping.

The Pairing for August is Blueberry Aged Balsamic and Basil Ultra Premium Olive Oil. The combination is delicious with our Specialty Wines and Recipes!!

Tracey & Mike (shop owners)  https://www.shopevoo.com/
Franklin & Bellingham Rail Trail
FBRTC applied for and received a Franklin Cultural Council 2020 grant to identify 10 - 12 species of trees along the Grove Street to Spring Street section of the Southern New England Trunkline Trail (SNETT). Sign designs were developed, environmentally sound mounting hardware identified, and final concept design approval has been received from Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

The final sign design will include both common and scientific names for the tree species along with a QR Code linked to a USDA guide containing detailed tree information. Pictured above is a sample tree sign. The installation of the signs is expected in September/October to coincide with the FBRTC annual Fall trail clean up.

THE BLACK BOX presents ...
Ayla Brown
Saturday
August 15 at 8:00 pm
Outdoor Concert
THE BLACK BOX
Alya Brown

THE BLACK BOX, the region's premiere concert, theater, and event venue, will present country singer Ayla Brown as part of their outdoor concert series in the theater's parking lot on Saturday, August 15 at 8:00 pm. The concert is sponsored by the Franklin Cultural District Committee and the Franklin Downtown Partnership. THE BLACK BOX Summer Concert Series is sponsored by Dean Bank.

Tables will be socially distanced and masks will be required when patrons enter THE BLACK BOX building to access the box office, restrooms, and bar. Table groupings will be limited to six. Advance ticketing and payment are encouraged.

"The Franklin Downtown Partnership is happy to partner with the Cultural District Committee to sponsor the Ayla Brown concert," said Franklin Downtown Partnership Executive Director Lisa Piana. "We hope the community will come out and enjoy this summer concert in downtown Franklin." 

Tickets will be available at www.THEBLACKBOXonline.com or by calling 508-528-3370. THE BLACK BOX is located at 15 W. Central St. in downtown Franklin. 

This Week at FSPA
August 3, 2020 ~ Fall Planning

We are doing our best creative thinking at 38 Main Street as we make our plans for Fall 2020. It is clear that we need to be flexible, ready to pivot, and prepared for adjustments to the schedule as we navigate the rest of this unprecedented year. At this time, we are preparing for a hybrid scenario at FSPA, with a fully virtual option available for those who choose not to attend classes in person. In the fall we will teach all classes on our regular schedule and virtual classes will be livestreamed at the designated class time (not recorded). We will accommodate all students who register, and depending upon class sizes and studio availability, we can expect larger classes to alternate in person or virtual at home, week by week. There may be some group classes that do not require the hybrid scenario and will meet in person every week. Private lesson students are cautioned to schedule so that your lesson time works both when you are at the school and if it is an at-home week for your group classes.
 
As we are doing this summer, larger spaces will be utilized for private voice lessons in order to accomplish required distancing. Some lessons and group classes may be held at THE BLACK BOX, either in the main space or upstairs in the "green room." At 38 Main, the dressing rooms will remain closed when we return in the fall. The upstairs dressing room will be used as a private lesson teaching space. Students 6th grade and older will be allowed to wait at FSPA up to 90 minutes between classes and will be required to social distance in the hallways (or recital hall when not in use). Children in grade 5 and younger, must be accompanied into the building by an adult for drop off and must be picked up in the building. 
 
Although I am awaiting additional information from Governor Baker, I envision continuing the safety protocols now in place at 38 Main Street including limited numbers of people in the building - parents and siblings are asked not to wait in the school. Social distancing will be enforced, face coverings will be worn at all times – including masks in all dance classes and face shields for voice and acting. Frequent hand washing/hand sanitizing will be encouraged. We will continue our enhanced cleaning and sanitizing protocol throughout the school, throughout the day.
 
You will hear more from us as our plans develop further. We appreciate your patience, flexibility, and support!

Best,
Raye Lynn, Director
Franklin Public Library
Snack Packs

How it works:
Come to the library between 10:00 AM-4:30 PM MONDAY-THURSDAY and scope out our "menu" of "snack pack" book bags available for the day!

Each bag will contain up to 5 books, and is broken down by age range, including: board books, picture books, beginning readers, chapter books, and YA!

Call the children's room (508-520-4941 ext 2) and have your library card handy!
We will check out the bag of your choice and bring it to you! The bags will be different each day, you never know what you're going to find!

**SUPPLIES ARE LIMITED, FIRST COME FIRST SERVE! LIMIT 1 BAG PER PATRON*  https://www.franklinma.gov/franklin-public-library
Special Events for Families!

Wednesday August 12,
Activated Story Theatre Virtual Performance on Facebook!
The Activated Actors pull out all of the stops to engage, delight and educate young audiences. Hula, ukulele, acrobatic tricks, spinning poi balls, silly costumes, comedy and American Sign Language bring these stories to life before a giant over-sized book!

Saturday, August 15,
Princess Picnic Virtual Visit on Facebook!
Join us as we virtually welcome a royal princess for a celebration full of singing and dancing!

Saturday, August 22, 10:30AM-11:30AM
Hodge Podge Hide and Seek in Downtown Franklin!
Where in downtown Franklin is Mr. Vinny and his Giant Puppet? Join the fun for our last Social Distancing Seek and Find of the summer! Follow the clues posted in the Facebook event and try to spot Mr. Vinny from your vehicle! **This event is brought to you by a generous grant from The Franklin Cultural District Committee and Mass Cultural Council!**
Caleigh Keating, Youth Services Librarian
Franklin Historical Museum
Franklin Historical Museum
The Franklin Historical Museum has been using this unprecedented time to plan for the future. We have been designing new exhibits and gleaning more and more ways to keep our patrons engaged while our doors remain closed to the public.

Our social media accounts have been dedicated to sharing vibrant stories from Franklin's past as well as promoting virtual learning opportunities.

We have also been hard at work on our COVID-19 Archive Project so that we can preserve the historic event which we are currently living through. If you would like to participate, follow this link (https://forms.gle/naX1pjs5t1HRkDuF6) or visit our Instagram page (@franklinhistoricalmuseum). Future researchers will appreciate the time you took to answer our questions as they study what happened and how humanity bonded together to survive the unthinkable.

We thank you for your stories!

Mary Olsson, Chair, Franklin Historical Commission
Rebecca Finnigan, Archivist
Thank you!
We hope you enjoyed the second issue of the Cultural District newsletter. If you have any questions for us or want more information, please visit our website: franklinculture.org. and like us on Facebook: The next Franklin Cultural District Partners meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 14, 2020. It will take place via video conference. Watch our website for more information.

Culture and the arts benefit the entire community. Thank you!
Nancy Schoen, Chair; John LoPresti, Vice Chair; Pandora Carlucci, Clerk; Jamie Barrett, Evan Chelman and Roberta Trahan.
Town of Franklin Franklin Culture District | 355 East Central Street, Franklin, MA 02038

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