Thursday, March 12, 2020

Franklin Public Schools: Schools closed Friday, March 13

March 12, 2020

Dear Franklin Families,

We are writing to inform you that Franklin Public Schools will be closed Friday, March 13. All extracurricular activities and are also canceled. We will also be canceling SAT testing at FHS on Saturday, March 14, 2020.

We were notified late today by a staff member at the high school that they have been directed to self-quarantine. Out of an abundance of caution, we wish to conduct a thorough disinfection at the high school.

Additionally, we have reflected seriously on the information that has developed, particularly in the last 24 hours, across the Commonwealth and have applied our judgment as a leadership team about the most responsible course of action, which we believe is to close all District schools for Friday, March 13, 2020. Our first priority is the health and safety of our students and staff. We believe that the decision to close the District is in direct alignment with this responsibility.

The District leadership team will also use tomorrow to conduct a fuller assessment of the situation to plan and prepare for the continued support of our staff, students, and families. We will continue to closely monitor this ever-changing situation, following the guidance of our local Health Department, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. We will reassess to determine if a longer closure is warranted and update the community prior to the weekend.

Earlier this week, the Commissioner of Education has informed Districts that schools will only be required to make up, at most, 5 days due to school closure. Therefore, at this point, Franklin Public Schools will have had 2 days of closure.

We wish to remind you that the Town of Franklin has developed a portal for the public to access the latest information on Coronavirus:

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Franklin Public Schools: Schools closed Friday, March 13
Franklin Public Schools: Schools closed Friday, March 13

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