Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Estimated school costs for re-opening in September

 From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Massachusetts schools are getting a better picture of what classes may look like if academic buildings reopen to onsite learning in the fall.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released initial guidance addressing key safety supplies and social distancing measures to protect students, teachers and staff from COVID-19.

The department is “operating with the best information we have as of early June about how to maintain the health and safety of our students and staff in any in-person school programs and limit the risk of COVID-19 transmission,” according to a memo from Commissioner Jeffrey C. Riley.

One big difference will be class size. Under the initial guidance, group sizes would be restricted to a maximum of 10 students, with a maximum of 12 individuals, including students and staff, in each room."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

DESE links = http://www.doe.mass.edu/covid19/on-desktop.html



Aside from the major budget problem looming over Franklin Public Schools for three years (regular readers will know that), the estimate for additional costs for re-opening under social distancing requirement are NOT considered in the current budget.

Hence Town Administrator Jamie Hellen has been calling this budget a preseason and first pass expecting to make multiple adjustments during the year as things become more clear. This "things becomes more clear" means all of the following: State finances, local revenues, and re-opening requirements. To be more specific right now is simply not possible with so many balls in the air.

Given the number in this chart for 3600 students, Franklin with 5100 students would be in the ball park of $2,478,000

Found via Twitter - https://twitter.com/TracyNovick/status/1269975111786004481?s=09


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