Thursday, December 16, 2021

Franklin Public Schools: District Newsletter - December 2021

Franklin Public Schools
District Newsletter
December 2021

There will be no school December 24th-31st.

Classes will resume on January 3rd, 2022.
FHS Masking Policy & District COVID-19 Dashboard
The effort to lift masking for vaccinated Franklin High School students and staff only has been postponed until further notice. A mask mandate will go into effect on Friday, December 17th, 2021 at Franklin High School regardless of vaccination status. The Town of Franklin percent positivity rate is the driving factor for this decision. Please see the Letter to FHS Families sent on the evening of December 15th, 2021 below...

Dear FHS Community,
We have an update regarding our positivity rate within the Franklin community. We learned, through a conversation with the Franklin Health Department today, that our 14-day % positivity rate is 4.24% and we anticipate that this value is going to be reported in the MA DPH COVID dashboard tomorrow evening. As an adjustment we will be encouraging all vaccinated students and staff to wear masks tomorrow Thursday, December 16th. As you know, unvaccinated students and staff are required to wear masks. We will be returning to the school committee's policy mandate that all students and staff wear masks beginning Friday, December 17th, regardless of vaccination status. This mandate will be in place as long as our 14-day % positivity rate is above 4%. I can appreciate the varied responses to this message and would like to welcome anyone with any questions to email me directly.
Joshua Hanna, Principal

MIAA Gymnastics Coach of the Year
The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association announced our very own Paula Lupien as the Gymnastics coach of the year!

"Earning this prestigious honor does not surprise me in the least. When it comes to coaching, Coach Lupien is the total package. I attribute the success of our Gymnastics program to Coach Lupien's meticulous attention to detail, her love for her student-athletes, and overall dedication to the coaching profession." - Athletic Director, Tom Angelo

Each coach will be recognized at the annual MIAA Awards Banquet in January and will be nominated for the NFHS Sectional and National Coach of the Year Award. View the full list of recipients here.
Performing Arts: Upcoming Concerts
Bravo to the students at FHS and ASMS who showcased their incredible talents at our concerts so far this month! Be sure to check out our upcoming performances.

Upcoming Concerts
12/15 RMS Concert - 6pm at the HMMS 6pm. (snow date 12/20)
12/20 String School of Franklin Winter Concert - 6 PM at the HMMS Auditorium
1/19 FHS Jazz Concert - 7pm at the FHS Auditorium
1/20 Musical Theatre Showcase - 7pm at the FHS Auditorium
For many, the winter months are a time of celebration, however, we recognize that these cold and dark months can have a negative impact on our mental health. For those in need of additional mental health support, we recommend utilizing the William James College INTERFACE Referral Service. Their website hosts a wide variety of community resources and their referral service can get you the specialized support you need without having to strain yourself looking for it.
The FPS Inclement Weather Policy outlines the decision making process for school cancellation or delays in response to weather related incidents. Families are encouraged to review the policy as we enter the start of the winter season.
Professional Teacher Status Ceremony
53 educators earned the honor of obtaining Professional Teachers Status over the last 2 years and the District was glad to be able to reconvene, recognize and celebrate them with a small ceremony on 12/7. These members are no longer considered "probationary" and embrace the necessary knowledge, skills, care, compassion and tenacity we look for in working with our Franklin children. We thank them and look forward to their continued success!
Big thanks to our FPS Families, Faculty, Staff and Franklin Community for a great year thus far!
Franklin Public Schools

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