Saturday, January 29, 2022

Franklin Public Schools: District Newsletter - January 2022

Franklin Public Schools
District Newsletter
January 2021
Feb. 11th will be a half day for Professional Development day.

Last day of school is now June 21st due to the snow day on 1/7.
Updated District COVID-19 Policies and Programs
On January, 10th, 2022, The Department of Secondary and Elementary Education (DESE) made the decision to extend the mask mandate until February 28th, 2022. Although Franklin High School has a masking waiver for achieving over 80% positivity, all individuals in every Franklin Public School is required to mask at this time.

On January 18th, 2022, the Department of Secondary and Elementary Education released a joint statement with the Department of Public Health regarding updated COVID-19 testing support and guidance.

In accordance with DESE and DPH, Franklin Public Schools is updating our COVID-19 Testing Program to offer free in-home rapid antigen testing for students and staff starting the week of January 31st. Contact tracing will not be taking place for in school exposure. A part of this shift in the program, we are discontinuing the Test and Stay and contract tracing for in-school close contacts. This means that if your child is a potential contact in school, they may continue to come to school and do not have to quarantine. We request that families notify your school nurse if your student was an out of school close contact that requires isolation under the current guidelines from DPH.

FHS Happenings!
Franklin High School DECA students competed in the DECA District Two Conference. The organization is focused on developing and empowering students interested in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. 119 FHS DECA students qualified to compete at the State Career Development Conference in March. Congratulations to all and best of luck!

No Place for Hate Campaign
FHS Students reflected on Dr. King's legacy in honor of MLK Day. Drawing from his activism, they embark on their mission to make FHS a Anti Defamation League - No Place For Hate. View their takeaways below...
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Calling All K-5 Families!
Join us to learn more about our new elementary math resource, Illustrative Mathematics! Dr. Tina Rogers, Director of Curriculum, STEM & Elementary Math Specialists will be hosting.

Upcoming Author Visit with Ruta Sepety

Attention HMMS parents! HMMS was chosen for a special visit from historical fiction author Ruta Sepety. She is coming to HMMS for a virtual visit on Wednesday, Feb. 2nd. Students who have read one or more of her books (or who plan to finish one before February 2) are invited to attend! She will talk about her writing journey, research process, uncovering hidden history, and give a sneak peek of her 2022 thriller I Must Betray You.

Students and staff who wish to attend are asked to sign up using the Google Form.

From the School Committee
During the January 11th School Committee meeting, Student Services provided a presentation on Special Education throughout all grade levels with supplemental data, district resources and various programs meant to support our students. The presentation is available to view via this link.

On January 25th, FHS Principal Josh Hannah presented on the program of studies. The presentation is available here.
Please join us for our next meeting on February 8th at 7pm.
Happy New Year to our FPS Families, Faculty, Staff and Franklin Community!
Franklin Public Schools

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