Franklin MS Update - July 1

Dear Franklin Families and Students, 

Good morning! I hope this message finds you well and that you are enjoying the start of your summer.

On June 23, the FCPS School Board provided consensus regarding our plans to return to school in the fall. Dr. Brabrand’s letter to the community about this plan can be found here and the entire presentation to the School Board can be found here. Even with all of this communication, we know there are still many questions about the Return to School options that have yet to be answered and I encourage you to consult the FCPS Return to School website  and the FAQs for Families for ongoing updates. In addition, Dr. Brabrand will hold another Town Hall Meeting on Monday, July 6th at 6:30 p.m. to give families an opportunity to ask questions.

The Return to School plan offers families two choices: 

1) Full-time Online Instruction. Students will take part in virtual, face-to-face instruction four days a week.

2) In-person Instruction. Students will receive at least two full days of instruction in school each week. Students will be engaged in asynchronous work and independent study on the days they are not in the school building. One day each week will be set aside for teacher planning and extra support for some students.

Families have been asked to select the option for the upcoming school that best meets their needs. This is a family decision and one that I encourage you to discuss together, as it is a commitment for the full school year.  The selection for the upcoming school year should be submitted  by July 10.  This deadline is critical to our ability to plan for the Return to School and to design an instructional program for all of our Franklin students.  

Creating a virtual and online master schedule for the 2020-2021 school year based on your selections and the needs of our staff will be a huge undertaking that is new to all of us.  At this time, please keep in mind that we cannot guarantee that every class requested will be offered this year. I assure you that we will do our best to build a master schedule that honors the student course requests that have already been made.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility during these unprecedented times. I am committed to keeping you updated and informed as more details about the Return to School Plan become available. On Wednesday, July 8 at 6:30, I will host a Franklin MS Virtual Parent Coffee. During this time, I will provide a brief overview of the Return to School Plan, but the majority of the time will be devoted to answering your questions. A link for this session is available here and a reminder will be sent out next week.  

As you work to make the best decision for your family, I hope that this information is helpful. I am here to help answer any questions you may have and please feel free to email me at at any time. 

We miss our students and hope that all of our Franklin Falcons are doing well!


Dustin Wright