District News and Superintendent Updates

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FRANKLIN COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS NEWS
 
   
 

District News and Superintendent Updates

 

September 17, 2021

 

Masking Update

(9-15-21)

One of our top priorities is to be able to continue to offer in-person learning, five days a week for every student, while also continuing to be able to offer robust extra-curricular programs for students. In an effort to support this mission, the School Board voted to revise the mask policy at the September 13, 2021 School Board meeting.  

The revised policy is:  

Universal masking is required for all PK-12 students, staff and visitors in school buildings and on buses regardless of vaccination status. Exemptions for religious or health conditions require documentation.

Below is the timeline to submit required documentation:

  • Forms to be submitted by 4 pm Monday, September 20, 2021 to your principal or supervisor.

  • Forms can be found on the district website  www.frco.k12.va.us, and paper copies are available in each school office. 

  • Approved accommodation notification by Monday, September 27, 2021

  • If a form is not received and approved, students and staff will be expected to wear a mask beginning Tuesday, September 28, 2021. This includes staff who requested a medical or religious exemption at an earlier date.


Exemption Request Procedures

Process for Religious Exemptions Request Form

  1. School personnel will collect student religious mask exemption forms through Sept. 20, 2021.

  2. A Committee comprised of school and district personnel will meet to review for completion and requested accommodations.

  3. If the accommodation is reasonable and feasible, a parent/guardian letter approving the accommodation will be emailed to the parent/guardian.

  4. If the accommodation is not reasonable and feasible, the parent/guardian will be contacted to discuss alternative accommodations in lieu of masks. Once agreed upon accommodations are determined, a parent/guardian letter will be emailed. If that does not occur before September 28, the students will wear a mask.

Process for Medical Mask Exemptions Request Form

  1. School personnel will collect student medical mask exemption forms through Sept. 20, 2021.

  2. A Committee comprised of school and district personnel will meet to review the form for completion and requested accommodations.

  3. If the accommodation is reasonable and feasible, a parent/guardian letter approving the accommodation will be emailed to the parent/guardian.  

  4. If the accommodation is not reasonable and feasible, the parent/guardian will be contacted to discuss alternative accommodations in lieu of masks. Once agreed upon accommodations are determined, a parent/guardian letter will be emailed. If that does not occur before September 28, the students will wear a mask.

  5. A medical exemption form may trigger the school’s responsibility for Child Find. Central Office personnel will handle the request at this point.




Return to School Plan

2021-2022 Return to School Plan

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Mitigation Strategies

Below are some mitigation strategies we are incorporating in schools to help avoid school closures:

  • Sanitizing between classes

  • Stagger or minimize use of larger spaces 

  • Limit assemblies and other school gatherings inside the school buildings 

  • Prioritizing education over extra-curricular activities

  • Mask usage (masks are available) 

  • Layered mitigation strategies

    • 3-6 ft social distancing, where feasible 

    • Desk shields are available upon request for all students and staff

    • Cohorting student groups, which means restricting student movement during the school day, where feasible 

Important as well, we will continue to monitor Covid-19 positive cases in the school on a daily basis and will work closely with the Franklin County Health Department regarding contact tracing, quarantine protocols, and recommendation for the need to have virtual instruction.  

We recognize that there will be students and staff members who must quarantine or isolate due to COVID. When this occurs, these students will not be marked absent and will work through Canvas as assigned by their teacher. Further, I am sharing the FCPS Frequently Asked Questions document that may answer some additional questions you may have FAQ 2021-22.


Tuesday, November 2nd

Virtual Day for Students Due to Elections


K-12 History Advisory Committee

Purpose: The History and Social Science Advisory Committee will review Virginia's 2015 History Standards of Learning and make recommendations where historical facts surrounding that standard may be added to deepen students' understanding. The committee cannot alter or modify the standards.

Objective: The History and Social Science Advisory Committee will make recommendations, including the rationale, impact on the existing pacing guide, and recommended primary and secondary resources to Brenda Muse and Sue Rogers, on the draft of the 2015 revised standards. Interested applicants may apply at
K-12 History Advisory Committee.


State Health Commissioner Order of Public Health Emergency Statewide Requirement to Wear Masks in K-12 Schools

PHE-Order_K-12-8-12-2021


Schools are already on board implementing the 5 C’s into instruction in a variety of ways.  During the first week of school, teachers were observed providing instruction on critical thinking, collaboration and effective communication in many of the core subjects.  Strategies integrating the 5 C’s will be ongoing throughout the school year.


How is quarantine determined?


Check out this website from the VDOE regarding Oral Health

https://vahealthcatalyst.org/oral-health-care-and-your-family/

Checklist for currently enrolled students:

2021-2022 Checklist for Currently Enrolled Students (English)

Checklist for newly enrolled students: 

2021-2022 Checklist for Newly Enrolled Students (English)


Find COVID-19 vaccine locations near you at Vaccines.gov



Transportation Routes

Our routes should be getting closer to the posted times for pick up and drop off.  The first few days are always challenging as we adjust to new stops and students.  If you continue to have concerns please contact the transportation department at 540-483-5541.


 


School Nutrition Employment Opportunities
540-483-5721

Apply Online  

https://mss.franklincountyva.gov/ess/employmentopportunities/default.aspx


Franklin County Schools Food Services & Nutrition 

All schools will be operating under the Seamless Summer Option for the 2021-22 school year.  This means that ALL enrolled students will be provided a nutritious meal for breakfast and lunch each day at no charge to the household.   


FCPS Sports Information

 https://www.blueridgedistrictva.org/public/genie/358/school/231/

Indoor Events

Masks are required by all spectators during indoor sporting events and social distancing is recommended to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Outdoor Events

We would like for all fans to consider wearing a mask and social distance to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.


CodeRED Alert System

CodeRED allows messages to be broadcast to citizens in a quick and efficient manner. Citizens will receive messages such as evacuation notices, missing person notifications, road closures, weather alerts, boil water alerts, etc.  Citizens may sign up for CodeRED by going to the homepage of Franklin County Public Safety www.fcpublicsafety.com.


Tuesday, September 21st @ 5:30PM

Varsity Girls Volleyball vs. William Byrd @ Home

Masks are required by all spectators during indoor sporting events.

Friday, September 24th @ 7PM

Varsity Football vs. Hidden Valley @ Home

Masks are encouraged for all. 

Friday, October 15th

End of the First Nine Weeks

 

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