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Office of the Superintendent

Welcome Back Letter 2020


August 2020

Dear Franklin Square Families,

It seems like almost yesterday we were closing down our buildings and moving to virtual instruction. And yet, here we are at the start of the 20/21 school year. A year that will be different than any we have experienced. While many of our students will be coming back to school in September, we are also welcoming almost 400 students back virtually. Regardless of the format, our team will be here to support you and your family as our new journey together begins.

For families returning to in-person instruction, our staff has been working to make sure our buildings are ready to welcome your children back to school. All of our ventilation systems have been cleaned, filters replaced, rooms cleaned and sanitized and additional sinks, sanitizer stations, and other supplies added to each classroom. Teachers will arrive back to school on August 31st for five days of professional development, in addition to having time to get their rooms ready for our first day of instruction on September 8th. Pre-K classes begin on September 14th.

Principals will be sending out details regarding schedules, procedures, and protocols in the coming days. Schedules will be on the Portal by September 2, 2020. Please note that Pre-K schedules will be sent via mail. Virtual schedules with login information will be shared before the first day of school.

Due to social distancing limitations, we will be staggering arrival and dismissal times this year. While we understand that this is particularly difficult for our families, it is the only way that we are able to transport and receive students in a safe and organized way each day.

Bus routes will be based on geographic location and students will have assigned seats each day. Students will be seated from the back of the bus to the front in the morning and will be dropped off first in the afternoon to avoid having to walk through the aisles past other students. Arrival and dismissal times for buses are as follows:









Please note that the times listed above are not bus stop times. Information regarding bus stops and pick up times will be sent by our Transportation Department. As a reminder, all students must wear a mask at all times when entering, exiting, and while seated on the bus.

Students who walk or are driven to school will be assigned one of three staggered arrival and dismissal times based on the last name. Arrival and dismissal times for walkers or those being driven to school will be as follows:

















We ask that you adhere to your scheduled drop off and pick up times and leave the grounds as soon as possible.

We will not be offering before care or aftercare programs in September/October. As soon as we are able to offer these programs, we will reach out to families providing a detailed reopening plan and start dates.

As a reminder, students must wear a mask while on school grounds and in school. We will be providing each student with two cloth masks. Students are welcome to bring their own masks; however, neck gaiters, bandanas, and masks with vents or valves are not allowed to be used in school.

Students attending in-person must have their temperature taken every morning. Any student with a fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or any COVID-19 symptoms must not be sent into school. Parents/Guardians will be emailed a questionnaire that must be filled out daily on each child’s iPad. Students will show their iPad to the bus driver before boarding or at the door before entering school.

The last few months have been challenging for our students, and our teachers are prepared to support all of our learners with Social Emotional Learning lessons and activities from Lions Quest. We recognize that some of our students will need even more support and our staff stands ready to assist families as we begin this new school year. If you have not done so through the district survey or other means, please reach out to your building administrators to let them know if your child(ren) need additional support during this transition back to school.

We have worked hard over the past few months to create a detailed and robust reopening plan; however, we know that the first few weeks of school there are areas that will need to be worked out. Especially this year, we are asking for your patience and understanding during the first few weeks of school.

While this year will be unique, there are many things that will be the same. Our staff will be here in-person and virtually to teach and care for your children. Our staff will make sure students are receiving a top-notch education while still having fun. Our staff will make sure your kids are safe and feel safe in our traditional and virtual classrooms. Our staff cares deeply about children and their families. Our custodians, nurses, monitors, teachers, aides, clericals, bus drivers, bus attendants, teacher assistants, tech staff and administrators treat every child as if they were their own. Our staff is Franklin Square! We Can! We Will!

On behalf of the Board of Education and myself, I am thrilled to welcome you back to school and look forward to seeing you soon.


Dr. Bloom