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    Dear Franklinville Families,

    Welcome Back! I hope everyone is having a relaxing and enjoyable summer spending time with families and friends. I am excited to be able to welcome students back to school this year for in-person learning. We have been working diligently this summer to prepare our school and grounds for a safe return. Our capital project is well underway and there have been many changes both inside and out. In addition to the building changes, we will be returning with some changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the restriction that come with it. Some of the changes here at the elementary are smaller class sizes, increase the number of sections and a new procedure for our car riders. We also have a new start and dismissal times.

     We plan to provide in-person instruction for all students this year on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Wednesdays will be days of remote learning and deep cleaning of our school. One of the biggest changes this year will be the new times for our school day. We will be in session from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. This change was necessary to allow for social distancing on the bus. There will also be no before or after school care for students. Students should plan on being at school by 8:45 every morning. Families interested in remote learning opportunities should contact the Office of Pupil Personnel Services.

    All students when entering the school building, including on the bus, must wear a mask and adhere to social distancing procedures.  Masks will be provided by the district, however, students are allowed to wear their own acceptable face coverings. Upon entry, students should pick up a bagged breakfast and go directly to their classroom.  Students should not stop at their lockers, they will go to lockers after attendance is taken.

    Students will still be participating in art, music, library/STEAM, and Physical Education (PE) on a rotating basis. Except for PE, all other specials will be in your child’s classroom. PE will be in the gymnasium or outside as weather permits. All classrooms will be encouraged to have daily outside recess built into their schedule. 

    Please send your child to school daily prepared to go, outside weather permitting.

    We are excited and looking forward to a great 20-21 school year. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we work through these unique times. We are committed to providing your child(ren) the best possible education. If you have further questions or concerns do not hesitate to contact me in the office at 716-676-8020 or email me at triddoch@tbafcs.org.

                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                   

    Updates and Reminders:

     

    Tuesday, September 8th is the first day of school for all students Pre-K through 5th grade! New hours - 8:30am -3:30pm

    The first week of school we will be on-site September 8th through 11th (Tuesday through Friday) and every week following school will be in session on-site at the elementary school building on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Wednesdays will be a remote learning day

    Time Changes:  The Elementary School operating hours this year will be 8:30 am-3:30 pm. This will change the bus pick up / drop off times by approximately 1 hour (later).

    Daily Temperature Checks:  All students and staff will be required to have a daily temperature check before entering the building.  There will be an aide on each bus. The aide will take each student’s temperature before entry on the bus.   All walkers and car riders will have their temperature checked at the South entrance before entry.

    Breakfast and Lunch are free to students! Even though they are free, we are asking that you please fill out the free and reduced lunch form (enclosed) and return to the school. Breakfast will be available at grab and go stations in the morning.  Lunch will be eaten in the classroom this year.

    Morning arrival of students who are walking to school or being dropped off will enter at the south end entrance of the building between 8:30 – 8:45.  Students riding the bus or arriving after 8:45 am will enter the building using the main doors.

    Dismissal times:  Students who are car riders or walkers will be dismissed at 3:20 pm.  Students riding the bus will be dismissed at 3:35 pm. 

    Lockers Students in grades 2-5 will be assigned lockers, but we ask that they not leave any items in lockers overnight.  What they bring to school should go home with them on the same day.  Students in PK, K, and 1st will be assigned cubbies.

    Before and Afterschool Care: Due to the uncertainty of COVID 19, Franklinville Central Schools will not be offering a morning or after school childcare program this year. Thank you for your understanding.

    Visitors: Your child’s safety is of the utmost importance and we will continue to implement our building security, including scanning your driver’s license when you are visiting (by appointment only) and requiring all guests to enter through the main doors during the school day. Also, your temperature will be taken upon entry of the building and a short health questionnaire will need to be completed.

    Dismissal Changes:  Please give the main office 24-hour notice must be given for any dismissal changes (regardless of normal dismissal method).

    Car Rider Pickup (Car Rider Pro):  We have implemented a new Car Rider Pro system, in which each family will be issued one (1) car tag that will be placed on their rearview mirror. As you enter the car rider line from Riggs Street, a strategically placed reader will identify your tag and add you to the dismissal list of parents/guardians / designated pickup person in our system so we can dismiss your child as you pull up to the pickup location. If you would like to request a second tag please call the main office.

    School Supplies: Our district was able to acquire a grant to purchase all the school supplies for our students this year. The only items that you will need to provide are as follows:

                 Pre-K: Art shirt, sneakers for gym, small blanket, change of clothes, water bottle, backpack

                 Kindergarten: Art shirt, sneakers for gym, change of clothes, water bottle, backpack

                 1st – 3rd Grade: Art shirt, sneakers for gym, water bottle, backpack

                 4th – 5th Grade: Art shirt, water bottle, backpack

    Demographic Sheet and Transportation Card:  You will be reciving a demographic sheet and transportation card in the mail. Please look over the demographic sheet, note any changes that need to be made, and sign it to confirm your review.

    Also, please fill out the transportation card with your child’s main method of dismissal and any names of those that have your exclusive permission to pick them up. This information will be entered into our system for use throughout the year so if any of these changes, please make it a priority to notify us so we can change this information in our system.

    Please return these completed items to the school before September 8th.  A self-addressed stamped envelope will be included