Check your child’s bus stop and times online before Aug. 8

The Franklin Special School District is excited to welcome students back for a half day on Wednesday, August 8. Students will dismiss three hours early, but will have an opportunity to eat lunch before they leave. Additionally, please be advised that bus stop times will fluctuate the first two weeks of school as ridership stabilizes. Prior to the first day, please confirm your child’s bus stop location and time as these may change each year. The easiest way to check this is by going online to https://ewa.edulogweb.com/FRANKLINSPTN01web/webquery   We request parents to remain at the bus stop with your child 10 minutes before the posted time until your route stabilizes and times become more predictable. We also encourage parents of younger students to wait for your child at the stop in the afternoon. As a safety precaution, if a young child does not have an older sibling or adult at the stop or expresses a concern about safety, the driver has the prerogative to return the child to the school for a parent to retrieve. Please review the 2018-2019 Bus Rules and Regulations with your child so the expectations are known before they ever board the bus.    Finally, as you drive through town in the coming weeks, please remember to slow down when you see a school bus and NEVER pass a stopped bus. Students depend on the bus stop arm to cross the street safely. The Franklin Police Department is paying special attention to the safety of our students as school resumes and has provided important information in this news release: https://franklinpdnews.com/2018/08/06/school-back-in-session-this-week-keeping-kids-safe-top-fpd-priority/   If you have any questions about your...

All Schools Host “Meet and Greet” on August 6

All FSSD schools are hosting a Meet and Greet “drop-in” style event on Monday, August 6, from 3:30-6:30 PM. Students and their parents are invited to get together with friends and faculty and take advantage of this opportunity to meet your teacher and classmates, receive a schedule, turn in missing forms or documents, and receive important back to school information. Interpreters will be...

Free Immunization Clinic Offered July 30-Aug. 10

The Williamson County Health Department, located at 1324 West Main Street in Franklin, is offering a free walk-in immunization clinic July 30-August 10 with no appointment necessary.  The hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.-10:00 am and 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.  Also, this year the Williamson County Health Department has an online option for immunization forms. Families new to Tennessee no longer have to sit and wait at the Health Department for forms to be completed. They can simply fill in the online form and attach their records and the Health Department will be able to email their new TN Immunization Records to start school.  7th GRADE STUDENTSAll students entering 7th grade are required by law to show proof of a Tdap booster. While many students may have already received this vaccine as part of their routine immunizations, 7th grade students must have this documented on a Tennessee immunization form, which is available from your child’s physician or the Williamson County Health Department. Students new to FSSD will need all required vaccines documented on this form and proof of a physical exam to enroll.  These forms are available from your child’s physician or from the Williamson County Health Department.  The forms should be submitted prior to the first day of class to the school your child will attend for 7th grade.  It is recommended that you contact your child’s physician in the immediate future to obtain the needed vaccines and updated immunization form.  Area physicians are typically very busy in late July and early August and it may be more difficult to obtain the immunization and form prior to the first school day.  Students will not...

FSSD Pre-K Opening Still Available! Apply Now!

We still have spots open in the FSSD Pre-K Program! Apply Now! What is the Franklin Special School District/State of Tennessee Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program? Voluntary Pre-K provides a high quality educational program through an active learning approach. Young children learn skills at their own level in ways meaningful to them. A holistic approach to Kindergarten readiness prepares children socially, mentally, emotionally, and physically. If you walk into a Pre-K classroom you may see children playing house, putting on a puppet show, or building a miniature town with blocks and little people. Experienced, knowledgeable, understanding teachers and staff guide students through music, stories, songs, and play. All of these fun activities help children develop academic and social skills as they play. To be eligible, children must have been born on or between August 16, 2013 and August 15, 2014, live in the Franklin Special School District, and qualify in one of several ways. The Tennessee Department of Education Office of Early Learning requires school districts first serve students who are economically disadvantaged. Space permitting, students may be served who have disabilities, are identified as English Language Learners, are in state custody, or are identified as educationally at-risk for failure due to circumstances of abuse or neglect. Children attend Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Monday through Friday for a six hour day. Each class is limited to 16 children working with a teacher and paraprofessional. The program is free of charge although parents are required to provide transportation. For more information call any FSSD Elementary School or Lee Kirkpatrick at (615) 591-2802 and ask to receive application materials.  Voluntary Pre-K has proven to be a...

Free breakfast and lunch over summer ensure kids don’t go hungry

Summer is an exciting time for children to enjoy time with friends and family, but for many children, summer can mean many hungry days. Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does a child’s need for good nutrition. For the ninth consecutive year, the Franklin Special School District is partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to offer a Seamless Summer Food Service program (SSFS) to children. The SSFS helps to bridge the summer hunger gap by providing free breakfast and/or lunch to kids 18 and under at community sites during the months of May, June and July.  The 2018 Seamless Summer Food Service program kicks off Tuesday, May 29. The program’s goal is to significantly reduce child hunger over the summer months so there are no forms to fill out or qualifications to meet. Adults may purchase breakfast for $2.25 and lunch for $3.50.  The FSSD will host an open dining site throughout the summer available to the community on a walk-in basis. FSSD Summer Dining Site Johnson Elementary School  •  815 Glass Lane May 29 through July 27 (closed July 2-6) Breakfast Service:  8:00 – 8:30 AM  •  Lunch Service: 12:15 – 12:45 PM Community partners and off-site serving locations include: FSSD Summer Morning and Afternoon Care (MAC) and WeeMAC, Franklin/Williamson County Boys & Girls Club, Franklin Housing Authority, Franktown Open Hearts, The Gentry Education Foundation, Williamson County Parks & Recreation at Academy Park, Franklin Estates Mobile Home Park, Mid-Cumberland Head Start, My Friend’s House, FSSD Young Scholars Institute at Poplar Grove, Franklin Police Department’s Teen Academy, Freedom Intermediate and Freedom Middle...

Come aboard for reading fun on FSSD’s Story Bus Plus this summer

The Story Bus Plus program is a free community service offered in the summer by the Franklin Special School District and designed to foster a love of reading in children.  It offers reading time and storytelling to children ages 4 through the 4th grade (younger if accompanied by an adult).  Children may choose a good book, curl up on a beanbag and read or have books read to them.  Whatever the format, children are sure to have a good time aboard the Story Bus Plus.  The bus is staffed with certified teachers and paraprofessionals who love reading with children. Parents may sign their children on board for up to 45 minutes while shopping. This is the amount of time that children generally remain interested and enjoy their stay on the bus.  For smooth operation of The Story Bus Plus program, parents must adhere to the time limit.  Also, a cell phone number must be provided at the time of drop off in case a parent needs to be contacted. The Story Bus Plus will be at the locations below June 4 through July 20 (excluding the week of July 2 – July 6): Mondays (June 11, 25, and July 9)Franklin Estates Mobile Home Community700 West Meade Blvd. 10:00 – 1:00                                  Tuesdays (Between Kroger & Target)3064 Columbia Avenue9:00-12:00                              Thursdays (Publix at Franklin Market Place)1031 Riverside Drive9:00-12:00                              For more...