A Message from Our Superintendent
Dear Franklin Pierce Community-
We are coming up on the one-year anniversary of school closures related to the pandemic. Last year at this time, “social distancing” was not in our vocabulary, few people wore masks in public places, the term “vaccination” took on a very different meaning, and we were all accustomed to a mode of education that involved staff and students in the classroom, large gatherings for programs and athletics, laptops as a supplemental tool for learning, and many other norms that we now see differently. Needless to say, our world looks different.
What has not changed is that Franklin Pierce Schools staff continue to demonstrate care, concern, creativity and commitment throughout the year. We have continued to adapt to changing guidance from the national, state and local health care authorities.
While returning to in-person learning has generated a lot of excitement in our schools and community, preparing has been a monumental task. It requires a lot of time and planning. Our students and staff must endure yet another change. The safety requirements significantly change how students and staff interact with one another. Despite these challenges, we know that remote learning has been very challenging on families. We know that there are safe ways for students to return for in-person learning and are working collaboratively with health experts to implement these strategies. We also know that remote learning has made it difficult for some students to engage academically and socially. Students’ return to in-person learning will not solve these problems overnight but we are confident that if done well, we can address some of the barriers that students and families continue to encounter.
Please visit https://www.fpschools.org/2021-learning for up-to-date information as we progress through the school year. One of the resources available is our Return to In-Person Learning Guide. You will find student requirements, school day protocols, food resources, facilities protocols, and COVID-19 response protocols within this guide. Our 2021 Learning webpages also contain links to our instructional models sorted by grade level and projected timelines, childcare resources, technology assistance and more.
Thank you all for your patience, support, and creative input as we work together to navigate these challenging times. Many indicators suggest that this pandemic is not going to go away quickly. Please know that the health and safety of staff and students is our top priority as we consider the road ahead.