- Friday, May 1, 2020
- Monday, April 20, 2020
- Monday, April 6, 2020
- Friday April 3, 2020
- Friday March 20, 2020
- Thursday, March 12, 2020
- Wednesday, March 11, 2020
- Sunday, March 8, 2020
Remote Learning: Learn more about teacher-designed learning materials and enrichment opportunities to help students learn independently.
Attendance: While student attendance is not contingent on showing up in a school building, teachers are closely monitoring regular communication with students and families, and how often students are submitting coursework.
Grading: Learn more about how students will be assessed on spring semester learning. Students will not be penalized for pandemic circumstances outside of their control and will have the opportunity to improve their grades from before March 17 while also learning new content to prepare them for next year.
Stay Connected: Communication with your student’s teacher(s) and school is more important than ever before. Our teachers have been working hard to connect with each student and family. if you have not heard from us, please contact you school office immediately or look up your teacher’s email address and phone number under your school’s website | General Information | Temporary Staff Contact Information.
District Technology: All students have the opportunity to check out district laptops in order to access learning materials and to communicate with teachers and classmates. The FPS IT Department has checked out 6,500 laptops and is continuing checkouts by appointment.
Meal Sites: All students have access to free breakfast and lunch. We hope that families take advantage of 28 meal sites throughout the district where students can touch base with district staff, and pick up a free lunch and breakfast for the following day.
Click here to view a message from Superintendent Goodpaster
Hello Franklin Pierce Schools Community:
Last week marked one month since the initial school closures. It is my sincere hope that you and your family are healthy. So much has changed in our community and in our world.
Despite the circumstances, we are doing our best to support students and families. We will continue to stay connected with students on a regular basis, we will offer continuous learning so that students can stay engaged and be prepared for next school year and we will continue to connect families with resources (like meals and laptops) to offer support during these extraordinary times.
Our ability to support students and families requires us to stay in regular contact with one another. We keep our website up-to-date with accurate information and work to connect with families through Canvas (our learning management system), phone and email. If you haven’t heard from us, please contact your child’s school or teacher as soon as possible.
Finally, I want to offer a word of encouragement. I told our principals earlier this week that no principal has ever had to lead a school in a way that they have over the past four weeks. The same is true for our teachers, and frankly all of our staff. These are unprecedented times. Well, the same is true for parents. You are supporting your family while our economy, our health and safety, our connection with others and really, our way of life, is constantly changing. There is no playbook for how to parent during an extended health crisis. So please, give yourselves some grace, be sure to take care of yourselves, extend help to others when you are able and reach out to ask for help along the way.
We are in this together. Stay safe and stay healthy.
Franklin Pierce Schools
Continuous learning will continue for the remainder of the school year. We are committed to continuing to partner with families and community to support our students’ learning while they are at home. For more information on accessing distance learning, supplemental educational resources, and laptop checkouts, please visit www.fpschools.org/edresources.
We will continue to provide meals at 30 locations around the district Monday-Friday from 11am-12pm. Additional information can be found at www.fpschools.org/meals.
Childcare will continue to be available in a limited capacity for children of first responders and health care workers. For additional childcare information, visit www.fpschools.org/closure.
High school seniors will receive support from guidance counselors on opportunities to earn and document credits they need for postsecondary transitions. We will continue to monitor recommendations from OSPI and public health officials regarding the graduation ceremonies. For additional information for high school seniors, visit www.fpschools.org/classof2020.
We are awaiting information from the Governor on whether school facilities will be open to provide summer school. All field trips and events, including sports, socials and dances, will be canceled for the rest of the school year. We are engaging with students to come up with creative alternatives to celebrate memorable events and milestones. We will keep students and families updated on these decisions so that you can plan accordingly.
provide food and nutrition services
provide childcare for children of healthcare workers and first responders
provide educational resources and support
Update: Thursday, March 12, 2020
Dear FPS Community:
As you know, we are facing an unprecedented public health crisis. I know it has been a stressful few weeks as the situation evolves on a daily basis.
We have kept our schools open as long as possible, as recommended by state and local public health authorities. We know that in addition to education, schools provide vital support to our communities and that closure will have a major impact on our families.
Governor Inslee has now ordered the closure of all schools in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. Starting Monday, March 16, our schools will close until Monday, April 27.
All our schools will remain open Friday to allow a transition day for staff and families to adjust to the closure. We respect and support any family who chooses to keep their child at home on Friday. In addition, on Friday, we want parents, students and families to retrieve medications and other essential personal items that they need to have with them while schools are closed.
We understand that this plan will create hardship for many families, and we appreciate your patience and cooperation. The school day is the centerpiece of the lives of many people. Children count on the reliable routine that a school day offers, from the classroom setting to the many people at school who know them, care for them and provide recognition of them five days a week. Families, too, count on that routine and the knowledge that their children are cared for during the day. It allows them to tend to their work day or focus on the other pieces of life that need to be taken care of – and there are many. Contemplating weeks without that structure and care may seem overwhelming. Please know that we are doing our very best to make decisions that will help care for all of us through this time.
What this Means for Students
Friday is the last day of school for the foreseeable future. Again, on Friday, we are allowing students to collect learning materials and personal items they might need while schools are closed. Our educators are speaking with students on Friday about this closure.
We will provide learning support materials in addition online learning resources. These are not meant to be a substitute for classroom instruction but will help students practice their skills and learn independently during the closure.
We are finalizing plans to support our families during the closure in the following ways:
- Providing meals to our students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals.
- Providing childcare for our families of first-responders and healthcare workers during the closure, following the guidance of Gov. Inslee.
- Providing support, if required by the state Superintendent of Public Instruction, to our 12th-grade students to ensure they complete graduation requirements.
Public Health Guidance
We encourage you to continue to follow existing guidelines to protect your own health. The Centers for Disease Control recommends:
- Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds; use alcohol-based sanitizer if no water is available
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact (within 6 feet) with those who are sick
- Stay home if sick
- Cover cough or sneeze with tissue, throw tissue in trash, wash hands
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched object and surfaces
Here is a resource for families who may want to see a doctor but don’t have one and/or those who need to enroll in public or low-cost health insurance.
As part of our coronavirus response, we will be sending frequent updates with information and resources via email, text messages, the website and social media channels. We want to express our appreciation for the patience of our Tacoma community as we work through the daily challenges the coronavirus has presented us.
This will be the first of several communications over the coming days based on the rapidly evolving COVID-19 Coronavirus situation.
Franklin Pierce Schools is following Governor Jay Inslee’s directive issued today to make contingency plans for possible school closures for an extended period of time in Pierce, King and Snohomish counties. While some districts in King County have made a decision to close starting Thursday, we are continuing to follow the advice of the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, which recommends that schools stay open. Please note we have been informed that we will receive more direction from the Governor’s office on Thursday and will update the community as soon as we have additional information.
Given Governor Inslee's statements, we have begun preparations to close all of our schools for an extended period of time. If that happens, we understand it will cause hardship for many people in our community. As a district, we are working to set up a variety of supports for our students, staff and families. We encourage all of our families and staff members to begin making preparations as well.
Thank you for your ongoing care and concern during these unprecedented times. We will update you as soon as we have additional information.
Our district leadership is currently in the process of reviewing all events, programs and activities and will notify affected school communities, partners and participants of cancellations and changes as soon as possible. Additionally, we are following the governor’s request to prepare for the possible extended school closures.
We will offer an update to district staff and families as soon as possible.
As Coronavirus continues to affect people in our community, we are working closely with local public health experts to make informed decisions about how to keep students and staff safe. The Tacoma Pierce County Health Department is not currently recommending that schools proactively close unless they have a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a staff member or student. Currently, we have no known cases of COVID-19 among students or staff in Franklin Pierce Schools.
Please be assured that a team of district staff are working hard to anticipate, plan and coordinate a thoughtful response to this situation. We are in daily contact with public health leaders, emergency management personnel, OSPI and other school district leaders to get up-to-date information and implement best practices.
We will communicate with families about urgent updates through our district communication channels (including website, email, phone, text message and social media), and encourage people to visit this page for ongoing updates and to inquire about Frequently Asked Questions.
- What are common symptoms of COVID-19?
- What can I do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19?
- Why are public health officials not currently recommending the closure of schools?
- If I choose to keep my child home from school due to concerns about COVID-19, will the absence be excused?
- Are school events and field trips cancelled?
- If there is a school closure for COVID-19, will we make up those school days?
- Will FPS offer remote learning if there is a school closure?
- Where can I find additional information about COVID-19?
- What precautions is FPS taking to maintain facilities and equipment?
People who have been diagnosed with novel coronavirus have reported symptoms that may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus:
- Difficulty breathing
- Wash your hands often with soap and water and for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes.
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
- Stay at home and away from others if you are sick.
- Get your flu shot if you haven’t yet. Flu activity in the county is still elevated.
- Children are not known to get seriously ill from COVID-19
- Closing schools may not be effective because some children may congregate anyway at other locations
- Many parents, such as healthcare workers, need to be at work. If these critical workers stay home with children it causes significant impacts on the healthcare system and other institutions that are essential for our community to function
- If schools close, some children might have to stay home with alternative caregivers, such as elders, who are more vulnerable
- We don’t know how effective children are in spreading this disease
As a parent, it is up to your judgement to keep your child home due to a health concern.
Some children and staff may be at higher risk for severe illness because of underlying health conditions or a weakened immune system. Public Health advises that families consult with their healthcare provider to decide the best course of action.
If you decide to keep your child home, the absence will be excused.
If your child is absent from school due to illness or safety concerns, your child’s teacher will provide assignments and opportunities for learning. Please note that teachers need to have at least 24 hours’ notice to provide work for students who will be out.
Franklin Pierce Schools is looking at all field trips and events on a case-by-case basis. The Pierce County Health Department has not recommended that all events be cancelled. We encourage students and families to take standard precautions that you would normally take regarding illness prevention. We will notify families if the health department directs the district to cancel school events and activities as soon as possible.
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) expects school districts to make every effort possible to make-up any missed days lost due to the Coronavirus. If a school closure is recommended, OSPI will allow districts to waive missed days that would need to be made up after June 19, 2020.
If the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department advises us to close schools, we will not offer remote learning options.
Remote learning is not an equitable option because:
- Franklin Pierce Schools serves a diverse community with varied access to technology. We cannot ensure all students have access to digital devices and the internet at home.
- Many of our families work. When schools are closed, we cannot ensure all students have an adult at home to support their learning.
- We have not provided all of our principals and teachers the proper professional development needed to lead and execute remote learning.
Franklin Pierce Schools staff have adjusted cleaning procedures to prioritize sanitizing common touchpoints. Hard surfaces and frequently touched areas such as stair rails and doorknobs are wiped down with a disinfectant solution multiple times a day. Cafeteria surfaces are disinfected before and after each lunch. Buses are wiped down with disinfectant wipes.
In addition, here is a list of areas our school custodians clean daily:
- All door knobs
- All stair handrails
- All elevator doors/buttons
- All light switches
- All drinking fountains
- All crash bars on doors
- All sink faucets
- All urinal/toilet handles
- All dispensers`
Cleaning practices are developed under the guidelines of the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department.