Dear FSSD Community,

Today Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced the recommended closure of all schools through the end of the school year.  While we understand this is a necessary step to ensure we avoid exposure of children and adults to the coronavirus, we also understand that this decision is disappointing for many. We know you are working as hard as you can to help your children continue their learning with the review packets we provided over the past few weeks.

Your teachers and principals are working hard to provide you with the resources that you and your children need to learn from home. As the closure has extended, teachers are offering more and more opportunities to connect with students. As our teachers explore the various FSSD-approved online resources and innovative ways to remain connected, they will notify you of those options. We hope you will reach out to your children’s teachers whenever you, or your child, have a question about the learning packet or want to communicate other needs. We are here to support you and your family regardless of the distance between us.

Free WiFi Hot Spots
We know that internet access is not universal, so we want to share the City of Franklin’s free Wi-Fi hot spots, which provides families with free internet access. The service is available at:

  • Downtown Franklin – two-block area around the Square
  • Harlinsdale Farm
  • Eastern Flank Battlefield Park

Physical distancing should still be maintained while using this service in these designated areas.

Free Meal Program Continues
We will continue to provide a bi-weekly drive-through meal program at Liberty Elementary and Poplar Grove on Mondays and Thursdays from 11:00-12:30. We will also continue the Monday and Thursday delivery of meals to the selected bus stops (see flyer attached). On these days, families will be provided with multiple meals to bridge the hunger gap.

We will continue to send frequent updates with information and resources via email, our website, and social media channels. We remain grateful for your patience and know that we will get through this together. We strongly encourage you to reach out via email or phone to your child’s teacher, counselor, principal, or district office if you need help. We are checking messages daily and we stand ready to serve.

Together, we are #fssdstrong.

Sincerely,

Dr. David Snowden
Director of Schools
Franklin Special School District