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FCS Announces Hybrid Model Approach for Secondary Schools

Franklin Community Schools will open the 2020-2021 school year using a blended model approach.  The elementary schools (K -6) will return to school five days a week.  FCHS and FCMS will use a hybrid learning model. This will allow for smaller class sizes and the opportunity to maximize social distancing, while still providing in-person instruction to students each week. 

“Over the past several weeks, FCS has examined several strategies to ensure smaller class sizes, ways to maximize social distancing, and to provide the safest environment possible for student, faculty, and staff,” Dr. David Clendening, Superintendent said. “After reviewing all available information, I believe that this blended approach to learning meets the district’s goals for re-entry.”

Students will be divided into two groups based on their last name.  Students with last names beginning A-K will attend school on Monday and Tuesday, followed by virtual learning Wednesday through Friday.  Students with last names beginning L-Z will attend school on Thursday and Friday, preceded by virtual learning Monday through Wednesday.  The schools will utilize Wednesdays for deep cleaning between groups of students.  

Any student who is sick or quarantined will be able to continue attending virtually without falling behind classmates. This model also helps alleviate concerns stemming from high traffic areas such as hallways, the cafeteria, and school buses.    

“This approach allows for an easy transition if conditions change,” FCHS Principal Steve Ahaus said. “If the situation worsens, students are already in the habit of virtual learning, and if the situation improves, it will be an easy transition to add in-person learning days back to the schedule.” 

Detailed information will be provided to parents and students.  However, one difference in the schools’ schedule is the length of time in each class. The middle school will continue to offer seven 45-55 minute classes each day while minimizing transitions and contact between students during passing periods. The high school will operate on a block schedule on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and will participate in all 7 courses virtually each Wednesday. 

Students will still have the option of full-time virtual learning following the district’s initial virtual learning plan and will have the opportunity to re-evaluate at the end of the semester.