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Franklin Academy Update FAQ from The Head of School

Gretchen Bucsko May 12, 2020

Dear Franklin Academy,

I have had many of you reach out to me these last couple of weeks. Below are some frequently asked questions. I am hopeful that they will be helpful to your family as well.

When will be the last day of school? 

The last day of school will be Friday, June 12th. We will host “drive through” events on June 15th and 16th to deliver report cards, collect school issued computers, library books, etc. We are also hopeful to have some sort of end of the year treat/celebration for students (depending on restrictions at this time). However, if you don’t feel comfortable receiving items this way we will have alternatives available. Please stay posted for more information as the date gets closer.

How many more weeks do we have? 

  1. Next week: May 11th-15th
  2. The following week: May 18th-22nd
  3. Memorial Day week (May 28th and 29th only. See explanation below)
  4. June 1st-5th
  5. Last week of school- June 8th-12th

We can do this! Hang in there parents!

We missed Spring Break and the May 1st Teacher Professional Development Day, are there any other changes to our calendar? 

Yes, because we need some time to train teachers and reformat our report cards/ grading systems, teachers will not be sending home assignments or hosting any Zoom sessions on MAY 26th and 27th. This will be in addition to our Memorial Day Closure on May 25th.

What do I do with my child’s old uniforms?

If you have old St. Paul’s uniforms, we will have collection boxes outside of the main entrance at Markell Hall starting May 18th. These will be donated to a missionary team in Honduras. Please wash, fold and place in a plastic bag. Tops/sweaters/jackets only! We can reuse khaki bottoms next year.

If you have Franklin Academy uniforms that are still in good shape, we will be collecting securely bagged items on June 15th and 16th. These will go to the used uniform closet (after laundering and proper precautions).

Are we able to start in person in September?

This is the big one we have all been waiting to know! The good news is that we are included in Phase 4 of Governor Inslee’s plan. If each phase of his plan goes the minimum amount of time (3 weeks) we will be able to start. However, Governor Inslee also cautioned that he may extend each phase of the plan based on the number of new cases. Even with this disclaimer we are very optimistic and are doing everything in our power to open on time and in person.

Please know that as more information becomes available, I will reach out to you. Thank you!

Take Care,

Gretchen Bucsko
Head of School

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