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School District Hopes To Offer Free COVID-19 Testing For District Staff, Families

School District Hopes To Offer Free COVID-19 Testing For District Staff, Families

Free coronavirus testing for school district staff, students and their families is in the planning stages, and could be offered by the end of the month. That was one of the nuggets of information provided by schools Superintendent John Ravally August 4 during a teleconference “Town Hall” held to answer questions about the re-opening of […]

10 Percent Of Township Students Opt Out Of In-Person Learning, So Far

10 Percent Of Township Students Opt Out Of In-Person Learning, So Far

On the eve of a virtual town hall meeting to discuss the school district’s reopening plan, nearly 10 percent of the township’s student population will start the school year learning at home. District spokeswoman Mary Clark said that as of the afternoon of Aug. 3, the district was notified that 666 students would opt for […]

Eight Candidates File For Three Board Of Education Seats

Eight Candidates File For Three Board Of Education Seats

Eight township residents are vying for three available three-year seats on the Board of Education. That group includes all three incumbents, Michelle Shelton, Nisihita Desai and Michael T. Smith, who are running as a slate. The incumbents are running for their second terms. The challengers who filed, and who are running individually, are: William Grippo […]

FHS Athletes Face Stringent Requirements In Summer Workouts

FHS Athletes Face Stringent Requirements In Summer Workouts

Things are going to be different when Franklin High School athletes hit the fields for training later this month. For one, there will be no hugs, no high-fives, no fist-bumps, no contact of any kind, for that matter. “(W)orkouts shall be limited to conditioning, skill sets, and sport-specific non-contact drills,” according to the high school’s […]

School District Leadership Team: Black Lives Matter

School District Leadership Team: Black Lives Matter

The color of a person’s skin “should not dictate how one is treated by law enforcement, educators, and society in general,” the school district’s leadership team said in a June 4 open letter to the township. “We take this opportunity to reaffirm to all of our community members, especially our young ones, that we as […]

Governor’s OK For Modified Graduation Brings Changes To FHS Plans

Governor’s OK For Modified Graduation Brings Changes To FHS Plans

School officials are making changes to what the Franklin High School Class of 2020 graduation will look like in the wake of Gov. Phil Murphy’s approval of modified in-person celebrations. What was originally scheduled for two weeks in June – namely, a drive-through, socially distanced ceremony – will now be held the week of July […]

FHS Class Of 2020 Modified Graduation To Include Virtual Reality Program, Visits To Campus

FHS Class Of 2020 Modified Graduation To Include Virtual Reality Program, Visits To Campus

The Franklin High School Class of 2020’s graduation will be much different than in years’ past, and will include a short visit to the campus and a virtual reality presentation by an alum. Details of what the graduation observance will be were included in a letter to parents and students from FHS principal Frank Chmiel. […]

School District Planning For Reopening, But ‘Will Be Ready’ If Schools Remain Closed In September

School District Planning For Reopening, But ‘Will Be Ready’ If Schools Remain Closed In September

School officials are planning how buildings will reopen come September, and are making contingency plans if they don’t. Schools Superintendent John Ravally is working with other Somerset County superintendents and the Somerset County Executive Superintendent of Schools to devise a plan, a district spokeswoman said. Gov. Phil Murphy ordered all school buildings closed on March […]

FHS Class Of 2020: Graduation Will Be Virtual, Still Hope For Prom

FHS Class Of 2020: Graduation Will Be Virtual, Still Hope For Prom

Franklin High School’s graduation ceremony will be part virtual, part in-person, Project Graduation is cancelled, but there is hope for the senior prom. Those are a few of the elements of the end of the school year observances for the FHS Warrior Class of 2020 in the Age of Corona. Students won’t return to school […]

School District Continues To Prepare For Potential Coronavirus Shutdown

School District Continues To Prepare For Potential Coronavirus Shutdown

The school district is taking more steps to prepare for potential shutdowns due to the coronavirus. Schools Superintendent John Ravally said in a March 11 letter that the district is holding on to five reserved days used for emergencies, and which normally would be released around the spring recess. The district is also conducting an […]

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