SOMERSET, NJ - Franklin Township Public School officials announced on its website a change in routine for meal distribution to students that receive free/reduced breakfast and lunch in the district.
Superintendent of Schools, Dr. John Ravally detailed the change in the following letter dated March 23:
I hope you and your family members are doing well and staying safe during these challenging times. We, as a district, continue to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak both locally and globally and are following the direction of all national, state and local public health authorities.
As you are aware, we are operating via Remote Learning Days. Students have been working on activities found in their Learning Modules. By now students should be completing day #3, working toward completing all appropriate Learning Modules by Friday, April 3, 2020.
There will be no instruction during the Spring Break, Monday, April 6th through and including Monday, April 13th. If schools are not able to open by Tuesday, April 14th we will begin the next cycle of Learning Modules at that time. We will be providing further instructions on the release of the next cycle of Learning Modules in the weeks to come. For now please remain focused on completing the current Learning Modules.
Due to Governor Murphy’s “Stay at Home” order, we have had to further reduce operations and have made some changes to our food service plans. As for food service, we are now serving meals to those eligible in bulk, as multiple-day “Breakfast/Lunch Go Packs”. These continue to be served at the previously announced distribution sites but will now be served on Monday and Thursdays. During the week following Spring Recess, distribution will take place on Tuesday, April 14th and Thursday April 16th.
For those who find it difficult to visit a distribution site, we will also be distributing the Breakfast/Lunch Go Packs at 30 bus stops located throughout the district. This additional distribution will also occur on Mondays and Thursdays, beginning on March 26. During the initial run you should be at the bus stop closest to you by 9:15am and remain there until the bus arrives which could be anytime between 9:15am and 10:30am. As routes are established, the bus should arrive at a given stop within 10 -15 minutes of the time that it arrived on that first day. To determine which bus stop is closest to your home, please click on the “Free Meal Information” link on the Remote Learning Day page of the district website or call our transportation office at 732-828-6620 between the hours of 8:00am – 12:00 pm on distribution days.
In addition, we will no longer have office staff in our school buildings. Our Principals and school staff will be monitoring messages left at the school and will respond to any questions you may have. We will no longer be able to easily print Learning Module Activities. However, this past weekend we were able to distribute over 630 Chromebooks to families in need in order to help them stay connected. If you have any concerns, please reach out to your child’s Principal.
For those who need technology support, you can contact our Helpdesk or reach the Instructional Technology Team via our websites. I realize these times bring about unique challenges for all of us. Franklin has a strong and supportive learning community, which is why I know whatever lies ahead of us in the coming weeks will not be an obstacle to making sure our families are well cared for and in a position to weather this storm. Thanks for your continued support.
John A. Ravvally, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools