COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions


  • In-Person learning occurs when students choose to attend their zoned school each weekday and are assigned classroom and subject area teachers with face to face instruction. This decision must be made for the entirety of each semester.
  • Virtual learning is the selection of a semester of learning at home primarily using online resources and taught by a certified FSSD teacher assigned to a group of virtual learners. The FSSD Virtual Learning Program is a fully accredited alternative to in-person attendance for kindergarten through eighth-grade students. Courses will mirror the content/courses being taught at the school sites.
  • Remote learning happens when a student, class or school must transition to an off-campus environment, such as their home, while learning continues using primarily online resources until school reopens or the student has been cleared to return.

Return to Learn 2020 - FAQs:  Special Populations

Dear Parent/Guardian,

On behalf of Franklin Special School District, we want to express our deep commitment to the well-being and safety of you and your family during this ongoing pandemic. FSSD is working diligently to provide continuity of learning for your child during the start of the 2020-21 school year. When normal school resumes, FSSD will conduct a review of educational impact of these unique circumstances and determine appropriate next steps to address your child’s needs.

We know many of may have questions about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on your child’s education, including the supports and services provided through your child’s Individual Education Program (IEP or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504) Plan. We are working to provide answers considering the fluidity of the situation.

For  parents of students with disabilities opting for virtual learning, we will be developing a  Contingency Plan. The Contingency plan will identify how FSSD intends to implement the services and supports outlined in your child’s IEP or Section 504 Plan during virtual learning. FSSD may utilize a combination of remote learning systems and student instructional packets.  We will also work to provide virtual related services, computer-based academic interventions, and learning supports to the extent possible, given the circumstances.

Thank you again for your consistent support of your child’s education. We look forward to continuing our partnership as we work to ensure that all students have access to instruction. If you have questions regarding the services for your child, please contact the building principal or the Special Populations Supervisor at

You may also wish to consult the guidance of the U.S .Department of Education and the TN Department of Education.


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