If we now have to sit at designated “family tables” when we visit our child at lunch, can we go back to bringing food in? Half the fun of visiting your child at school is bringing food in. We can’t seem to bring food for any other event at school .. can we go back to allowing it at lunch if we visit?
There are several factors that play a role in the district’s decision to not allow outside food at lunch. They include allergies, space and overall consistency.
Before this decision was put into effect, principals indicated the increase in food deliveries was becoming a distraction. Some schools were experiencing more than 30 fast food deliveries each day.
In addition, Williamson County Schools standard protocol is that no outside restaurant food items are allowed in the school cafeteria. The school administrator may designate an area outside of the cafeteria for this purpose. Due to the large number of outside food deliveries occurring at lunch, some schools did not have table space for visitors.
Last year, administrators worked together to create a Student Handbook with consistent language so that all schools are following the same guidelines. The handbook states that family members who wish to join their child for lunch should plan to purchase a school lunch or bring a sack lunch from home.
Where can I find the lead levels for our school’s drinking fountains?
In April, the Tennessee Legislature passed a bill (SB619/HB631) that requires each Board of Education to develop a policy to implement a program to reduce the potential sources of lead contamination in drinking water in public schools. The Governor signed the bill into law in May. The law requires testing every other year beginning in 2019. It also requires testing in all schools that were constructed prior to January 1, 1998. Testing in schools constructed after that date is not required by the law.
The law establishes a maximum level of 15 parts per billion of lead. If results are below that, no additional testing is required other than the testing that takes place every other year. Sample results above that level require certain notification and remediation actions to be taken. The Williamson County Board of Education is in the process of developing a policy that we will follow.
I’ve heard several rumors about the middle school to be built on the Henpeck property beside Oak View Elementary. Some say ground will not break on the school until the sewer line is run down Henpeck Lane. Others say construction will take place in conjunction with the sewer line being placed. There are also several rumors about the estimated completion date. What are the facts and timetable?
The City of Franklin is building sewer access in cooperation with WCS, sharing the cost. The district’s expense for the sewer access project has been funded by the Williamson County Commission. All other phases of the new school construction have not yet been funded, but we have started some early design planning. Our 5 year capital plan currently calls for opening the school with the 2020-2021 school year. Growth in the middle school grades in the area will be reviewed this year to confirm the need for this schedule. We plan to build the school concurrently with the City of Franklin sewer project rather than waiting for the sewer to be completed before we start design and construction.
The purpose of this section is to answer any questions parents, teachers or community members might have regarding the school district and to set the record straight in regards to any rumors that might be circulating.
If you have a question or have heard a rumor that you would like for us to address, simply EMAIL US your questions and we will respond to them in upcoming issues of InFocus.