FCS Changes Gears, Decides to Close School Aug. 21 for Eclipse
After further consideration – including additional consultations with a number of other school districts, discussions with the manufacturers of “eclipse viewing glasses” and conversations with the school district attorney, the Franklin County Schools has decided to cancel school on Monday, Aug. 21 due to the solar eclipse that is expected that afternoon.

“While our original goal was to take advantage of the eclipse as a learning opportunity, we’ve come to realize the extent of this event and its potential impact on our students, specifically from a safety perspective” said Supt. Mark Kopp. “This is much more than just a two- or three-minute event – it is expected to last several hours. Even our delayed dismissal would take place during a period of more than 80% coverage. Of course, this would naturally be enticing to both children and adults, yet there is no way the district can ensure the safety of every child, especially once they leave campus.”

The eclipse is expected to begin around 1 p.m. and end around 4 p.m., peaking with nearly full coverage of the sun at approximately 2:30 p.m., which is the regular dismissal time for Franklin County Elementary Schools.

The decision is based in part on the following safety and practical concerns:

• Several manufacturers of the protective safety glasses already purchased have refused to certify the safety of their products. Of course, this is a huge safety concern.
• Because the eclipse will extend beyond our school dismissal times, there is no practical way for our bus drivers and monitors to ensure that children will not look at the sun, whether they have protective glasses or not. The same is true of students who walk home from school.
• There is no way to ensure that children will not remove their glasses at some point – even for an instant.
• The glasses received to date are so dark that it is nearly impossible to walk while wearing them. They will be especially difficult to keep them on small children, and teachers will not be able to adequately supervise the children.
• We are not able to cover all classes with the number of substitute teachers requested as of today.

• We expect a large number of students to be absent from school on Aug. 21, either because parent keep them home or because parents take them to view the eclipse in other parts of the state or country. In addition, given our inability to certify the safety of the glasses, we expect that a large number of parents would ask that their children not participate in outdoor viewing activities.

Several of the schools and/or their parent-teacher organizations have purchased “eclipse-safe” glasses for each student. Parents may pick up a free pair of glasses for their child at their school as long as supplies last, but FCS does not assume responsibility for their complete protection.

The district had previously announced plans to hold school all day and to delay dismissal by 15 to 20 minutes to allow students to view the eclipse as part of their instruction. However, the district will instead use an inclement weather day already provided for in the school calendar.

Please note the following additional items:

• Cancellation of school on August 21 will result in a makeup day on Friday, Oct. 27.
• The make up for the District Staff Day (originally planned for Oct. 27) will be announced at a later date based on future weather cancellations, etc.
• After School Programs will be closed on August 21.
• There will be no athletic practices during the day on Aug. 21.
• Sporting events and athletic competitions can resume after 4:00 p.m. on Aug. 21.
 
BMS Minority Representative Nominations
Bondurant Middle School is now accepting nominations for Minority Member Representation on the 2017-2018 SBDM Council, nominations must be submitted in writing to Bondurant Middle School by August 25th.  
BMS Chromebook Parent Meetings Scheduled
Parent meetings are planned to provide information about the Districtwide One to World Chromebook Program, outline Bondurant expectations, and allow parents/guardians to complete the necessary paperwork/pay the $25 fee.

Each night will cycle three times as scheduled below. If parents/guardians are not able to attend during the assigned time, please feel free to attend a different meeting time.

August 22th - 8th grade and August 24th - 7th grade
5:30 Students with the last names A - I
6:00 Students with the last name J - R
6:30 Students with the name S - Z

After attending the parent meeting and completing the paperwork/fees, the student will receive a Chromebook the next day in his/her first period class.
 
Student Council

7th and 8th graders interested in Student Council will meet after school on Tuesday the 22nd until 4:30. If you are unable to attend this meeting but are still interested, see Mrs. Haming (Ms. Moreland) for information.  

Beta
7th and 8th grade students that were invited to join Beta, your permission slip and money is due to Mrs. Thompson by Friday, August 25th.  
KYA
There will be a meeting for delegates that participated in KYA last year on Wednesday, August 23rd after school until 4:30.  
School/Sports Physicals at the School Health Readiness Fair
Check out the attached flyer for the School Health Readiness Fair on August 24th and 26th at the Frankin County Health Deparment.  Click "Read More" to view flyer. 
Cross Country
Dear Parents, Cross Country is about to start and we are getting everything ready for a great season! If you are interested in your child participating, please contact Coach Linda Word at [email protected] or text her at (502)219-7513 to have your child added to the roster. We will start practices on Monday, July 31st and they will take place at the State Library and Archives (please meet in the parking lot behind the Archives building). Athletes should plan on attending all Wednesday practices and at least 2 other practices every week. Our practice schedule will be as follows: Mondays @ 5:30-6:30 Wednesday @ 5:30-6:30 Tuesday @ 4:30-5:30 Thursday @ 6:30-7:30 Athletes must bring to the first practice * a completed sports physical * money for a uniform * completed intake form (contact Coach Word and she will e-mail you a copy) Uniforms: $23 tanks (girls & boys), $17 shorts (girls & boys), $20 spandex shorts (girls) Archives meets - All athletes will be entered automatically in the All Comers meets. The meets will be held every Wednesday at the Capitol Archives between Aug 23 - Sept 27 5:30pm - 8th Grade and under boys 5:40pm - 8th Grade and under girls 5:55pm - 4th Grade and under boys 6:10pm - 4th Grade and under girls

6:20pm - High School girls and boys combined Saturday Meets The following is a tentative list of Saturday meets we plan on attending. This meets may be subject to change but the dates should stay the same: 9/2 - Shelby Co. Invitational 9/16 - Franklin County Invitational 9/23 - Titan Cross Country Classic 9/30 - Capital View Classic (FYI same day as KY History Half Marathon) 10/7 - Lexington Catholic Invitational or Tates Creek Invitational 10/21 - KTCCCA Meet of Champions Athletes WILL NOT be entered in ANY Saturday away meets unless they notify the coach they will be attending. Thank you so much and we look forward to seeing you on the 31st! Coach Word  

Supply Lists for Next Year
Attached are copies of the supply lists for next year.  School will be starting before you know it! 
Library Books
Bondurant library books can be turned in or paid for at the front office throughout the summer. 
BMS Wins 7th Grade Battle of the Books
Congratulations to the Bondurant 7th Grade Battle of the Books team who conquered Elkhorn Middle in an excellent battle today! It was obvious that they did some serious reading to prepare for this competition. Way to make Bondurant proud.  
BMS Wins 6th Grade Battle of the Books
Congratulation to the Bondurant 6th Grade Battle of the Books team who conquered Elkhorn Middle in a very close battle today. (Left to right: Zara VanHoose, Emily Rudic, Ava Goins, Raine Hankins, Mason Wooldridge and Aathman Bhavaraju).
 
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