Franklin School of Innovation Opening Plans

The District 60 Board of Education has approved these Re-Entry plans: These are the most current models for the start of school this Fall 2020. All plans must meet state and local mandates specific to COVID -19 operations. These plans are subject to change based on the most current rules and regulations. Depending on orders and guidelines, D60 may utilize more than one plan based on the grade level and school enrollment size 

If you wish to view the full District 60 Return to School Plan please refer to the District 60 Website 


K- 5 students will begin school as traditionally as possible adhering to recommended health and safety guidelines. Classes will be held Mon-Thurs. at normal scheduled times: 7:45- 3:05. 

● Health screenings of students, temperature checks, wearing of masks are expected, as required by State Mandate, social distancing in the school and classrooms, contact tracing and use of PPE. 

● Students will line up and enter the classroom through the classroom exterior door for health screening between 7:35am-7:45am .

  • Students arriving after 7:45 must enter through the front office for health screening. 

●Instruction will continue to occur in cohort (grade level classroom) groups as much as possible. There will be no large group or cross cohort (grade level) interactions. 

● All students will be issued a device to be used at school and/or at home for learning. 

● Classrooms will have adequate supplies to support healthy hygiene behavior, including soap, paper towels, and hand sanitizer, etc. 

● Signs will be posted on how to stop the spread of COVID-19, properly wash hands, promote everyday protective measures, and properly wear a required face covering. 

● Everyone is asked to implement physical distancing of 3 to 6 feet at all times and to the greatest degree, wherever and whenever possible. 

● Frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned, sanitized, and disinfected multiple times per day. 

● When shared objects are required, they will be cleaned between use. 

● Education tools will be disinfected and sanitized regularly. 

● Adequate supplies will be provided and ensured to minimize sharing of high-touch materials. 

● Each child’s belongings will be kept separately in individually labeled storage containers, cubbies, or taken home to be cleaned each day. 

● Hallways will be divided to accommodate flow of traffic on each side of the hallway. 

● Everyone is required to wear facial coverings in classrooms, hallways, entering and exiting the building. 

● Breakfast and lunch options will be provided. Students will eat outdoors, weather permitting, or socially distanced in the cafeteria. 

● Students will attend lunch in grade-level cohorts. 

● While students will be allowed to bring their lunch, all social events such as parties, large gatherings, and any social events are suspended. Therefore, no outside food for such events will be allowed in the building. 

● Cafeteria tables will be cleaned and sanitized between lunch periods. 

● Lunch tables will be arranged to encourage social distancing. 

● Recess will take place outside as weather permits. Playground equipment may be used by small cohorts of students as long as they wash their hands upon returning to school. Recess may also be used as a mask break as long as students are socially distanced. All equipment will be sanitized after use. 

● Students will be required to wear masks whenever and wherever possible. All facial coverings must be appropriate for the school environment with no graphics or verbiage violating school and district dress code policy. 

All Franklin Families are required to wear a mask before and after school while on school property. 

● All visitors and volunteers at the building are suspended at this time. Parents dropping off and picking up students are required to wear a mask and utilize the intercom system at our front door to request assistance. 


*Families may choose Full Remote Learning for the semester if they wish. Please contact the district if this your family choice by Friday, August 7th. This is a semester commitment for students.


Due to increased wide-spread transmission of COVID-19 in the local community or school, D60 may transition into a full remote learning model. 

● District Online Program will utilize District Adopted Curriculum through Google Classroom and Nearpod as the instructional platforms to carry out remote learning. 

● Distance learning will be facilitated by a licensed D60 teacher and will be a teacher of Franklin in most cases.

● All students will be provided a device for remote learning. 

● Meals will be provided through D60 Nutrition Services (details pending) 

● Students with Special Services will be provided access for in-person learning in small groups as needed. 


Spirit Days 
We have Spirit Days every Thursday where we ask students to wear their Franklin t-shirt of school colors of green and gold.  We pride ourselves in being a Bobcat!  Please encourage your scholar to join in the fun!

School Uniform and Supply List information: 
Franklin School of Innovation does not have a school-wide uniform policy; however, students are required to follow the District Code of Conduct for dress code. Additional information on dress code can be found in the Franklin Elementary Parent/Student Handbook. 

If your family needs assistance with obtaining school supplies or clothing due to financial constraints, you may contact the school beginning August 1st.

Internet Options for Families

posted Oct 28, 2020, 12:55 PM by Dana Ditomaso-junkman

  • Comcast / Xfinity - Comcast offers their Internet Essentials Plan for $9.95 a month which includes Access to their WiFi hotspots throughout town. No credit check and no contract. Visit to apply.

  • Comcast has published a map of “hotspots” (Comcast account MAY BE REQUIRED to use) where students and families can attach to available Wifi. There are many locations around Pueblo that may be easy for students to connect to. Check the following website and search by zip code to locate locations near you.

  • Secom (local company) was offering Special Discounted Pricing on services such as Wireless and Fiber for 90 days. Families would need to reach out to see if they are in the service area and what special pricing still applies by visiting visit, or via email, or call 719.383.1349.

  • CenturyLink - CenturyLink provides Internet but does not have any current specials that we are aware of. To inquire further, visit:

  • Cellphone Carrier - We recommend families reach out to their cell phone provider to see what options exist to enable HotSpot service on their plans.

Importance of Early Literacy at Franklin!

posted Oct 15, 2020, 8:42 AM by Dana Ditomaso-junkman

The ability to read is perhaps the most important skill we can teach in school.

The READ Act creates a system to identify students experiencing challenges with reading, to engage parents in the development of reading improvement plans and to provide quality support for those most at risk.

Please look at the READ Act on the Colorado Department of Education website.

Safety for Drop-Off and Pick up

posted Oct 15, 2020, 8:38 AM by Dana Ditomaso-junkman

PLEASE RESPECT AND FOLLOW THE DROP OFF AND PICK UP GUIDELINES: Do use the drop-off and pick-up zones. Do legally park before allowing children to get in or out of vehicles. Do use the crosswalks to cross the street. Do report unsafe or suspicious activity. Please do NOT block crosswalks, park in the bus zone, speed, or make U-Turns.

District 60 Grading Practices

posted Oct 12, 2020, 11:24 AM by Dana Ditomaso-junkman

Pueblo District 60 

Grading and Participation K-12 Guidelines for Families - 2020-21 School Year

Although the instructional delivery model has been adjusted to meet the COVID-19 health and safety guidelines required during the 2020-21 school year, D60 Board policy IKA Grading/Assessment Systems procedures remain in place. 

It is important to acknowledge that synchronous and asynchronous online learning is new for the majority of D60 K-12 students.  Therefore, consistent with the beliefs outlined in Policy IKA, whether the instructional delivery model is online or in person, the following grading guidelines will be in place for the 2020-21 school year:

  • Students are expected to engage in learning and complete tasks and assignments in a timely manner.   Students should promptly communicate with their teachers when there is an issue or delay in completing an assignment.

  • During online instruction, students should respond to teacher prompts, ask questions, and share ideas and thoughts just as they would in a regular classroom.  

  • During a lesson, students should reach out to their teacher with questions or when they are uncertain or unclear about an assignment. 

  • Assignments and tasks assigned by the teacher reflect what a student knows and is able to do.  Parents/ Guardians  should refrain from “solving” or completing assignments on behalf of their students.  Instead, they should allow students to first attempt assignments independently.  This will help the teacher to understand the strengths and challenges in learning for each student and to adjust instruction accordingly.

  • Teachers will grade assignments and assessments in a timely and consistent manner and the records of individual students shall be kept in a form meaningful and easily accessible to students, parents/guardians as well as the teacher.

  • Students will receive feedback on classroom assignments, writing drafts, homework, and/or other academic practice opportunities in order to build their capacity and understanding prior to formal assessments of learning.

  • Every attempt will be made to provide students with the opportunity to make up work due to absence, technology related difficulties, and internet connectivity issues.  Within reason, this may include extending due dates and/or assignment modifications in response to a situation for an individual student.

  • Reasonable extra support will be available upon request for any student who is struggling with synchronous and/or asynchronous learning lessons. Students should contact their teacher.

  • Proactive Intervention and extra support will be provided to students in danger of failing any course in advance; this may include opportunities to retake assessments and resubmit assignments, papers, and projects in order to demonstrate mastery of content and standards prior to final report card grades being submitted.

  • All RtI and READ Plans, IEP and 504 goals and accommodations as well as Gifted and Talented ALP and CLDE goals and modifications will be implemented in accordance with their plan to the extent possible.

Students succeed academically when they receive the collaborative support of their parent/ guardian, and teacher.  During this challenging time, we can help our students to achieve success by working together to implement these guidelines and procedures.  Thank you for supporting your student!

At Home Routines and Procedures

posted Aug 28, 2020, 12:44 PM by Dana Ditomaso-junkman

At Home Routines & Procedures

Hand Washing/ Sanitizing

  • Have students wash/ sanitize their hands immediately when arriving home from school


  • Students should remove their mask immediately upon arriving home from school.

  • Use warm water and soap to thoroughly wash and rinse the mask and hang it to dry.

  • Once dry, place the mask on your student’s backpack/ bag so it is ready to go for the next day.

Water Bottle

  • Write your student’s name on the outside of the water bottle in permanent ink

  • Wash water bottles daily when student arrives home from school

  • Prior to leaving for school, fill the bottle with water and place it with your student’s backpack/ bag so it is ready to go.

Online learning at home

  • Identify a designated space for your student to complete work at home.  This should be a quiet space that is free of distractions to the extent possible.

  • Include supplies such as a paper, pencil, pen, scissors, etc.  

  • If the student’s space cannot be permanent, place materials in a basket/ box that can be easily moved to the designated location.

Technology Device

  • Student should plug their device in and leave it plugged in overnight so that it is charged

  • Place the device in your student’s backpack/ bag in the morning prior to leaving for school.

  • Students should leave their device’s cord/ charger at home.  

In Person Learning Schedule

posted Aug 28, 2020, 12:06 PM by Dana Ditomaso-junkman

Daily Schedule Grades K-5

Teacher and Student Typical Schedules

Grades K-5    

  • Doors Open @ 7:30

  • Please enter through your classroom door.

  • If your student is late, he/she must come to the front doors of Franklin.

  • 7:45 am - 3:05pm Monday -Thursday

  • We will release 5th graders at 3:03 to assist with social distancing

  • We will release 4th graders at 3:04 to assist with social distancing 

  • We will release K-3 graders at 3:05 to assist with social distancing 

Distance Learning Schedule

posted Aug 28, 2020, 11:58 AM by Dana Ditomaso-junkman

Distance Learning Plan Schedule Grades K-5

Teacher and Student Typical Schedules

Grades K-2    

  • 7:45am - 8:25am Plan Time-Online Teachers

  • 8:30am - 12:00am  Synchronous literacy and math lessons (Wonders and Engage curriculum)

  • 12:00-12:30 Lunch

  • 12:30pm - 3:15pm

    • Asynchronous lessons (literacy and math independent practice, science, social studies, specials options)

    • Reading intervention, ESS, and CLDE small group instruction 

    • Teacher outreach to parents and students

  • 3:15 - 3:45 PLC-Grade level 

Grades 3-5

  • 7:45am - 8:25am Plan Time-Online Teachers

  • 8:30am - 11:15am 

    • Asynchronous lessons (literacy and math independent practice, science, social studies, specials options)

    • Reading intervention, ESS, and CLDE small group instruction

    • Teacher outreach to parents and students

  • 11:15am - 11:45am Lunch

  • 11:45am - 3:15pm Synchronous literacy and math lessons (Wonders and Engage curriculum)


  • 3:15 - 3:45  PLC Grade level

Community Resources

posted Mar 31, 2020, 8:28 AM by Dana Ditomaso-junkman   [ updated Aug 28, 2020, 12:55 PM ]

Other information
Xcel is on a no disconnection of services until further notice
AT&T, Sprint, T-Moblie and Comcast will not be suspending service. 
General Food or Cash Assistance Questions call 1-800-536-5298

There are several hotspots open in Pueblo for free internet services.  Please open your Wifi and look for xfinitywifi-You should be able to log in! 

Comcast is offering low cost internet for low income families for 60 days. (For more information you can call 1-855-846-8376 or go to: 

Spectrum is another company that is

offering free internet access by calling 1-844-488-8395.

Recent Closure due to COVID-19

posted Mar 17, 2020, 9:01 AM by Dana Ditomaso-junkman

Dear Families of our Bobcat Scholars,

This is a very difficult time in our nation, but it is a very difficult time for our youngest citizens which include your children. Your children mean the world to us at Franklin School of Innovation.  We have created Google Classrooms for your child to be able to be able too communicate with their teacher.  Please use the teacher's email under the Classroom Teacher and Staff tab to be able to communicate with each teacher.  Your child's teacher has also created a Class DOJO or Remind account to communicate as well.  If you cannot locate these, please email me at   

Please call me at 719-595-4039 if you have any questions or need help in communicating with teachers.  

Stay well and please have your children work virtually to keep in contact with their teachers and classmates. 


posted Oct 30, 2013, 9:22 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Oct 15, 2020, 8:37 AM by Dana Ditomaso-junkman ]

PLEASE RESPECT AND FOLLOW THE DROP OFF AND PICK UP GUIDELINES: Do use the drop-off and pick-up zones. Do legally park before allowing children to get in or out of vehicles. Do use the crosswalks to cross the street. Do report unsafe or suspicious activity. Please do NOT block crosswalks, park in the bus zone, speed, or make U-Turns.

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