As we reflect on the last few weeks, and the uncertainty that we still face, I am thankful for all of the hard work, dedication, new ideas, and innovation from all of our school and district staff as we face this new normal of distance learning together.

We are in nonstop forward motion. Although barriers will come, there is tons of pride for how everyone is stepping up to serve our students, their families, and our community. I have had the pleasure of talking with some of our school staff, and seeing our students engaging with their teachers. We are excited to begin our distance learning journey, as we re-engage and reconnect with our students.

I am hopeful that in this time of uncertainty, that we can provide stability for our students and their families, through continuing their learning and providing nutritious meals.

Today, our district began meal delivery along with site pick up. We served over 1,800 meals to our students. Our total meal distribution as of today, March 30, was 7,088.

Last Friday our school district gave out over 300-plus Chrome books to students to begin virtual distance learning. As of today, our device distribution count of chrome books was around 420.

After a late afternoon Florida Department of Education Conference Call, I learned that the closure for all Florida schools will be extended through May 1. Our school campuses may be closed, but our hearts are still open for our students, our families, our colleagues, and our community. As we embrace this new normal together, our partnerships with our families and our community are growing even stronger.

I am so encouraged by the resiliency and work being done by our school and district staff, along with our students and families, as we work together to navigate the learning curves. Please follow the district on Facebook, and our website at for the most accurate and up to date information. Our district also has an app that you can download in the Apple or Google Play stores for free: search Franklin County SD.

Thank you to our parents, guardians, and community stakeholders for your continued commitment to and support for educating our students to the best of our ability here in Franklin County. We may be a small county, but we are doing big things in education. I am extremely thankful and proud to serve alongside our school and district staff, with our school board!

It was a great first day back to school, connecting with our students and families.

Traci Yoder is superintendent of the Franklin County Schools