New Franklin R-I School District, in partnership with parents and community, will provide a positive and safe learning environment through which all students will achieve the knowledge, skills, and social/emotional behaviors to become creative, adaptable, and productive citizens committed to lifelong learning.

Upcoming Events


March 3-Preschool Screenings-Call 848-2112 to schedule an appointment.
March 4-Kindergarten Screenings-Call 848-2112 to schedule an appointment
March 4-Jr. High Scholar Bowl
March 8-CAC HS Scholar Bowl
March 11-End of 3rd Quarter
March 11-CMU Virtual Performance of Little Prince
March 11-Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:00 PM-7:00 PM
March 12-No School
March 14-Spring Forward--Daylight Savings Time
March 16-CAC Speech and Drama
March 16-Superintendent's Advisory Meeting
March 17-School Board Meeting at 6 PM in FACS room
March 18-NHS Induction at 6 PM in New Gym
March 18-ACT Cram
March 19-Summer School Pepe Assembly for Elem
March 23-A Honor Roll Lunch
March 24-Elem Spring Concert-PreK-2
March 25-Elem Spring Concert-3-5
March 26-Spring Pictures
March 26-MS/HS Spring Concert
March 26-Elem Birthday Club
March 30-ACT testing
March 30-Jostens meeting with Sophomores

See the sports calendar for HS sporting event changes.

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Current Job Openings: 

New Franklin R-1 Schools are looking for substitute teachers for the 2020-21 school year.  If interested,  please contact Beverly Parr in the District Office. or 660-848-2141.

Contact Eric Chaney, Transportation Director, at 660.848.2141 with any questions.

The New Franklin R-1 School District is an equal opportunity employer.


November 19, 2020

Updated:  December 8, 2020

As the DHSS (Department of Health and Senior Services) and DESE (Department of Elementary and Secondary Education) have gathered more data during this novel virus related to the rate of transmission and infection within the school setting a decision was made to modify the state guidance by Governor Parsons on November 12, 2020, related to identifying close contacts in the school setting.   If the person diagnosed with COVID-19 and the close contact were both wearing masks appropriately during the time of exposure in the school setting, the close contact person would not need to quarantine.  

The following are required mask guidelines supported by DHSS, DESE,  Howard County Public Health Department and was approve by the New Franklin School Board on November 18, 2020. 

  1. New Franklin R-1 will implement a mask mandate for all students PK thru 12th grade beginning Monday, November 23, 2020 throughout the school day unless eating lunch and/or engaged in strenuous physical activity. This includes all bus riders.

  2. If the 6 feet social distancing cannot be maintained during physical education classes than the close contacts without masks may be quarantined outside of school if there is an exposure during that time.

  3. Masks breaks will be provided throughout the day, district-wide. Students will be allowed to take off their masks for up to 5 minutes, as long as social distancing is still maintained. Masks will still be required during recess, but the students will be allowed to have a mask break before and after recess time. 

  4. All Staff members (all grade levels) are required to wear a mask at all times.  Exceptions are eating lunch or when working alone in an office or classroom.

  5. This means if appropriate masks were being worn correctly by both individuals during the time of exposure in the school setting, the individual who came in contact with the person with COVID-19 does not have to quarantine at home. Those exposed individuals should self-monitor for symptoms and stay home at the first sign they do not feel well.

  6. The person who tests positive for COVID-19 is still required to isolate. It is important to note that if either the person with COVID-19 or the person exposed to that positive case was not following the school’s mask mandate or was not wearing their mask appropriately during the time of exposure, the close contact should quarantine at home.

  7. Students and staff who are identified as close contacts due to COVID-19 exposure outside of school (home, close friends, work, etc.) will be required to quarantine and are not eligible for in seat learning for the quarantine period.

  8. Students and staff who are identified as close contacts due to COVID-19 school exposure, who display no signs/symptoms of COVID-19, will be provided the opportunity to continue in seat learning but are ineligible to participate in school activities.  

  9. Students and staff who are identified as close contacts due to exposure at school will be afforded the opportunity to quarantine if s/he chooses to do so.

  10. It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure their son/daughter has a properly fitting mask for school.  Should they need a mask, please ask their teacher or our school nurse.   The following masks will be allowed: disposable masks, cloth masks with breathable fabric, and neck gators made of 2 or more layers.   Masks should be made from tightly woven fabrics, such as cotton and cotton blends with 2 or 3 layers. Masks should fit snugly around the nose and chin with no large gaps around the sides of the face. Masks that are not allowed: knitted masks and masks with exhalation valves or vents. Neck gators with 1 layer of fabric should be doubled up or folded over to make 2 layers.

  11. The District will continue to provide communication to parents and guardians around all known positive COVID-19 cases and exposures in the District as applicable and with respect to privacy requirements.

  12. Parents and guardians are expected to closely monitor their students, especially if identified as close contacts, for any signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and immediately remove them from the learning environment.

  13. Health and safety precautions such as frequent hand washing, use of hand sanitizer, and staying home when not feeling well are prioritized and reinforced with students and staff.

Clarification for New Franklin School’s mask mandate and

Quarantine guidelines per state and county health guidelines:

  • In the state of Missouri, there has been an exception made to the quarantine guidelines to allow students to continue in-person learning activities, if exposed to a Covid-positive individual at school, as long as both parties were wearing their masks correctly at the time of exposure. 

  • This modified guidance does not authorize a close contact to participate in school-associated sports, extracurricular activities or any other activities outside of the school setting. Other than attending school, these close contacts should continue to quarantine outside of school. (updated on 11/19/20 by DHSS/DESE)

  • Per Missouri Department of Health and the CDC, only neck gators made of 2 or more layers of fabric are acceptable. If a student with a neck gator only made of one layer tests positive or is exposed to a positive individual, it would not qualify the exposed student for the quarantine exception and they would have to quarantine outside of school. 

  • 1 layer neck gators may be folded or doubled up to form 2 layers and then would qualify as an acceptable face covering. Our school has masks for students that may need them.

  • Masks breaks

    • Masks breaks will be provided throughout the day, district-wide. Students will be allowed to take off their masks for up to 5 minutes, as long as social distancing is still maintained. 

    • Masks will still be required during recess, but the students will be allowed to have a mask break before and after recess time. 

    • Masks will still be required during PE, unless students are engaged in strenuous activity. If social distancing is not maintained while students are unmasked, close contacts will have to quarantine outside of school if there is an exposure during that time. 

  • CDC has now added two alternatives to quarantining after an exposure to a Covid-positive individual. Quarantining for 14 days is still optimal, but it is recognized that this lengthy quarantine may be difficult for many people. The following changes have been approved by the State and Howard County Health Department: 

  • Someone who is considered a direct contact under quarantine but has no symptoms of disease can elect to take a PCR (not rapid antigen) SARS-CoV2 test after day 5. If the test is negative, then, as long as it is day 7 or later, the person no longer has to quarantine. However, they must continue to monitor themselves for symptoms through 14 days. 

  • If a direct contact is showing no symptoms on Day 10, then that person is no longer required to quarantine, but again must monitor for symptoms daily through day 14. 

  • In either scenario, if symptoms develop, that person must again self-isolate, because there is still a chance that a person can develop symptoms and become positive up to the 14th day after exposure. 

School Signage Campaign

Supporters of the New Franklin School District,

 In these unprecedented times, we are faced with the challenge of thinking outside of the box to continue to support our school, our community and our families.  The New Franklin School District Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) has been fortunate enough to have sufficient funding this year to provide the school with the much-needed necessities to help fight this pandemic.


The PTO understands many businesses and families have been impacted by Covid-19.  This year, the PTO has decided to replace our annual Pig Out for PTO live and silent auction with a community campaign.  This campaign will focus on raising funds for new school signage in the elementary circle drive, new signage above the middle and high school front entrance, and the replacement of our outdated electronic sign in which parts are no longer available.  This campaign will allow families and businesses to donate what they are able…every little bit adds up!  Our goal is to raise enough funds from community members, alumni, businesses, organizations, memorials, etc. to complete this project by summer 2021. Let’s leave 2020 in the dust and build something we’re proud of that will last a lifetime!


The electronic sign alone will likely cost upwards of $30,000 while the elementary and middle school/high school signage could cost upwards of $15,000.  The pictures below reflect our inspiration only and are NOT final designs.  Please note, the PTO is a 501(c)(3) organization, and all contributions are tax deductible.  All donors will be acknowledged during our 7th annual Pig Out for PTO Curbside Pickup & Delivery Dinner to be held on Saturday, October 17th from 5:00-7:00 pm in the New Franklin School circle drive.  Donors will also be recognized on the PTO’s Facebook page (New Franklin MO PTO) and during an official ribbon cutting upon the project’s completion. 

elem sign
MS HS Sign

If you are interested in making a donation (no matter how small or how big), please complete the  form.  We appreciate any and all support during this challenging year!



Nicole Davis        Brian Cordel       Travis Hundley                   Karen Boggs

PTO President    Superintendent   School Board President    Alumni President

A PDF version of this form available by clicking here.

New Franklin School Signage Campaign

Donation Form


DONOR NAME (for sponsorship recognition):______________________________________

  • Check this box if you wish to make a donation anonymously.


Donor Phone Number:  _________________________________________________________


Donor Email:  _________________________________________________________________


YES!  I would like to make a donation to the New Franklin School signage campaign.  Please make all checks payable to NFPTO.

  • Bulldog Strong…every little bit helps!  $________________
  • $25 Bronze Sponsor
  • $50 Silver Sponsor
  • $100 Gold Sponsor
  • $250 Platinum Sponsor
  • $500 Premier Sponsor


This completed form and donation can be returned to the elementary or middle school/high school office in a SEALED envelope labeled “School Signage” or mailed to the following address:

New Franklin School

Attn:  Nicole Davis, PTO President (School Signage)

412 W. Broadway

New Franklin, MO 65274

 THANK YOU for your contribution!  Once your contribution is received, a donation receipt will be emailed to you for tax purposes.

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

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