Franklin County Schools’ Superintendent announces temporary all-virtual instruction in several schools

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – The Superintendent of Franklin County Schools has announced that several schools in the district will be temporarily closed and students in these schools will begin an all-virtual format.

These schools include Franklin County High School (FCHS), Benjamin Franklin Middle School (BFMS) and the Gereau Center (GC).

All virtual instruction will begin for all secondary students in grades 6-12 starting on Thursday, Oct. 8, and will continue through Friday, Oct. 16. Students will return to a normal schedule on Monday, Oct. 19.

This does not affect elementary students.

Students who are part of the district’s self-contained Special Education classes as FCHS and BFMS will still report to school on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Students who transport to schools outside of Franklin County will still continue in-person instruction as normal.

“Please note that the reason to go completely virtual does not mean that the virus is being transmitted within our schools. In fact, we believe that there has been no transmission while at school since the opening due to the proactive measures in place. The Franklin County community has had a significant rise in cases of COVID-19 and is now considered ‘community spread’ by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). The ‘community spread’ designation means that people have gotten sick without any known contact with an infected person.”

W. March Church, Ph.D., Franklin County Public Schools’ District Superintendent

With community cases spreading on the secondary level, the superintendent is asking staff to quarantine and teach from home which leaves a coverage deficiency for the remaining hybrid students.

“We believe temporarily reverting to full virtual learning will allow our current quarantining staff to finish their quarantine and it will curb some of the greater community issues from potentially spreading within our schools,” said Church.

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