Franklin County High School switches to virtual instruction through Dec. 22 due to staffing issue


FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – Officials with Franklin County Public Schools have announced that Franklin County High School (FCHS) will change to all-virtual instruction. This change is due to a staffing issue at FCHS and not the spread of COVID-19.

This change will begin on Monday, Dec. 7 and will continue through Tuesday, Dec. 22.

Students will return to a normal schedule on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021.

This change does not affect students who are part of the district’s self-contained Special Education classes at FCHS.

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

While the county has seen a significant rise in COVID-19 cases, the district is asking increasing numbers of students and staff to quarantine as well as teach/learn from home when someone comes into their classroom who ultimately tests positive for COVID-19.

“This still 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 the schools.”

Dr. Bernice Cobbs, Franklin County Public Schools Division Superintendent

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