UPDATE: Franklin County School Board votes in favor of new mitigation efforts against spread of COVID-19 in schools


UPDATE 7:10 p.m.: The Franklin County School Board voted in favor of new mitigations, which are listed below:

  • Increased cleaning and sanitizing efforts as well as having air purifiers available.
  • Cohorting equitably
  • Sanitizing between classes
  • Stagger or minimize the use of community spaces: i.e., cafeteria, auditoriums, etc.
  • Limit assemblies and other school gatherings during high transmission periods
  • Safe zones, tri-fold or face shields
  • Limit non-essential adult interaction: i.e., faculty meetings, large trainings, etc.
  • Prioritize education over extra-curricular: i.e., pausing athletics, clubs, etc.

UPDATE 7 p.m.: School officials in Franklin County say that they have 1,225 students who are claiming an exemption when wearing face masks — that equates to 20 percent of students in the district. They also say 83 staff have claimed exemptions for wearing masks.

UPDATE 6:30 p.m.: The Franklin County School Board has said that 600 students are currently in quarantine — a 10 percent overall student populous in the district.

UPDATE 6:18 p.m.: Franklin County School Board released new information on the COVID-19 cases across the school district. The board says about 43 students and four staff tested positive at the high school. Guraeu Middle School reported 27 students and six staff tested positive with COVID-19.

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – A special meeting will be held tonight in Franklin County to discuss the significant rise in COVID-19 cases in the school district.

Franklin County School Board members will meet between 6 and 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 25. This comes after 28 students have tested positive for COVID-19, which, in turn, has led to over 300 students being quarantined.

Citizens gather at a special meeting with the Franklin County School Board on Wednesday. (Image courtesy of Amanda Lee/WFXR News).

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss additional COVID-19 mitigation efforts in schools.

There will be no public comment offered.

The district has offered a visual description regarding how quarantine is determined, which can be viewed below.

WFXR News’ Amanda Lee will have more on the meeting, which can be viewed by clicking here, Wednesday on WFXR News First at Ten.

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