Franklin County Superintendent pens letter to parents, students over latest efforts to combat spread of COVID-19


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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – Franklin County Public Schools has released a letter sent to families, staff, and students regarding the district’s status with ongoing cases of COVID-19.

In the emailed letter, Superintendent Dr. Bernice Cobbs says that as of Monday, Aug. 30, Franklin County has a 20 percent COVID-19 positivity rate — a significant increase over the previous two weeks, which is cause for concern for district representatives.

“With the surge of positivity rates due to COVID-19 and the increasing number of Delta Variant cases, I am genuinely trying to avoid school closures and/or the need to go virtual. If we learned nothing else from the last year, we learned that in-person instruction, for the majority of our students, reaps many benefits.”

Dr. Bernice Cobbs, Franklin County Public Schools Superintendent

The district says they are using the following mitigation strategies in its schools:

  • Sanitizing between classes
  • Stagger or minimize the use of larger spaces
  • Limit assemblies and other school gatherings inside of school buildings
  • Prioritizing education over extra-curricular activities
  • Mask usage (masks are available)
  • Layered mitigation strategies:
    • Six feet of social distancing
    • Desk shields available upon request
    • Cohorting student groups, which means restricting student movement during the school day where feasible

Dr. Cobbs also says that they are continuing to monitor COVID-19 positive cases in schools each day and that they will work closely with the Franklin County Health Department to conduct contact tracing, quarantine protocols and recommendations for the need for the potential for virtual instruction, though the district will continue offering in-person learning. However, if this changes, they will notify parents immediately.

She says that if any student has any symptoms of COVID-19, to stay at home.

When and if any student must quarantine, they will be marked as present daily and will work through Canvas as assigned by their teacher.

The district has compiled a FAQ section regarding protocols, which can be found below.

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