Three Franklin County schools switching to virtual learning on Friday, officials say


FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — After consulting with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), Franklin County Public Schools announced that students at three schools will be learning remotely on Friday amid concerns about the coronavirus.

According to the school district, Benjamin Franklin Middle School, the Gereau Center, and Franklin County High School will switch to virtual learning on Friday, Sept. 3 in order to mitigate the spread of the virus by allowing time for additional sanitization at the facilities. 

This news comes after Franklin County Public Schools reported 13 student COVID-19 cases and one staff case at Benjamin Franklin Middle School, as well as three student cases and two staff cases at Franklin County High School for the month of September.

School officials say that all high school and middle school staff will still report to their buildings on Friday to provide remote instruction via Canvas. Students will also be required to log in at the start of each class. 

Families will have the opportunity to participate in meal pickup at any Franklin County elementary school between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Friday.     

In addition, all co-curricular and extra-curricular activities will be canceled as of 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 2 and then resume on Tuesday, Sept. 7.

With Monday, Sept. 6 being a holiday, in-person instruction is set to start back up at Benjamin Franklin Middle School, the Gereau Center, and Franklin County High School on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, all Franklin County elementary schools will still continue in-person instruction on Friday, according to the district.

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