FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Franklin County Public Schools (FCPS) is considering returning students with either a four-day or five-day in-person class schedule.
The school board doesn’t want to make the decision on their own; they want parents to weigh in and sent out a survey to get their thoughts on the consideration.
Franklin County has been operating on a hybrid schedule, two days in-person and three days online.
“Are they interested in continuing on with the hybrid program as it is? Are they interested in doing with a 100% virtual program, as some of them have it. That’s what we were trying to get information for,” said Superintendent, Dr. Mark Church.
The survey sent to parents from the district gives them that chance to voice their thoughts on a new schedule.
Church says he wants students back in the classroom full-time and that it’s the best place for them to be.
“We still have to make sure we can correctly social distance, that we can still maintain a safe environment,” Church said. “We’re still charged with the safety and security of students.”
“I completed that and chose to return back,” said Mary-Evelyn Sellars, an FCPS parent.
Sellars has three children in Franklin County Schools. She says the hybrid program has worked pretty well for her eighth grader, but her kids in high school are falling behind.
“We’ve had to seek out a tutor, so now she’s started tutoring so that we can kind of fill the void with being taught,” Sellars said.
The survey results won’t necessarily be the deciding factor.
Church simply wants to know if a decision is made that it has the support of the families involved.
“Until you survey a group, it’s hard to get a sense of really what our community wants,” Church said.
“For my family, I know what works for us and what we’ve discussed and what we’re willing to sacrifice, and we realize the risk,” Sellars said. “But we’re ready. You know, our kids want to go back; I want to go back. The community wants it.”
Franklin County parents have until Sunday, Oct. 18 to submit their survey.
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