Franklin County elementary school goes virtual for the week due to staffing issue

Roanoke Valley News

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Amid the community spread of the coronavirus and the challenges of providing classroom supervision, Franklin County school officials say Snow Creek Elementary School will need to temporarily use entirely virtual instruction.

According to a statement released by Franklin County Public Schools on Sunday, Jan. 10, the elementary school will initiate remote learning from Monday, Jan. 11, through Friday, Jan. 15. However, students will return to their normal schedule on Jan. 19.

However, school officials insist the decision to go virtual is due to a staffing issue, not due to the spread of the virus. You can read part of the school district’s statement below:

“The Franklin County community has had a significant rise in cases of COVID-19. In an abundance of caution, we are asking increasing numbers of our staff and students to quarantine and teach/learn from home when someone comes into their classroom and is positive for COVID-19, and they could have been exposed. This still leaves a coverage deficiency for the remaining hybrid students. We believe temporarily reverting to full virtual learning at Snow Creek Elementary 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, Division Superintendent for Franklin County Public Schools

For more details about the reasoning behind taking action at this time, check out this link provided by the Virginia Department of Health.

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