Select Franklin County Public Schools will temporarily shift to all-virtual instruction Friday

Roanoke Valley News

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Three Franklin County Schools will begin three weeks of all-virtual instruction on Friday. This change is due to the community spread of COVID-19 and the difficulty to provide adequate classroom supervision for secondary schools.

Franklin County High School (FCHS), Benjamin Franklin Middle School (BFMS), and The Gereau Center will initiate all-virtual instruction from Friday, Nov. 6, through Friday, Nov. 27. Students will return to a normal schedule on Monday, Nov. 30.

This does not affect students who are part of self-contained Special Education classes at FCHS and BFMS. They will still report to school on Friday and Monday. Students that transport to schools outside of Franklin County will continue with in-person instruction as normal.

Please note that the reason to go completely virtual does not mean that the virus is being transmitted within our schools. The Franklin County community has had a significant rise in cases of COVID-19.  

W. Mark Church, Ph.D., Division Superintendent of Franklin County Public Schools

Franklin County Public School Officials 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. School officials say this still leaves a coverage deficiency for the remaining hybrid students.

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