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Franklin City School Board votes to remain virtual for third nine weeks

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Posted at 7:25 PM, Jan 15, 2021

FRANKLIN, Va. - Students in Franklin will continue to learn from home for the upcoming quarter.

At its meeting on Thursday, the Franklin City School Board voted to remain virtual through the third nine weeks. FCPS Superintendent Dr. Tamara Sterling recommended this option to the School Board due to rising COVID-19 cases in the city.

Dr. Sterling also wants to ensure that faculty and staff have enough time to get vaccinated if they choose to do so.

The School Board will review COVID-19 data and the proposed phase-in plan at the March 18 school board meeting to make sure it's safe to allow students and staff to return to in-person instruction during the fourth nine weeks. If School Board members approve the phase-in plan in March, teachers, staff and students will gradually begin to return to in-person instruction on a hybrid schedule in April. Parents will still have the option to continue virtual instruction for their children.

Related: Chesapeake Public Schools staff begin receiving COVID-19 vaccinations

Because Dr. Sterling wants to make sure she has in-depth conversations with all of her stakeholders on returning to school, she will be holding town hall meetings to allow stakeholders to join the conversation and let their voices be heard. More information on the meetings can be found below:

Students Stakeholders Town Halls

J. P. King, Jr. Middle School - Thursday, January 21 at 1 p.m.

  • Click here to join the webinar. The passcode is 038987

Franklin High School – Thursday, January 21 at 2 p.m.

  • Click here to join the webinar. The passcode is 038987

Parents/Community Stakeholders Town Hall

Tuesday, January 19 at 6 p.m.

  • Click here to join the webinar. The passcode: 334379

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