The following is an email sent out to Franklin County parents by Superintendent Dr. Mark Church Sunday:
Dear FCPS Community:
As you know, the Governor of Virginia has closed schools for the next two weeks to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Unfortunately, it puts our students in a precarious position – many of our students rely heavily on the meals we provide, we still must provide continuity of education because they will still be held accountable for end of course testing, and they may also need other services that we provide. I understand that this puts many of our families in a tough spot as well. In order to assist our students we have implemented the following:
Continuation of Instruction
I have asked our teachers to remain connected with their students and their parents to help provide continuity of instruction. Our teachers may be providing instruction and remediation to students via the computer, phone or by providing paper copies of lessons. If your student (grades 3-12) needs a device to access instruction, parents/guardians may come by the school between 8:00 – 4:00 pm to pick a device. If you cannot come by during those hours, please contact the school to make other arrangements. Teachers will not be introducing any new material but may offer some supplemental instruction and materials. Wifi is open at each school location, please park close to the building to access.
Continuation of our Breakfast and Lunch
Breakfast and Lunch will be available for drive-thru pickups at each elementary school location as well as Benjamin Franklin Middle School beginning Tuesday, March 17 between the hours of 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
We will provide lunch, and breakfast for the next morning at each location. If families are not able to get to a grab-and-go location, please contact the principal at your child’s school.
Please remember to continue to practice social distancing and avoid large crowds. Still, correct hand washing is the best defense in preventing transmission of the virus. The CDC.gov site has some great tips and more information. We are looking forward to having your child back in school very soon.
Dr. W. Mark Church, Superintendent
Franklin County Public Schools