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Franklin County high school, middle schools go virtual due to COVID
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Franklin County high school, middle schools go virtual due to COVID

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Franklin County High School and the district’s middle schools switched to all virtual learning last week in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

In-person instruction resumed Tuesday. The shutdown is happened in consultation with the Virginia Department of Health.

In addition to shutting down the high school, Benjamin Franklin Middle School and the Gereau Center also closed. The district canceled all co-curricular and extra-curricular activities for the end of the week and weekend.

According to the school system’s COVID-19 dashboard last week, 64 high school students have tested positive from the beginning of August through Sept. 1. In that same time, 72 Benjamin Franklin students have tested positive, including 13 on Sept. 1, while the Gereau Center had 16 students test positive in August.

Franklin County schools require masks for all students and staff, but no documentation is required for those seeking exemptions.

So far, at least 1,225 students have mask exemptions – about 20% of the student body.

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