Virginia’s First Lady Pamela Northam visits Rocky Mount Elementary
ROCKY MOUNT, Va. – Spring typically means we’ve entered the last stretch of the school year. This year, Virginia’s First Lady says there is much work to be done to get students back into the classroom safely. It wasn’t First Lady Pamela Northam’s first time walking the halls of Rocky Mount Elementary School, but this time felt more important. In Rocky Mount, the state leaders were showered with gifts from the students as they shared messages of encouragement. Ad“They are so excited to be back with in-person learning.
Franklin County School Board held emergency session for pandemic gameplan
FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. – As the coronavirus pandemic goes on, school divisions like Franklin County Public Schools are trying to continually adapt. The Franklin County School Board met for an emergency session on Thursday to figure out a gameplan as the virus continues to take a toll on schools. I think we all know, want and hope to get 100% of our students back in school,” said Jon Crutchfield, Franklin County High School Principal. “I wanted to see if we had an overload in the morning, an overload around lunch, what that looked like. That’s also when high school goes hybrid.
Rocky Mount Elementary returns to virtual instruction following confirmed COVID-19 breakout
ROCKY MOUNT, Va. – One elementary school in Franklin County will close for a week due to a confirmed COVID-19 breakout. Franklin County Public Schools announced that Rocky Mount Elementary will close and students will switch to virtual instruction from Friday, Jan. 15 through Friday, Jan. 22. The health department’s interactive map]Students will return to a normal schedule on Tuesday, Jan. 26 as that Monday is a teacher workday. School officials said that during the closure the building and buses will be deep cleaned. Food will still be available via outside pickup on Jan. 18-19 and Jan. 21-22 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Snow Creek Elementary School begins virtual instruction this week due to staffing issue
FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. – Franklin County Public Schools announced Sunday evening that virtual instruction will be initiated this week at one of its elementary schools. Division Superintendent Dr. Bernice Cobbs said in an email to families that Snow Creek Elementary School will switch to virtual instruction from Monday, Jan. 11 to Friday, Jan. 15, and students will resume their normal schedule on Tuesday, Jan. 19. Cobbs said this is due to the community spread of COVID-19 in Franklin County and the difficulty to provide adequate classroom supervision. The email stated that the staffing issue stems from staff needing to quarantine.
Franklin County High School going 100% virtual until 2021
FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. – Another Southwest Virginia school is temporarily going fully virtual. On Friday, Franklin County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Bernice Cobbs announced that Franklin County High School will be fully virtual until 2021. [Carroll County schools will shift to virtual amid surge in coronavirus numbers]The school is closing due to community spread of COVID-19 and the difficulty to provide adequate classroom supervision, according to Cobbs. From Dec. 7 until the 22nd, students will be virtual and wouldn’t go back to the classroom until after winter break on Jan. 4, 2021. The county has had a significant rise in cases of COVID-19, according to Cobbs.
Franklin County Public Schools welcomes first Black superintendent
FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. – Franklin County Public Schools announces the name of its new superintendent and she’s a familiar face. Dr. Bernice Cobbs, the school division’s first Black superintendent, was selected after a nationwide search at the school board meeting during Monday’s school board meeting. Cobbs is currently the assistant principal of Franklin County High School and has spent her entire career in Franklin County. “I am honored to be selected as the next superintendent of Franklin County Public Schools,” said Cobbs. “I am very grateful for the opportunity to work with the School Board, staff, community, families and students of Franklin County.
Three Franklin County schools move to virtual learning due to positive COVID-19 cases
FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. – UPDATEBenjamin Franklin Middle School and The Gereau Center have been added to the list of Franklin County schools to switch to online classes until the first week of November due to coronavirus, according to superintendent Dr. Mark Church. According to officials, this change does not affect students who are part of the self-contained special education classes at Benjamin Franklin Middle. ORIGINAL STORYFranklin County Public Schools announced Wednesday in an email to families that one school will move to virtual learning for about a week because of COVID-19. Superintendent Dr. Mark Church said Franklin County High School’s classes will be moved online from Thursday, Oct. 29 through Wednesday, Nov. 4 because the school is having difficulty providing adequate classroom supervision. “Please note that the reason to go completely virtual does not mean that the virus is being transmitted within our schools.
Some Franklin County students switch to virtual learning as COVID-19 spreads in community
FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. – Middle and high school students in Franklin County will switch to virtual learning for two weeks, school leaders announced on Monday. The change goes into effect starting Thursday and will affect students at Franklin County High School, Benjamin Franklin Middle School and the Gereau Center. School leaders emphasized that the decision to switch to virtual learning is not indicative of spread within Franklin County Public Schools, but rather, due to the significant rise in COVID-19 cases in Franklin County. Elementary school students won’t be affected by this change, school leaders said. Students in special education classes at Franklin County High School and Benjamin Franklin Middle School will still report to school on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, according to school leaders.
One student tests positive for COVID-19 at Benjamin Franklin Middle School
ROCKY MOUNT, Va. – Benjamin Franklin Middle School announced Thursday that a student tested positive for coronavirus. According to school officials, the student was on school premises on Sept. 18 and had direct exposure to other members of the community. Those with direct exposure to this student were notified by the school and are currently quarantining. Franklin County Superindentent Dr. Mark Church said the school will remain open and officials are working with the health department to monitor the situation.
Franklin Co. schools focus on teaching kindness to children
FRANKLIN COUNTY - Franklin County Public Schools are embracing the power of positivity. At Calloway Elementary School, students are taught to follow the golden rule. "We just want our kids to treat each other the way they want to be treated," said Kim Jones, Calloway Elementary School guidance counselor. All schools in Franklin County have adopted the "be kind" initiative this year. Henry elementary school even elects a student kindness council.