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Back For A Day Then Home Again--Covid Causes Closure

Updated: Feb 8, 2023

Franklin County High School will be closed until after the Thanksgiving holiday. (Photo Collage by Caroline Horne)

By Tameia Mitchell--Eagle Editor

Due to a rise in COVID numbers, Franklin County High School, The Gereau Center, and Benjamin Franklin Middle School went all virtual effective Fri., Nov. 6.

“FCHS will return to in-person (Hybrid AA//BB) instruction Monday, November 30, 2020,” said high school Principal Jon Crutchfield.

Since the change, students have been instructed to log onto their Canvas account daily to access instruction.

"We will transition to participating in all four class periods each day beginning on Mon., Nov. 9," Crutchfield said.

During this all-virtual time, there have been plans in place for students to receive their class materials.

“Teachers may ask students to participate in the live classes via zoom or Google meets. Students are encouraged to attend those sessions in order to receive direct instruction,“ said Crutchfield.

Students who don’t have dependable internet access are also able to make adjustments.

“Students who do not have reliable Internet access (offline students) should make arrangements to download their work after 4:30 p.m. on Thursday of each week. Free Internet is available in the parking lot of every FCPS school. Students should arrange to upload their work by the following Monday no later than 3:30 p.m.. Students will have Friday through Monday to upload/download complete,” he continued.

If students have any issues with their devices, tech support is available, as is Administrative and Guidance assistance.

“Franklin County High School has tech-support available each weekday from 8:00 AM-3:30 p.m. and FCPS has a helpline available at 540-352-1921 from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM Monday through Friday. Administrative and Guidance offices will be open during the closure should you need any assistance,” stated Crutchfield.

All after school activities were put on pause during this closure.

“All after-school activities, which includes out of season sports, will not be held until November 30, 2020,” he concluded.

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