Franklin schools outline plans for instruction, meals

Published 11:55 am Sunday, March 15, 2020

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Dr. Tamara Sterling, superintendent of Franklin City Public Schools, just announced this morning, March 15, the plans for the school system in keeping with Gov. Ralph Northam’s directive to close all Virginia schools K-12 for the next two weeks minimum as a way to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

In her statement, Sterling wrote: “In our efforts to ensure that safety is our highest priority, school leaders and teachers have worked around the clock to provide students with instructional materials for the next 10 school days. Therefore, on Monday, March 16, there will be no school for students. However, instructional packets will be available for pick up by the parent or guardian from the hours of 10:30 to noon.”

She added that on Monday only, FCPS will also ready to offer meals at that time in each school, and that the food will be prepared for students to take home.

Though there are no classes for students on March 16, it will be a half-day for teachers.

Sterling continued to state that starting on Tuesday, March 17, the lunches will be offered for any FCPS student, but only in S.P Morton Elementary School, 300 Morton St., and that will be the only feeding site for the remainder of the school closure. Lunches will be disbursed from 10:30 to noon. She urged people to continue checking the website,, and all social media outlets for the latest updates during the closure.

“Families, please don’t hesitate to reach out to my office if you need any assistance during this time,” wrote Sterling. “Take care and stay safe.”

The superintendent can be contacted at either 569-8111 or the aforementioned website.