District News and Superintendent Updates

District News and Superintendent Updates

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District News and Superintendent Updates


September 8, 2022



Dear Students, Families, Staff and Community:

Similar to the state and national trend, FCPS are still experiencing staffing shortages in all areas. Our goal will be to continue to make our families aware of situations impacting their daily routines. Families and staff were made aware of the bus driver shortage and the plan to address the need. Historically, this has been a challenging area to staff. This year we are facing unprecedented bus driver shortages; thus, causing FCPS to develop alternative routes, if needed. Here is the link to the FCPS Transportation webpage that provides information about regular bus routes and the STAR routes.  Thank you for all of your support!  It is much appreciated.

Transportation - Franklin County Public Schools


Dr. Bernice Cobbs

Division Superintendent




Suicide Prevention Awareness Month & Attendance Month

September 12 

School Board Meeting (6:00PM)

October 8

Homecoming Dance

October 10 

School Board Meeting (6:00PM)

October 14  

End of First Nine Weeks

October 17 

Fall Break (schools closed for students and staff)

October 18

Teacher Workday (schools closed for students)

November 8

Teacher Workday (schools closed for students)

November 14 

School Board Meeting (time to be determined)

November 23-25

Thanksgiving Break (schools closed for students and staff)

December 12 

School Board Meeting (time to be determined)

December 20

End of Second Nine Weeks

NOW HIRING - Computer Technician

Please apply at frco.k12.va.us/employment

If you, or someone you know, is interested in driving a school bus,
please contact the Transportation Department at 540.483.5541.


Franklin County Public Schools will provide a thriving and dynamic educational environment that inspires each learner to be self-directed and own their future. Our graduates will be prepared to excel in a changing, complex, and interconnected global society.


To create, promote, and support a lifelong learning culture whereby students become self-reliant, productive citizens who can successfully compete in the global community.

Our Values and Beliefs

  • Every child is unique and is capable of learning.
  • Our schools must be safe, inviting, clean, and conducive to learning.
  • We value our employees as they are essential to the accomplishments and future of our children.
  • Active parent engagement in their child's education is critical and must be encouraged.
  • We use evaluation and measurement as tools for continuous improvement.
  • We must efficiently use the limited resources available and be fiscally responsible to the Franklin County Community.

During the July 2022 meeting, the School Board approved a time change for the start of its meetings. The Board will revisit the time change at the end of 90 days. The School Board Closed sessions will start at 5:00 p.m., and the regular meetings will begin at 6:00 p.m. during the months of August, September and October.

School Resource Officers 

Sheriff Overton and the Office of the Sheriff, in connection with the School Board and the Board of Supervisors, were awarded a DCJS grant. The grant provided the opportunity to add six (6) new School Resource Officers (SROs) to the elementary schools. Each SRO will divide their time between two different elementary schools daily. 

Additionally, Franklin County High School currently has three (3) SROs - two from the Office of the Sheriff and one from the Rocky Mount Police Department. Benjamin Franklin Middle School and The Gereau Center currently have one (1) SRO from the Office of the Sheriff and one (1) from the Rocky Mount Police Department.

“The mission of the SROs is to provide a safe and secure learning environment for students and staff at the public schools within the County, and to act as a liaison between the school administration and the Office of the Sheriff.”  Each SRO has been working hard to meet the staff and students at their assigned schools. They look forward to continuing the school year while building relationships with our students, families, and staff members.

Revised Dress Code and Cell Phone Policies and Bus Regulations

Below are several links to documents that were included in the 2022-2023 Student Code of Conduct. These policies are in place for the 2022-2023 school year. Please spend time with your child(ren) reviewing the policies prior to the start of the school year. If you have any questions, please contact your school principal.

School Bus Rules and Regulations Matrix

Dress Code Policy - Franklin County Public Schools

Cellphone Use Policy - Franklin County Public Schools

Free Breakfast and Lunch For All 

This year, similar to last year, we are pleased to report that all students in FCPS will have access to free breakfast and lunch each day at no charge to the household. A meal application is not required. If you have any questions, please contact  Ms. Heather Snead, Food Services Coordinator, 540-483-5138.  

Keeping Contact Information Updated

It is a concerning thought, but what if a crisis happened in your child's school and your child's contact information was not up to date (all phone numbers, email addresses, emergency contacts, home addresses, etc.)?

Throughout the school year, please expect various forms of communication from the district, school, and classroom levels. We know communication between the school and home is vital to students' success. Therefore, every student's contact information must be correct in PowerSchool and should be kept up-to-date throughout the year. Here is the link to the webpage to complete or update PowerSchool Registration contact information. Please take this opportunity to make sure you have signed-up for district and school notifications through School Messenger and Community Text Alerts

2022-23 Covid Procedures

Updated 8.22.22

If you test positive for Covid-19

  • Inform your Principal 
  • Isolate and stay home for 5 days
  • Day 0 is the day symptoms begin or day of positive test if no symptoms
  • Must be fever free for 24 hours
  • Wear a mask on days 6-10
  • If the individual is unable or unwilling to mask during this time, VDH recommends a negative test on or after Day 6 in order to return to programming OR the person should remain home through day 10.
  • Isolation calculator   https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/protect-yourself/isolation-quarantine/#positive

If you have been exposed to Covid-19

  • For those exposed but asymptomatic, quarantine is no longer recommended in the K-12 setting.  Individuals may continue to attend as long as they remain asymptomatic.
  • Students or staff who have ongoing household exposures to a person with Covid-19, VDH recommends students and staff consider more frequent testing.

Empowering All Learners

The Virginia Department of Education developed a profile of a Virginia graduate in 2017 that includes 5 C’s: Critical Thinking, Creative Thinking, Communication, Collaboration and Citizenship. VDOE: Graduation Requirements (Class of 2022)

Franklin County Public Schools has developed “Vision 25 – Empowering All Learners.” This learner centric model is built upon the foundation of the 5 C’s with four pillars: Foundation of Excellence, Community Invested, Profile of a Learner, and Prepared for Progress and Socially Responsive. The profile of a Franklin County Learner is designed to provide a pathway for learners to master essential skills, knowledge, attributes and dispositions in order to positively impact college and workforce readiness. Click here for the full article


2022-2023 Return to School Plan (Updated 7/19/22)

2022-2023 Plan de regreso a la escuela (Updated 7/19/22)

Child Find

What is Child Find?

In accordance with Regulations Governing Special Education Programs for Children with Disabilities in Virginia (2010), each local school division shall maintain an active and continuing child find program designed to identify, locate and evaluate those children residing in the jurisdiction who are birth to age 21, inclusive, who are in need of special education and related services (34 FR 300.102 and 34 300.111).

Virginia Law states that local school divisions must identify and evaluate children and youth who may be disabled and need special education services. If eligible, a child with a disability who is ages 2 through 21 years must be provided a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE).

Areas of disability may include:

  • Autism
  • Developmental Delay
  • Hearing Impairment 
  • Deaf/Blind 
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Intellectual Disability 
  • Emotional Disability
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Visual Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment 
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

How is it Determined that a Child May Need Special Education?

Before a student can receive special education services, a comprehensive evaluation must be conducted. Parents/Guardians must provide written permission for the assessments to occur. Information from the comprehensive evaluation is discussed with school staff and the child’s parent/guardian to determine if the child has a disabling condition that adversely affects educational performance and requires specially designed instruction.

Who do I contact if I’m concerned about my child?

If you have questions about Special Education in Franklin County Public Schools or are concerned about your child, call Sherry Lynch, Director of Pupil Personnel Services at (540) 483-0280.

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