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Schools in Franklin County, NY, to move to remote learning

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Published: Nov. 10, 2020 at 12:14 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 10, 2020 at 4:30 AM EST
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MALONE, N.Y. (WCAX) - All schools in Franklin County, New York, are moving to remote learning through Jan. 4.

The call was made by Franklin County public health officials, following a rise in COVID-19 cases in the last week. They say the county is seeing community spread of the coronavirus, and officials are struggling to track where cases are coming from.

The highest rate of infection is in the northern part of Franklin County, so the four school districts in that region, Brushton-Moira, St. Regis Falls, Salmon River and Malone central school districts, as well as FEH BOCES North Franklin Educational Center in Malone will shift to remote learning first. In-person learning will happen on Tuesday, Nov. 11, and following the day off for Veterans Day, online learning will begin Thursday, Nov. 12.

Chateaugay Central School District was already fully remote this week due to a COVID-19 exposure and will stay remote through Jan. 4.

In the south end of the county, Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake central school districts as well as FEH BOCES Adirondack Educational Center in Saranac Lake will go remote as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread in the north end from reaching that area. These schools will use this week to prepare and then shift into remote learning on Monday, Nov. 16.

Two school districts in the FEH BOCES region will continue with in-person learning. The Long Lake Central School District is in Hamilton County and the Lake Placid Central School District is in Essex County. Infection rates in those counties do not yet warrant school closure.

Any parent who needs help finding day care options can email childcare@fehb.org or call 518-483-6420, ext. 9.

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