The West Franklin middle school and high school students will move to all remote learning Wednesday through Nov. 13, school officials said Monday morning.


West Franklin High School/middle school principal Matthew Brenzikofer said with the recent increase in student COVID-19 cases along with a couple of staff members testing positive for the coronavirus this weekend, school officials in conjunction with the Franklin County Health Department made the decision to move into remote learning.


Since there is no school on Nov. 16, in-person classes will resume Nov. 17, Brenzikofer said. All extracurricular activities will be suspended until Nov. 16, the opening of winter sports practices.


"The measure is being taken to stop any potential spread of COVID-19 that might occur due to the recent cases," Brenzikofer said. "We encourage any student and/or staff member that develops systems during this time to contact the Franklin County Health Department to schedule a test."


Staff will be contacting students Monday or Tuesday to discuss learning options. The school building will be open noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday for students to retrieve books, Chromebooks and personal items they may need.


Brenzikofer said hourly class schedules will change. All students attending college classes should do so until they are notified not to.


Breakfast and lunches will be available for pickup at the attendance closest to the students’ homes, including Appanoose and Williamsburg campuses. Pickup times are between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. and will be for that day’s breakfast and lunch.


Meals must be ordered by calling the district office at 785-566-3396. Calls must be received by noon Tuesday for this week’s meals.