Today, Monday, March 23, 2020, Governor Cooper announced the closure of all schools through May 15, 2020.  We already have plans in place to provide remote education.  In the coming days, we will provide additional information to teachers and other school staff to enhance our educational plans and procedures.

A reporter from WRAL asked Governor Cooper about pay for classified or hourly employees (custodians, teacher assistants, etc.).  While there has been conflicting information about employee pay since schools were initially closed, Governor Cooper stated he wanted these and similar employees to be able to work and be paid.  Governor Cooper also said additional guidance on this matter would be provided.  We will update our employees after state guidance is received.

We are committed to providing food distribution as long as funding and staff are available to carry out these and other essential services.  We deeply appreciate Child Nutrition staff members, bus drivers, teacher assistants, and other staff members who made it possible to distribute food to children in our community.  Today alone, we served 6,752 meals.  Your work in providing this critical frontline service has been amazing.

Earlier this morning, the State Board of Education acted to eliminate state and federal standardized testing for this school year.  Federal written approval for this action is expected in a day or two.  The North Carolina legislature is also working to waive like requirements in state law.

With the extended school closure, all extra-curricular and similar activities are suspended through May 15th.  Rescheduling of traditional school events after May 15th will be strongly considered based upon recommendations from state public health officials.

There are hundreds of decisions to be made as we move together through uncharted waters.  As we receive additional state guidance and confer with our local Board of Education, we will share additional information in many areas.  Updates will include:

  • Spring Break
  • Procedures for promotion or retention
  • Calendar changes
  • Employee work schedules and pay
  • Grading and course credit
  • Procedures for the graduating class of 2020 regarding transition to college or work
  • Other items of importance

Please be patient as we wait on additional detailed information from the state.  This is an evolving situation.  In the meantime, be calm, kind, smart, and safe.

Contact:  Dr. Bill Nolte, Superintendent