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7/15/2020 9:28:00 AM
School Board Talks Back-To-School

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

Plans as they are right now are that when Lincoln County Schools open next month, some students will go to school Monday and Tuesday; others will go to the classrooms Thursday and Friday; Wednesday, schools will be closed for cleaning and disinfecting.

That's a part of the plan for holding school during the pandemic.  

While Lincoln County Schools have essentially formulated their plan (with some changes still likely before the school year begins August 17th), other area schools are still working on theirs.  The Catawba County School Board will hold a meeting remotely Thursday evening (July 16th) to finalize theirs.  Gaston County's Board of Education will hear their administration's plans at a meeting next Monday.

In addition to the alternating schedules (those students who attend Monday-Tuesday will be involved in remote learning other days as will those who attend Thursday-Friday), there are some other significant changes.

Governor Roy Cooper announced the state's recommendations on Tuesday afternoon, saying that schools should use a hybrid system, a combination of in-person and remote learning, if possible, but should offer the alternative of totally remote learning for those students whose parents felt attending in person would be too dangerous.

Other changes this year will include everyone--from kindergarten to twelfth grade including both students and teachers--will have to wear a mask unless they have a doctor's excuse.  The staggered schedule is so that the number of students in a classroom can be reduced to maintain social distancing.  Bus riding will be changed: "we are limited to 24 max on a bus (1 per seat) and they have to be masked to be able to ride."  So will meals: "breakfast and lunch will be served and eaten in the classroom for most but with the Governor's announcement yesterday late, some of the recommendations are now requirements that we have to work through details.  That is set for us to do in the next week or so...that is why this will be a living document as the Governor continues to change planning details."

The overview of the plan is available on the Lincoln County Schools website.  Click on the link below the School Reopening logo on the left side of the main page.

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In other action Tuesday, the School Board voted to delay the 'traditional' graduation ceremonies that had been planned for the end of this month until the Christmas break--with hopes that the pandemic will have lessened by then.  

They unanimously chose Dr. Aaron Allen to serve as the Interim Superintendent when Dr. Lory Morrow leaves in October.  Multiple other personnel reassignments were discussed and approved.  

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