Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through COVID-19 and its impact on our schools. We are receiving fluid guidance daily from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, the State Board of Education, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the Lincoln County Health Department. I am working closely with the Lincoln County Board of Education to make the best possible decisions for all students and staff during this pandemic. This is an ever changing situation but the health and safety of our staff and students are top priority. --- Supt. Dr. Lory Morrow
REOPENING OF SCHOOLS
Lincoln County Schools (LCS) is currently in the process of planning for the reopening of schools to students on August 17th based on the guidance received from North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Due to current state COVID-19 metrics, the Governor announced that schools are required to open under Plan B with moderate social distancing guidelines in place.
Under Plan B, schools will offer in-person and remote learning for students. Schools will open on August 17th with the following requirements in place:
● Staggered entry of students the first two weeks of school, August 17-28, 2020
● Limited number of students in facilities -- no greater than 50% occupancy beginning August 31, 2020
● Cloth face coverings required for all Kindergarten through 12th Grade students in school and on buses, for all teachers, for all school staff members, and for all visitors
● Conduct symptom screening, including temperature checks
● Establish a process and dedicated space for people who are ill to isolate and have transportation plans for ill students
● Require frequent handwashing throughout the day with hand sanitizer being provided by the district
● Limit student density on bus transportation to 24 students
● Limit the number of nonessential visitors and activities involving external groups
● Ensure sufficient social distancing with at least six (6) feet between people at all times
● Enhanced health protocols for all students and staff
● Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces in schools and on transportation vehicles regularly
● Discontinue use of self-service food or beverage distribution. All meals will be eaten in the classrooms
● Discontinue activities that bring together large groups of students
● Remote Learning options will be provided to students who are at high-risk for severe disease due to COVID-19, or whose family members are at high-risk. If you wish to exercise the Remote Learning option, please contact your child’s principal to discuss this option.
LCS recognizes the various challenges these requirements place on students and their families. Under the Plan B option, students will be learning in a hybrid classroom environment. This means that students will be learning both face-to-face and virtually. Schools will distribute Chromebooks to students in grades 3-12 to help ensure student access to remote instruction. Students will stagger re-entry the first two weeks of school by attending one day per week. The staggered entry for the first two weeks will reduce student density to a level that maximizes student safety while principals monitor the enhanced protocols that will be in place. During the two weeks of staggered entry, classroom teachers will focus on teaching students’ appropriate procedures for social distancing when on campus and will prepare students for learning in a hybrid classroom. In preparation for staggered entry and reopening of schools, classroom teachers will schedule a Back-to-School Orientation for individual students’ and their parents the week of August 10-14, 2020. Please find additional information about Plan B by watching the video link from Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, Dr. Heath Belcher.
Beginning August 31st, students in grades K-12 will be on campus two consecutive days per week and will do remote learning the other three days per week. One group of students will attend on Monday, Tuesday and a second group will attend on Thursday, Friday. Wednesday will be used for personalized learning appointments with students and for deep cleaning of classrooms. Transportation will be offered each day that students are on campus.
Classroom teachers and school staff will be required to participate in professional development at the start of the school year to assist in preparation for the new learning environment.
LCS parents will receive communication from the district pertaining to more specific questions regarding the intentions of families to have their child(ren) return to school under Plan B or if the parent has a desire to have their child(ren) participate in an all virtual learning opportunity within their child’s current school. Families should take time to complete the form at the following link to assist district and school level staff in their final preparations.