COVID-19 Update #11 from Lincoln County Schools
Superintendent, Dr. Lory Morrow
May 27, 2020
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through COVID-19 and its impact on our schools. We are receiving new 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 and we are working tirelessly to plan and prepare for the 2020-2021 school year.
FREE MEALS TO-GO
The Lincoln County Schools Child Nutrition Department has served over 387,000 meals to date by offering the Grab and Go Feeding Program.
Summer Meals: We will continue to offer our FREE To-Go meals to ANY child or young adult 18 years and younger during the summer months. Beginning June 1, 2020, meals will no longer be distributed via yellow buses but meals can be obtained from any of the six Free Meals To-Go sites. The sites are open Monday through Friday and will provide weekend meals on Fridays.
Our Summer Food Bus will be making its roll out debut on Monday, June 1, 2020 to various locations around town.
Parents that need help finding a food site close to them can text FOODNC to 877-877 or visit the Nokidhungrync.org/covid19/ website.
All feeding sites are drive-through only. Parents may go to any of the six schools offering these free meals. Parents are not required to go to the school their child attends to pick up meals. We are encouraging the community to take advantage of the Free Meals To-Go program at the six designated school locations.
FREE MEALS TO-GO SITES
PICK-UP TIME: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
• Battleground Elementary
• East Lincoln High
• Norris S. Childers Elementary
• Pumpkin Center Intermediate
• S. Ray Lowder Elementary
• West Lincoln Middle
COMMUNITY OUTREACH SUMMARY
Lincoln County Schools collected and distributed enough food for over 1880 families during the school closure. These food bags were made up from the following: 2265 food bags donated by Pursuit Church, 75 food bags from Covenant Church, 50 food bags from Victory Baptist Church, 125 – 10 lb. boxes of chicken from Grace Covenant Church, and 400 food bags from Christian Ministries. We received $4,020.00 ($1,750.00 from Sunrise Rotary) in monetary donations to purchase additional items which included country ham, fruit, vegetables, pasta, etc. Burton Farms donated fresh strawberries, watermelons, tomatoes, potatoes, and other vegetables. Food Lion-Denver donated 28 gallons of milk. World Market, through the Child Advocacy Center, donated enough Easter candy to fill 100 large baskets. Walmart-Lincolnton donated the baskets and Easter grass. Salem Baptist Church donated 2,000 Easter bags, United Way-Lincoln County donated eggs, cheese, butter, and other pantry items. We even received toilet paper, paper towels, baby formula, and baby diapers. LCS was also able to give back to our community and donated over 50 bottles of Hand Sanitizer to Chick Fil-A and over 580 bottles and containers of hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes to Atrium Health.
We continue to be amazed at the generosity of our community and appreciate all of their support during this difficult time.
EMPLOYEE LEAVE UPDATE:
The Emergency Leave eligibility for employees is determined on a case by case basis due to the impact of COVID-19. This leave option has been extended to June 15, 2020. If an employee feels they may need to access this leave, they should contact their direct supervisor and the Human Resources Department.
LINCOLN COUNTY SCHOOLS GRADUATION CEREMONIES
High school graduation ceremonies will be held Friday (May 29th) and/or Saturday (May 30th) while adhering to the Governor’s Executive Order #121 and the graduation guidelines received from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Each high school will communicate specific ceremony details to the Class of 2020 and their families as relevant to graduation. Please continue to monitor each high school’s webpage and social media sites for graduation information.
Lincolnton High May 29, 2020 and May 30, 2020, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Individual graduation ceremonies- held by appointment
East Lincoln High May 29, 2020 and May 30, 2020, 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Individual graduation ceremonies- held by appointment
North Lincoln High May 29, 2020, 7:30 PM
Virtual graduation ceremony via YouTube and social media
West Lincoln High May 29, 2020, 7:00 PM
Drive-In graduation ceremony
Traditional graduation ceremonies will be held at each high school stadium on July 31, 2020 or August 1, 2020 pending any Executive Order restrictions that may be in place at that time. Additional details will be provided to the Class of 2020 and their families at a later date.
Report Cards will be available the first week of June 2020. Schools will provide specific communication to parents/students regarding the distribution of Report Cards.
Due to the COVID-19 school closures, the following grading guidelines are in effect:
• Students in grades K-5 will not receive a final grade on their report card but will receive feedback about their academic progress for the school year.
• Students in grades 6-8 will receive a PC19 (Pass) or WC19 (Withdraw) on their report card and will receive feedback about their academic progress for the school year.
• Students in grades 9-11 will receive a PC19 (Pass) or a WC19 (Withdraw) and will have the option to choose their numerical grade:
- A PC19 or WC19 will not be calculated in the GPA but the numerical grade will be calculated in the GPA.
- 5 points will be added to third quarter grades for participation in At-Home Learning.
- Parents/students will receive a letter with the report card with details on how to choose the PC19 or numerical grade.
- Students will have 45 days from the first day of school during the 2020-2021 school year to choose the grade.
• Students in grade 12 will receive a PC19 (Pass) or WC19 (Withdraw) based on their 3rd Quarter grade.
• Student promotion and retention will be decided by the school principal and teacher.
PUBLIC WIRELESS ACCESS
Exterior public wireless access is available at all school sites. A one-page map and information sheet that shows the network name and where to access the service on each campus is available on individual school websites, the Lincoln County Schools Facebook page, and at www.lcsnc.org under Community Resources.