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  • The face masking status for the week of November 29, 30, and December 1-3 is optional for students and staff.

    The school district will use a three-week rolling average of the positivity rate of students and staff, and if that rate is 0.5 percent or lower, then masks are optional.

    Face Masking Status is Optional

    For more information on COVID data, click here.


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  • New Technology for Teachers in the Classroom

    Digital assistants, powered by cutting edge, artificial intelligence (AI) are becoming an integral part of classroom instruction through a partnership with Merlyn Mind, the world’s first digital assistant that is designed to help teachers navigate all the technology tools at their disposal more easily and expeditiously.

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  • Community Ed Grant Winners Announced

    The Education Foundation Inc. of Caldwell County awarded Community Education Grants to 23 educators in the Caldwell County Schools totaling $30,000.

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  • Pennell Serves as President-Elect of the North Carolina School Boards Association

    The North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA) has elected School Board Chairman Darrell Pennell to the office of President-Elect for a one-year term effective immediately. The slate of officers was presented at the recent NCSBA convention held in Greensboro.

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  • Enjoying the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Early

    The ultimate holiday tradition floated through the classrooms of Whitnel Elementary School as second graders decorated balloons and envisioned crowded streets and enthusiastic performers at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Students recreated the fanfare of being a spectator and evaluated the event using offline coding and STEM: science, technology, engineering, and math.

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  • Apples for American Education Week!

    In recognition of American Education Week (November 15-19), the Education Foundation Inc of Caldwell County delivered baskets of apples and treats to each of the Caldwell County Schools for faculty and staff to celebrate teaching, learning, and excellence in education.

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  • We Salute our Veterans!

    Writing letters of thanks, waving American flags, singing the national anthem, and holding special Veterans Day assemblies and parades captivated students throughout the district in remembrance of the women and men who proudly served in the Armed Forces. November 11 is Veterans Day, a federal and state holiday when all schools in NC are closed.

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District Announcements

  • Giving Tuesday

    GivingTuesday is the last Tuesday in November set aside to give back to your community and show support for the countless contributions and continuous commitment to keep your community strong and growing. The Caldwell County Association of Educators encourages you to give to local teacher projects. On average, teachers spend approximately $500 of their own money each year for classroom supplies, assisting children, and/or special projects. Through DonnorsChoose.org teachers may post creative classroom projects for donations. Support a local teacher today on GivingTuesday! Click here to view local teacher projects.
    Giving Tuesday!
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  • Upcoming Holiday Schedule

    Students, staff, and families are excited about the upcoming holidays in December. The following days are local, state, and/or federal holidays observed in the Caldwell County Schools:

    • December 17 - Early Release Day that ends the 2nd 9-week grading period and the first semester of school.
    • December 20 - January 3 - Holiday Break (schools closed to students)
    • December 23, 24, and 27 - Christmas Holiday
    • December 31 - New Year's Holiday

    Students return on January 4, 2022, and January 5, 2022, for Caldwell Early College High School and Caldwell Applied Sciences Academy.

    Start making plans for a restful and enjoyable holiday season!

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  • School Safety Protocols and Procedures

    Face masks are optional for students and staff in grades K-12. Face coverings on buses and other school transportation are required as this is a federal mandate. Click here for more information on school procedures and protocols. 

    The Board of Education approved the Face Coverings policy (Policy 4231/5021/7263) on November 8, 2021. The policy defines parameters that determine whether face masks are required or optional. Face masks will be required whenever the COVID positivity rate for students and staff exceeds 0.5 percent within a three-week rolling average. The status of face masks will be announced on Fridays for the following week.


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  • Meals for Students

    All parents are encouraged to complete the ONLINE Free and Reduced Application. Click here. Meals will be free to all students again this school year. Families may also be entitled to benefits offered through other organizations such as the P-EBT. Apply today and don't miss out on any beneficial resources for your children.

    The continuation of providing no-cost healthy, nutritious meals is due to the USDA extending its flexibility and reimbursement for school meals through June 30, 2022. The school district distributed approximately 2.4 million meals during the pandemic from March 2020 to August 2021.

    The Child Nutrition Department is a self-supporting, enterprise business that is a division of the Caldwell County Schools and partially funded by the federal government (USDA) to support meal and milk service programs for students and children in Caldwell County.

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CCS Information and Updates

      Facts and Figures

      • Top 3 in the State CTE Program
      • 87% Graduation Rate
      • 10,735 Enrollment
      • 25 Schools
      • $16,038,300 College Scholarships (Class of 2021)
      • 14,490 College Credit Hours (Class of 2021)

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