North Carolina Status:
Gov. Roy Cooper and other state leaders announced on March 10, 2021, a new bill - SB 220 that will reopen all public schools in North Carolina for in-person learning.
Under the legislation, all elementary schools must operate under Plan A, which is full in-person learning. Local districts will have the option for Plan A or Plan B/hybrid learning for middle and high school students. Cooper said the bill would take effect 21 days after he signs it, estimating sometime around April 1.
Click here for a complete listing and explanation of executive orders issued by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper since March 10, 2020.
Public Health Data
The school district continues to work closely with the Caldwell County Health Department, community college, and Caldwell UNC Health Care to ascertain the most current health data. Procedures and protocols outlined by state health officials are being followed and together with school nurses and the Caldwell County Health Department, they are managing the welfare of children while at school. The team also ensures a healthy return for all students and staff when the new school year begins.
- Summary of COVID-19 in Caldwell County
- COVID-19 tracing tool - SlowCOVIDNC alerts users who have the app if they have been in close contact with an individual who later tested positive for COVID-19. It is voluntary to download and use and is designed to enhance the state's existing contact tracing efforts.
What are we Doing Now?
Preparing for the New School YearAs we plan to safely begin a new school year, there are questions regarding how the classroom environment will look. Presently, we are operating schools based on recommendations and requirements found in the state publication entitled StrongSchools NC Public Health Toolkit (K-12). We are awaiting further guidance on starting the 2021-2022 school year from Governor Roy Cooper in collaboration with the NC Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Public Instruction. Changes, if any, to the operations of schools may be announced as late as two or three weeks prior to the start date in August, which is cause for delay in the planning of back-to-school activities, such as orientations, open houses, etc. We are hopeful that decisions about school operations will be left to local school boards to make and implement.Any updates on existing protocols and procedures (mask wearing, social distancing, case reporting, etc.) will be shared with you immediately. Thank you for your patience and your cooperation as we continue to provide a safe and secure environment at school for all students, faculty, and staff.For students attending school on campus, safety protocols will be strictly observed and practiced by students, faculty, and staff.Visitors, volunteers, and activities involving external organizations will continue to be limited.For more guidance, go to the NC Public Health Toolkit (grades K-12)