Free Meals for All StudentsAll parents are encouraged to complete the ONLINE Free and Reduced Application. Click here. Meals will be free to all students again this year. However, families may 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.
Face MasksMask-wearing will be optional for students and staff in grades K-12 as we begin this year. Face Coverings on buses and other school transportation will be required as this is a federal mandate. Our bus routes will run on a more normal schedule.
Public Health Data
The school district continues to work closely with the Caldwell County Health Department and Caldwell UNC Health Care to ascertain the most current health trends. Procedures and protocols outlined by state health officials provide guidance in managing the welfare of children while at school. We are dedicated to 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.
Starting School Successfully
Starting the New School Year!As we plan to safely begin a new school year, there are questions regarding how the classroom environment will look. Presently, we are opening schools based on guidance found in the state publication entitled StrongSchools NC Public Health Toolkit (K-12). Wearing a face mask indoors on school grounds is required for students, staff, and visitors. If any student is experiencing symptoms of illness, parents must keep their child at home until the child is well. Modifications to the current health and safety protocols will occur if health conditions in our community or learning environment dramatically change.Any updates on existing protocols and procedures (mask-wearing, social distancing, case reporting, quarantine guidelines, 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 by students, faculty, and staff.Visitors and volunteer involvement will continue to be limited. All volunteers must be pre-approved and registered on Volunteer Tracker at caldwellschools.com.For more guidance on starting the school year successfully, go to the NC Public Health Toolkit (grades K-12)
We have some important reminders to share regarding the 2021-22 school year.
First, we will begin the school year with in-person learning, 5 days a week; however, there are some students in grades K-12 who will be participating in Caldwell Online, the virtual learning, which involved an application process during a designated timeframe.
Face masks are required for students and staff in grades K-12 as well as any visitors inside school or site facilities. Face Coverings on buses and other school transportation are also required as this is a federal mandate. Bus routes will run on a more normal schedule.
We will continue to coordinate with Caldwell County Health Department and follow the guidance of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services for contact tracing and case investigation. This process will look different this year. Specifically, if there is a COVID positive case identified in a student, if both the infectious student and their close student contacts were wearing their masks correctly throughout the day, the close student contact may not have to quarantine (this will be determined on a case-by-case basis). Additionally, a student or staff who volunteers to provide their COVID-19 vaccination status when named a close contact may not have to quarantine. If any student exhibits symptoms of COVID while at school, the student will be isolated and provided a mask to wear until picked up by a parent/guardian.
Other safety measures:
• Classrooms and high-touch areas will be cleaned and disinfected regularly.
• We will work to ensure as much physical distancing as possible throughout our buildings. Specifically, in common areas such as the cafeteria, there will be staggered seating where possible. Other areas in the building and outside will also be utilized for meals. Also, a reminder that breakfast and lunch will be FREE for all students for this upcoming school year. All parents are encouraged to complete the ONLINE Free and Reduced Application at caldwellschools.com. Meals will be free to all students again this year. However, families may be entitled to benefits offered through other organizations such as the P-EBT.
• Students and staff will continue to practice healthy handwashing and hand-sanitizing habits.
• While there won’t be required health screenings for staff and students to enter the building, we continue to ask parents to monitor their children for symptoms of COVID-19 and if they feel ill, they should stay home.