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    Pitt County Schools Road to Reopening

    Parents, 

    We know you have many questions about the reopening of school for the 2020-2021 school year! We understand, and we are dedicated to being authentic, informative and providing you the best answers we have as soon as we have them. Keep up with our Road to Reopening campaign here on our website or through our social media platforms. Check out the links to the left for more information as we prepare to begin school on August 17, 2020. 

    The latest Road to Reopening district updates will be posted here by date.  

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    September 18, 2020

    North Carolina Governor Announces Possible New Option for Elementary Students

    On Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 3pm, Governor Cooper and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) announced in a press conference that K-5 students can operate under Plan A on or after October 5th. As a system, we wanted to explain thoroughly what this means from the state and district level, as well as how PCS is responding.

    What are Plans A, B, C? What do they mean?

    The NCDHHS Strong Schools NC toolkit determines and defines each plan as the following:

    plans

    Click here for the full state guidance and all safety precautions under each plan.

    Schools across NC were allowed to operate under either Plan B or C as of the beginning of most schools on August 17, 2020. Most districts in Eastern North Carolina are currently operating under Plan C, or 100% remote learning. Click here for an interactive map compiled by an NC media outlet in August. Pitt County Schools recognizes that face-to-face instruction is the most ideal and effective environment for academic learning. PCS began instruction under the Plan B choice at the beginning of the 2020-21 school year. Gradually, PCS has been returning more and more students to face to face instruction as space has allowed under the safety guidelines of Plan B. 

    What did the Governor announce as a change for schools on September 17, 2020?

    On September 17, the Governor changed North Carolina’s Plan allowance for K-5 schools only. In-person instruction for K-5 students is allowed as an OPTION for NC school systems as early as October 5, 2020. Click here to access this press conference in full, in English and in Spanish. However, this is a local decision. School districts may choose to move to plan A, or to remain in Plan B or Plan C if those plans are best for students and families. No matter what the local decision may be, all parents still have the option for their students to remain in virtual learning. 

    What decision has PCS made? 

    As this was announced to all NC school systems and the public on September 17, 2020, at 3pm, no decisions have been made for PCS schools with elementary students. We are currently meeting and discussing the announcement and will continue to give updates as quickly as they are available. 

    If PCS chooses to move to Plan A for K-5 students, what will be different?

    • Plan A allows for more students in K-5 classrooms and on buses. Plan A recommends, but does not require, social distancing in the classroom or bus setting.

    • Due to additional student changes, PCS K-5 students may have to change teachers. Classmates may also be different. More students will be allowed in each classroom.

    • Due to altering bus routes, students may have to change buses.

    • School schedules may have to occur to accommodate for additional bus routes and other factors. 

    If PCS choose to move to Plan A for K-5 students, what will remain the same?

    • Masks will still be required by all students and staff while on school property and on buses

    • Symptom and temperature screening will also continue to be conducted daily.

    • Strict cleaning protocols will continue, according to state guidelines

    • Social distancing in the hallways and common areas will be practiced

    • Middle and High School students (including at K-8 schools) will continue to remain in Plan B. 

    • Students may still choose to remain virtual or change to virtual instruction at any time

    What happens now? When will parents know something?

    • The Governor announced the option on Thursday, September 17th for the first time to all school districts and the public. PCS staff and leadership began discussing logistics of the proposed plan immediately following the announcement. 

    • PCS Administration met with principals on Friday morning, September 18, 2020. 

    • A Teacher Advisory Council Meeting will be held the week of September 21, 2020. 

    • Principals will begin to speak with parents and staff about planning and preferences.

    • The Board may call a special-called (special-called means “in addition to previously scheduled and posted Board meetings”) meeting if a vote is needed during the week of September 21, 2020.

    • NC schools are not allowed to operate under Plan A at least until October 5th by any NC school system. So, no changes will be made until after a local decision is made on how to proceed.

    • Once a decision is made, if changes need to occur, the district will need time to plan transportation, new student schedules, new school times, etc. 

    • In the meantime, communications with parents will occur at the school and district level along the way. 

    Pitt County Schools is continuing to evolve and adjust to an ever-changing environment. If we have learned anything as a school system and as an essential community resource navigating a pandemic, it is that change is inevitable, and we must continue to adjust and flex in the most beneficial way for our students as we move forward. All decisions will be made with the safety and best academic interest of our students in mind.

     

    September 11, 2020

    Click here to read the latest district update, sent out on August 14, 2020, to families and staff members in our PowerSchool or HRMS data systems. Included in this message are:

    • Free eBooks and Audio books

    • Digital Learning Resources

    • Tech Support

    • Technology FAQs

    • Curbside Meal Schedule

     

    August 14, 2020

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    Click here to read the latest district update, sent out on August 14, 2020, to families and staff members in our PowerSchool or HRMS data systems. Included in this message are:

    • Links to A/B Calendars

    • Virtual Resources for Parents

    • Reopening Video- An Inside Look at Schools

    • Interview with our Operations Leaders

    • Mask Procedures

    • Bus Screening Form

    • School Supply Lists

    • Links to all of our Guiding Documents from the Department of Health and Human Services

     

     

    August 2, 2020

    Registration vs. Enrollment

    Parents: In reviewing registrations, we have discovered that a number of students have registered for schools for which they are not districted or approved to attend through previous enrollment. Registration does not take the place of enrollment in a school. If you have registered online for the fall semeter for a school for which you are not districted to attend, you will not be allowed to attend that school without proper enrollment paperwork on file. Again, the online registration completed for your child 's educational preferences this fall does not take the place of official enrollment in a school. If you need to enroll, please contact the school directly to begin the enrollment process. If you are unsure of which school your child is districted, visit this website: https://gis.pittcountync.gov/opis/#A or please contact Wanda Ward at 252-830-4255.

    Exceptional Children, 504, AIG, ELL and More

    Our partners at Parents for Public Schools of Pitt County sat down with leaders from many specialty areas to answer public questions about EC, 504, AIG, ELL and DHH preparation for students this fall. If you know what these acronyms mean, this video is for YOU! If you don't, please take this opportunity to learn the incredible ways our staff takes care of students with differing abilities by watching the video or clicking on the FAQ link below.

    Links:

    Video

    Q and A with Leaders

    FAQ document

     

    Pre-Kindergarten Programming

    Pre-K still has spots available for the fall! Interested in Pre K or know someone who has a child turning 4 before August 31? The application process, safety, scheduling and more are covered in this interview hosted by our partners at Parents for Public Schools of Pitt County. Even more questions can be accessed by clicking on the FAQ button below the video.

    Links:

    Video

    Q and A with Leaders

    FAQ document

     

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Frequently Asked Questions are being compiled from over 2000 open-ended responses we received from parent surveys in June and July of 2020. We will add new questions and answers by topic each week and as needed. Click for our FAQ page. Further FAQs will address safety, health screening, transportation, and more as we approach the beginning of the 2020-21 school year that begins on August 17, 2020.

    We are Pitt County Schools Strong!

     

    July 23, 2020

    Following the state announcement for schools to proceed to plan B for reopening schools, we are now accepting REGISTRATION for students so parents can indicate their personal choice for instruction and transportation for students at every school in Pitt County. Parents, So we can plan effectively, please fill out this registration form today (no later than June 27, 2020). Again, please fill out the STUDENT REGISTRATION form for every student in your household as soon as possible to reserve your preferences and help us prepare our space, our teachers, and our resources. We care about our students, staff and parents, and we will continue to be Pitt County Schools Strong as we move to the first day of school on August 17, 2020.

    REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS JUNE 27, 2020.

    Questions? Click HERE for an explanation of Plan B and virtual learning options for the 2020-2021 school year.

     

    July 20, 2020

    Pitt County Schools Staff, Parents, Students and Community Members:

    Today, the Pitt County School Board, under the advisement of Dr. Silvernail, the Director of the Pitt County Health Department, and the administrative leadership at Pitt County Schools, voted to begin the option of Plan B for students regarding the fall semester that begins on August 17, 2020. As we have stated before, parents have many options for learning, whether that is face to face (Plan B, limited capacity, alternating weeks) or completely virtual/remote learning from home. It is our goal to provide as many options as is possible under the guidelines we have been given by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, the North Carolina School Board Association, and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. For an explanation of Plan B learning options, please access this video:

     

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    Click the photo above or here to access the full video

    Please register your child by July 27th to ensure staffing, scheduling and and transportation can be accurately planned and activated before the beginning of school. The registration link can be found by clicking here or by visiting any of our individual school's websites. FAQs on Curriculum and Instruction, Learning Options and more are coming out this week in further posts. 

    July 14, 2020

    Pitt County Schools Staff, Parents, Students and Community Members:

    PCS has been planning diligently for months regarding the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. Today, Governor Cooper and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the State School Board announced that schools are released to operate under Plan B for the reopening of schools beginning on August 17, 2020. 

     

    What is Plan B?

    Specifically, Plan B includes (but is not limited to):

    -reduced capacity of students and staff in schools at one time

    -masks required of all students and staff, K-12

    -5 reusable, cloth masks provided by the state to students and staff

    -daily/regular cleaning and sanitizing of facilities

    -daily temperature and symptom screening of students and staff 

    -social distancing to be utilized as a protection in school/office buildings or on buses

    -parent choice offered for online learning 

    (For more information on Plans A, B, or C, please see the resources at the bottom of this page).

     

    What are the district’s next steps? 

    PCS is thankful a decision on moving forward has been made by the state. Once our district-level plans are determined, this will help us focus our efforts and allow us to be clear in our communications to staff, students and parents. 

    Notably, school districts can choose to operate under the current recommendation (Plan B), or a more restrictive option (Plan C). Districts are not allowed to operate under a less restrictive environment (Plan A), however. Our Board will vote on the recommendations from district leaders regarding how Plan B or Plan C will be implemented for Pitt County Schools on Monday, July 20, 2020. 

    Currently, the PCS recommendation for reduced capacity under Plan B is for students to rotate between in-school and at-home learning on alternating weeks. The Board could also determine the more restrictive option, Plan C, or 100% remote learning, is more feasible. Parents will continue to be able to choose  individually, however, and can choose remote learning instead of in-person learning if desired. Remote learning options include Scheduled Time learning, Anytime learning, or Independent learning. These options are explained in our Road to Reopening communication and more information will be released in the coming days. 

     

    What can parents do?

    We understand parents have many questions and concerns, and we ask for patience as we determine Plan B or C, finalize logistics and begin to roll out what the chosen plan will look like at Pitt County Schools. We ask that fill out the return to school registration form as soon as possible at this link: https://bit.ly/PCS2020Registration. This will help PCS adequately plan for our classroom spaces, our staffing, and student transportation. 

    We will continue to keep parents, staff and community members informed through our website, our social media channels, and other media outlets. Please follow our “Road to Reopening” campaign at https://bit.ly/PCSRoadToReopening for the latest information from Pitt County Schools. 

    We are and will continue to be Pitt County Schools Strong together. 

     

    Additional RESOURCES:

    2020-2021 PCS Parent/Student Registration form

    NCDHHS Strong Schools Toolkit

    Strong Schools Toolkit, Parent FAQs

    NCDPI and NCSBE Lighting Our Way Forward Guidance for Opening Schools

     

    June 30, 2020

    What CHOICES do Parents and Students Have for Instruction for the Fall of 2020? 

    Based on PARENT FEEDBACK, we are offering lots of parent and student choice for instruction for the upcoming school year. Click on the photo below to view the video explanation for how parents can choose instruction for face-to-face, remote, or online learning based on the NC Department of Instruction's guidance to proceed to Plan A, Plan B, or Plan C. 

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    Parent choices for instruction

    June 25, 2020

    What Can Parents and Students Do To Prepare?

    While parents and students waiting for state and school district reopening plans, there ARE several things that can be done this summer:

    1. Keep up academic skills and avoid the "summer slide" by using these resources: (EC resources also included) https://bit.ly/PCSsummerlearning

    2. Take our Parent Survey to voice your opinions, thoughts and concerns about the 2020-2021 academic school year. Here's the survey: https://bit.ly/PCSParentSurvey2020

    3. Make sure your child's IMMUNIZATIONS are up to date. State law requires immunizations for entering Kindergarten, 7th grade, and now 12th grade (new immunization required for 12th grade this school year). Click here to view a video about immunizations your child may need.

    4. Sign up for PCS Social Media and enable notifications to get the most up-to-date and timely announcements. Continue to follow the Road to Reopening campaign on our website by clicking this link. Don't forget to bookmark the link!

     

    Video about immunizations

     

     Click here to take our PARENT SURVEY

    June 18, 2020

    PCS Launches Road to Reopening Campaign to Keep Parents Informed

    Click on the photo below to learn more about the first steps to reopening school on August 17, 2020, as directed by the NC Department of Health and Human Services, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, and the North Carolina State Board of Education. How will PCS reopen schools in August? We begin the conversation here. Check back each Thursday for a new video and more district updates. We are Pitt County Schools Strong! 

    Road to reopening

     

    June 17, 2020 

    PCS Receives Guidance from NC Health and Education Governing Bodies

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    Guidance has been released from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, as of June 8th. Our health experts at NCDHHS help us make decisions on how to safely reopen schools. Click here to access the toolkit and read the guidance along with PCS. 

    Topics included in this guidebook:

    -Social Distancing

    -Cloth Face Coverings

    -Protecting Vulnerable Populations

    -Cleaning and Hygiene

    -Monitoring for Symptoms

    -Transportation

    -Coping and Resilience

    ...and much more

     

    Most notably, Pitt County Schools is working hard to develop THREE required plans, according to this guidance:

     

    abc plans

     

    A sister document, compiled by our educational governing bodies, NC Department of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education, gives further clarity on reopening plans.

     

    lighting our way forward

    This document is designed by our state's educational leaders to help districts comply safely withing the DHHS guidelines for reopening schools. To see what plans A, B, or C may look like, click here. 

     

    These documents may begin to answer many of your questions! Again, come along with us and familiarize yourself with the guidance we have been given to open schools safely in the fall. 

     

    Important Date: Our governing bodies will indicate by July 1, 2020 which plans school systems across the state must follow, Plan A, Plan B, or Plan C.