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    May 22, 2020 

    Letters for Parents Released- Grades, Report Cards, Continued Instructional Resources

     

    Please click on the appropriate letters below regarding grades, report cards and continued instructional resources:

    Grades K-5 Parent Letter 

    (Spanish)

     

    Grades K-8 Parent Letter

    (Spanish)

     

    Grades 6-8 Parent Letter

    (Spanish)

     

    Grades 9-12 Parent Letter

    (Spanish)

     

    Reminder of previous announcement:

    Remote delivery of new instructional material ends on May 22 to allow dedicated time for teachers to complete required end-of-year conferences with students and parents, provide student feedback for all work completed before and after the period that remote instruction began, and assess student work and academic growth that occurred during remote instruction. Remote learning will continue with supplemental resources on our district website until June 5th, our last student instructional day. In the event parents need paper copies of those resources online, they should contact their school. Teachers will remain in contact with families. The last workday for teachers will be June 10, the same date that was scheduled before school buildings were closed for in-person instruction by the Governor. Note: Our two Early Colleges will follow their instructional calendar.

     

    K-12 Instructional Resources

    Click here for instructional resources for May 26 through June 5, 2020.

    These resources will be accessible throughout the summer as well.

     

    May 15, 2020 

    Tentative Graduation Plan Released

    Please click on this link to access Pitt County Schools Tentative Graduation Plan

    Escuelas del Condado de Pitt 2020 * Provisional * Calendario de Graduación

     

    May 5, 2020 

    Grading, End of Year, Staff Appreciation

    Remote delivery of new instructional material ends on May 22 to allow dedicated time for teachers to complete required end-of-year conferences with students and parents, provide student feedback for all work completed before and after the period that remote instruction began, and assess student work and academic growth that occurred during remote instruction. Remote learning will continue with supplemental resources on our district website until June 5th, our last student instructional day. In the event parents need paper copies of those resources online, they should contact their school. Teachers will remain in contact with families. The last workday for teachers will be June 10, the same date that was scheduled before school buildings were closed for in-person instruction by the Governor. Note: Our two Early Colleges will follow their instructional calendar.

    Just this week, Pitt County Schools has released a document that explains the state regulations about grading policies and how we, as a school system will implement those policies. Click on this link to see this document for full explanations about how grades will be calculated for the end of the 2020 school year.

    Regarding any devices you may have borrowed for remote instruction, after May 22nd, your schools will be contacting you about the return of Chromebooks. Also, students in music classes, please look for messages from your music teachers about how to return your school instruments. 

    Finally, we have lots to celebrate as a school system. Last Friday was Principal Appreciation Day as well as our School Nutrition “School Heroes” Day. This week, we are celebrating school nurses and tomorrow, Wednesday, is School Nurses Appreciation Day. This week is also Teacher Appreciation Week. Today, Tuesday, in recognition of the impact of teachers, citizens across North Carolina will be turning on a light in their homes to honor the “light” that all educators bring to our students. Please participate by turning on a porch light or other lights around your home at 8:20 this evening and leave them on for 20 minutes. Again, turn your lights on at 8:20pm this evening in honor of the teacher leaders in our community. We will also be turning on our lights at our school stadiums across the county to appreciate our teachers AND to appreciate the role that you as parents have played as facilitators of your student’s education at home during this pandemic. 

    Please continue to follow us on social media as some of our students have compiled messages for our teachers and our staff as well. As we move to the end of the school year, please continue to stay engaged and remember, we are Pitt County Schools Strong!

    Note: We are prioritizing our seniors and will be releasing information on graduation next week. Please be patient with us as we seek guidance on how to safely and honorably celebrate the class of 2020! 

     

    Grading Documents: 

    page 1 policies     policies page 2           

     

    Click this link for a READABLE PDF of this file. 

    Click this link for a SPANISH VERSION of this file.

     

    For Reference:

    State Board of Education Bulletin on Grading Recommendations

    COVID-19 NCDPI Recommendation for Statewide Grading K-11

    COVID-19 NCDPI Recommendation for Statewide Grading for Seniors

     

     

    April 24, 2020 

    School Buildings to Remain Closed, Remote Instruction to Continue

    On April 24, Governor Cooper announced that North Carolina school buildings will remain closed while remote instruction will continue for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year. Following state recommendations, we will continue remote learning for all students, K-12. Pitt County Schools will continue meal service as well. 

    Click to read the documents here:

    Release from North Carolina Department of Public Instruction on 4/24/2020

    Statement from the State School Board Chairman on 4/24/2020

    “Pitt County Schools has shown that we are up to the challenge of remote learning, and we will continue to meet the demands of engaging as many students as possible through the end of the academic school year. I've seen the lessons and work teachers are providing to students, and I’m amazed at the creativity of our staff members. It’s obvious that our teachers and school staff miss our students and are working to connect with them. At the same time, we know parents are spending a lot of time managing at-home schooling in addition to the demands of daily life during this health crisis. We appreciate the efforts of our families to do their best to keep students engaged during this time. This has been a tremendous challenge for all of us," says PCS Superintendent, Dr. Ethan Lenker.

    "We are prioritizing our current conversations to include how to hold graduations for our seniors and how to organize our curriculum for the following school year. We hope schools will reopen next school year because we know that face-to-face instruction is the best learning environment for all students. Right now, we are planning on how to ensure students who have missed content this year will be served next year. We are also discussing possibilities of how we can serve students in the summer through a variety of programs.”

    More information will be released in the coming days, as we plan and process what the remainder of the year will look like including, but not limited to, the following:

    • Graduation
    • Next year’s curriculum
    • Scheduling and registration
    • Athletics 

    We echo the Governor and State Board's praise of the resiliency of parents, students, teachers, principals counselors, social workers, school nutrition workers, school psychologists, custodians, bus drivers, specialists and many more who have worked tirelessly since initial school closures on March 13, 2020. We are all in this together, and we are Pitt County Schools Strong! 

     

    April 23, 2020 

    Grading Recommendations from the Department of Public Instruction

    The State Board of Education has received and approved the following grading recommendations from the Department of Public Instruction for the 19/20 academic school year. This is a skeletal plan, and more guidance on implementation of this plan is expected from NCDPI. We are meeting with principals and directors to discuss these recommendations. When we receive further guidance from NCDPI, we will be able to further define what this means for Pitt County Schools students and how this plan will be implemented for our school system. Further, Governor Cooper has not made an announcement on closing or resuming school beyond May 15, 2020, but an announcement is expected tomorrow. 

    Click to read the following documents:

    State Board of Education Bulletin on Grading Recommendations

    COVID-19 NCDPI Recommendation for Statewide Grading K-11

    COVID-19 NCDPI Recommendation for Statewide Grading for Seniors

    Grading FAQs

    Frequently-Asked Questions PDF Readable File

     

    seniors FAQs

     

    PDF Readable File of FAQs for Seniors 

     

     

    April 21, 2020 

    Welcome Back!

    IMPORTANT MEAL DISTRIBUTION UPDATES

    • Deliveries by bus are still operating in all attendance areas.

    • Every attendance area still includes at least one school pick-up site (with a shorter time frame) though official/extended "Grab and Go" sites are closed.

    • Over 320,000 meals have been served since March 16, 2020.

    • We continue to thank our school heroes working every day in Pitt County Schools. 

     

    April 9, 2020 

    Spring Break

    • Pitt County Schools will be observing previously scheduled Spring Break, April 10-17.

    • Schools will be closed, and there will be no remote instruction for our traditional schools.

    • Early College High Schools will still be in session.

    TV Show- Eastern Carolina Education Connection Airs Next Week

    • Eastern Carolina Education Connection, brought to you by Pitt County Schools, hosted by WNCT, and airtime sponsored by the RICCI law firm, will begin airing next week.

    • The show features Pitt County Schools teachers, the focus is reading and literacy, and our target audience is Kindergarten through 3rd grade.

    • Eastern Carolina Education Connection begins on April 13th and runs Monday-Friday from 12:00-12:30 on WNCT's sister station, the CW- channel 9.2.

    Meals Continue Over Spring Break

    • We have served over 250,000 meals to the children of Pitt County, ages 1-18, since schools closed on March 16th.

    • We ARE still providing meals for children over Spring Break, with a few changes-

    • Today, three meals were served (2 lunches and a breakfast) in order to cover meals for tomorrow, Friday, April 10th, when we are closed.

    • School sites will be closed on Monday, April 13th as well, and our meal services will be back up and running on Tuesday, April 14th. 

    • Our grab and go sites will be closed over break, but our bus schedules will still be in effect throughout our attendance areas.

    • Please see our website for specific bus stops and schedules. Or, check this link: bit.ly/PCSMeals

    Post Card

    • ALL Pitt County Schools families should receive a post card in the mail today or tomorrow with all of the information in English and in Spanish on how to keep in contact with us and where to find information.

    • As always, our main source of information is going to be our website, our social media, or our recorded line at 252-830-3500.

     

    Families- Enjoy each other, get outside together, read some books together, play games, watch the Eastern Carolina Education Connection show together and generally take care of each other and your neighbors over break.

    We will see you back online for remote instruction on Monday, April 20th.

    As always, we are #PittCountySchoolsStrong

     

    April 2, 2020

    Remote Learning Activated 

    • Our Mission is to engage as many students as possible so vital instruction and learning can continue

    • Parents: Thank you for your patience and participation!

    • We have given out over 3000 devices, countywide (through each school)

    • No internet access? Packets are available to parents. Contact the teacher or school.

    • We are tracking student participation and will use this as a vehicle to check on students, make sure they have resources. No official attendance is allowed to be recorded in PowerSchool. 

    • Grading: Advisement on grading is coming from the Department of Public Instruction. We are sitting through webinars this week and determining the next steps for PCS and will communicate all of that to families soon. 

    Spring Break

    • PCS will have our previously scheduled Spring Break. April 10-17th

    • No remote instruction during spring break

    • Still serving meals with the help of the community that week

    Graduation Ceremonies

    • Many large events during the COVID 19 health crisis have been postponed, modified, or put on hold indefinitely throughout our community. We are all facing the same dilemmas with events like proms & graduation.

    • Currently, since school has only been officially closed until May 15th, we have not made any official decisions to reschedule or cancel graduation. 

    • We are certainly having conversations about what it will look like and we will be keeping everyone informed! 

    • We are prioritizing seniors- This doesn’t mean they won’t graduate- it might just look different

    Grab and Go meal sites, bus routes still going strong 

    • Over 130,000 meals served since 3/16

    • Sites are subject to change at any time, as we reassess how to safely and efficiently serve children 1-18

    • We thank our School Heroes: Our School Nutrition Department, cafeteria workers, transportation employees, teacher assistants, principals and assistant principals, custodians, and other employees who have pitched in.

    Community Assistance and Help

    • We have received lots of help and offers to help from the community and are grateful! 

    • Parents for Public Schools of Pitt County has helped us organize the community efforts for the most part. Thank you PPS of PC! 

    • Thank you to many who have reached out to help: Churches Outreach Network, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Clemons Law Firm, Ricci Law Firm, CND Photography, Something2Somebody, Eastern Pines Church, Koinonia Church, Ignite Church, Oakmont Baptist Church, Fleet Feet, Thermo Fisher, Texas Road House, Sup Dogs, Villa Verde, The Scullery, Wasabi 88, Roadrunner Cafe, KFC, Taft Office Supply, Parents for Public Schools Board and Members 

    • Our volunteers have donated: Bags and trays for food, extra food for the weekends, school supplies, funds, household supplies, diapers, storage space, TV air time and much more!

    For the Latest PCS Information

    • Website: www.pittschools.org  Look at the top of the page for COVID 19 resources or click on MENU on your phone to find those resources.

    • Our social media: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

    • Information Hotline for the most up-to-date recorded message at 252-830-3500.

     

    March 29, 2020

    In less than 24 hours, we will embark on a new adventure and provide online, extended learning to all of our students. Please make sure your student logs in to my.ncedcloud.org to check the Canvas app for daily announcements and extended learning activities for all classes. We can’t wait to get started with you! We do ask for your patience with us, with your school, and with our teachers as we begin educating our students virtually while schools are closed during this time.

    We are also averaging 14,000 meals a day and have served over 100,000 meals since March 17th. Breakfast and Lunch are served once per day at Grab and Go sites and by bus throughout Pitt County. Meal sites are subject to change as we most efficiently serve our community. 

    As always, for the latest information about online learning or meal distribution, click on the links here, go to the top of this website, check our social media accounts, or call the PCS Information Hotline for a recorded message at 252-830-3500. We are- #PittCountySchoolsStrong.

     

    March 25, 2020

    This week, Pitt County and the City of Greenville have announced Go Home, Stay Home and Stop the Spread orders across our communities. We are adhering to these orders, as we hope you are, and are limiting all personnel in our buildings to essential staff who are providing essential tasks only. Teachers are encouraged to work remotely to provide online instruction beginning Monday, March 30th. Believe me, they can’t wait to get started, to connect with PCS students and to help parents by supporting the education of all students while at home. 

    Today, Wednesday, was the first day of distribution of Chromebooks to students with access to the internet, but without access to appropriate devices. Thank you for your patience with this process, as we work to get necessary devices in the hands of students who need them. Please note that we are only allowing one device per household at this time, and all arrangements should be made through contacting your student’s home school. As we distribute chromebooks and determine the needs across the district, we will reassess and redistribute as needed while our supplies last. 

    Special Notice: Zoom and other similar digital platforms are used during online instruction. Parents, please monitor computer use at home and contact your child's school, in writing, if you wish for your child to opt out of virtual educational contact. Paper packets of materials can be requested by contacting your child's teacher. Paper packets are also available for those who have no internet access and can also be requested at the school level.

    Grab and Go meal sites are still in operation in all attendance areas as well as meal distribution by school bus to area stops. Last week, we distributed around 40,000 meals, while this week, we have already served and distributed 42,000 meals for the children of Pitt County. We are constantly being assisted by our community by adding donated school supplies to our routes as well as receiving crucial items like food trays from local restaurants in order to keep up this vital service to our community. 

    Students and families, we miss you, and we are dedicated to serving you and to stay connected with you during this unique and challenging time! 

    For the latest informational updates on our meal grab and go sites, our bus routes, our online learning plan, Chromebook distribution, and other announcements, check the top of the web page- COVID 19 resources. Also, utilize our social media platforms-Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or by calling our Information Hotline for the most up-to-date recorded message at 252-830-3500. 

    Above all, never forget that together we are Pitt County and #PittCountySchoolsStrong. 

     

    March 23, 2020 (4:30pm)

    Based on today’s recommendations from the Governor of North Carolina and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Pitt County Schools will continue to be closed for in-person instruction through May 15, 2020. The Pitt County Department of Public Health also issued new advisories today for non-essential establishments to close in our County while essential services can remain in operation. 

    We know you have many questions regarding what this means for Pitt County Schools, our students, our staff, and our families.

    MEALS AND OUR SCHOOL BUILDINGS

    First, providing meals for children ages 1-18 in Pitt County is an essential service, and the school buildings that provide these services will remain open, just as our county’s restaurants and grocery stores will remain open to continue the supply of food to our citizens. We are continuing our grab and go meal services at many of our sites and our school bus meal distribution. Please check our website for the latest schedules and sites at www.pittschools.org. Last week, we served 40,000 meals in Pitt County, and we are now averaging 12,000 meals served per day. The state’s education system as a whole provided over 1 million meals statewide. Our state and local leaders believe it is vital that our schools remain open for this purpose. In order to maintain safety, we have reduced our staff in each building to include only those who are essential in keeping these programs running while also keeping our staff and parents informed and provided with necessary nutritional or educational supplies.

    INSTRUCTION

    Regarding instruction, communication from our State Superintendent is that we will remain closed for IN-PERSON instruction through May 15, 2020. This means we will continue operating under our current status of providing OPTIONAL learning opportunities for our students. Our State’s Governor and State Superintendent of Schools commended our educators and specialists for working to provide educational resources and to create extended online learning plans in order to reach our students. Therefore, Pitt County Schools will continue providing educational resources and will be utilizing Virtual resources beginning Monday, March 30th in order to engage as many students as possible. Teachers and staff are training virtually this week to reduce the number of employees in any one building. When educators or staff members are required (or request) to be in a building to perform essential tasks, we are practicing social distancing. Our school sites are also continuing to be regularly cleaned and disinfected per CDC guidelines. Our teachers and our staff members have been working tirelessly to provide both safe environments and continued rich instruction, and they deserve to be commended for these efforts.

    ONLINE INSTRUCTION

    For instruction beginning on Monday, March 30th, there are several options for parents and students in order to provide the most equitable SUPPLEMENTAL education possible. Teachers will begin virtual instruction through several online platforms and will be in touch with students and parents through their Pitt County Schools email addresses or other means, depending on the age level of the student and the school. Our website will also be a great resource. Please look for COVID-19 Virtual Learning at the top of the page by Wednesday of this week for comprehensive information. 

    FOR THOSE WHO NEED DEVICES

    For those who have access to the internet, but do not have access to DEVICES, we will begin to distribute one device per household for students to access online learning. Devices, device contracts and device instructions will be distributed at each school site beginning Wednesday of this week. Please check our website by Wednesday for device requests and online forms as well. We thank many local providers for extending internet access at a reduced rate or free for our students and families temporarily. Please contact internet providers in your local community to access the internet if it is available in your area.

    FOR THOSE WITHOUT INTERNET SERVICE

    We realize that there are several spots within Pitt County without the capability of internet access and many families will need alternative means of education. Therefore, we are providing comparable paper packets of material provided UPON REQUEST from families. Families should contact their home school to request packets of information. Please communicate with those you know and with your neighbors to make sure all families have this information so we can provide the widest possible extension of education in Pitt County.

    FOR STUDENTS OF VARYING ABILITIES

    We also realize that all of our students operate on varied levels, methods, and capacities for learning. We are working diligently so that all children of all abilities have access to excellent educational resources. Our Exceptional Children’s department staff, district staff, school counselors, school psychologists and school social workers are all working to provide extra educational resources and assistance to our students as well. This information will also be available on our website, as we desire to be a comprehensive resource to parents who are now assisting in a child’s education in the home more than ever during this unprecedented time. 

    TESTING AND GRADING

    Regarding student grades and testing, as of today, our state is working on requesting testing waivers. Please see the requests listed on the COVID-19 District Updates section of our website for further details. Today, the Governor did mention prioritizing this year’s senior class in order to ensure the students of the class of 2020 can graduate and continue into further education, the workforce, or other endeavors next year. We agree that this year’s seniors are a priority for Pitt County Schools and our high schools will continue to provide comprehensive information regarding the class of 2020. 

    PITT COUNTY AND PITT COUNTY SCHOOLS STRONG

    Finally, remember that as the landscape of our community is changing as rapidly as the landscape of education, we are all in this together as valued community members. Pitt County Schools will continue to be a vital community connection and we appreciate your support. We are Pitt County and Pitt County Schools Strong.

     

    March 23, 2020 (2pm)

    Governor Cooper's summary for schools as of 1pm 3/23/2020:
    Schools closed for K-12 IN-PERSON instruction until May 15. Online instruction encouraged. PCS is working hard and will have more updates soon...

     

    Email from State Superintendent Mark Johnson

    From: Mark Johnson <mark.johnson@dpi.nc.gov>
    Date: March 23, 2020 at 12:51:19 PM EDT
    Subject: All schools closed until at least May 15

    All – the governor will be announcing today at 1:00 that all schools will remain in the current status of closed for instructional purposes until at least May 15.

    This decision was not made lightly but is the correct decision based on this rapidly evolving crisis.

    Thank you all and all the public servants who work in our schools across the state. For many educators and parents, last week felt like an entire month. So much had to be accomplished in such a short amount of time.

    It became clear that this was going to be a multi month event. So, at the same time we focused on preparing meals and remote learning, DPI also started to prepare for the work ahead.

    We already have teams who have started the plans for schools and legislative requests for everything that students being out of school until May or longer will require.

    We will now make those teams and that work official. And, they will start working with you, the Governor’s team, the State Board of Education, and the General Assembly on what comes next.

    Please take care of yourselves, and forward this email and our gratitude as you like to other public servants working so hard for North Carolina right now.

     

    Mark Johnson

    NC Superintendent

    North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

     

    State Board of Education Seeks Federal Testing Waiver

    March 23, 1:18pm

    Click here to read the briefing

     

    Pitt County Enhances COVID-19 State of Emergency Declaration

    Posted March 23, 2020

    Click here for the Declaration

     

    March 22, 2020


    In order to serve our community most efficiently, NEW meal schedule and grab and go sites for this week are now posted. CLICK HERE 

    March 19, 2020

    Pitt County Schools has been and will continue to be up front with communication and assistance to the public during the Coronavirus health crisis. Therefore, we are promptly informing you that one of our PCS employees, who works at North Pitt High School, has tested positive for COVID-19 Coronavirus. Employment laws prohibit us from identifying the employee, however, we can share that the employee has not been on any PCS campus for more than a week and has no children or immediate family members currently enrolled or working in the school system. Upon receiving notification, we immediately communicated with employees and have shut down the campus of North Pitt High School. We are disinfecting and cleaning the building per the advisement and guidelines provided by the Pitt County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). To the extent our employee may have interacted with people affiliated with our school system, we are working with the Health Department to identify these individuals and to provide notice to them. 

    We will continue to work with the Health Department, and take responsive measures if we are informed of any additional cases involving PCS staff or students. 

    For all of your questions regarding COVID-19, precautions, and general information, please consult credible sources first such as the Centers for Disease Control, the Department of Health and Human Resources, and the Pitt County Department of Public Health. 

    Here is a Comprehensive List of COVID-19 Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions from the DHHS of North Carolina: https://www.ncdhhs.gov/covid-19/faq

     

    Frequently Asked Questions From Pitt County Schools

    Currently, we are receiving many similar questions and wish to take this opportunity to answer them to the best of our ability. 

    Why doesn't Pitt County Schools completely shut down?

    Members of the public have often asked that we shut down all schools and suspend our operations. We hear and understand your concern. The dilemmas and decisions our community, businesses and all school systems across the nation are facing is unprecedented. We feel that if the school system were to completely suspend its operations, we would leave some of the most vulnerable children in Pitt County without daily meals or education. We are not ok with that, and we will continue to serve those needs while using the utmost precaution until we are advised otherwise.

    We also know that providing no educational services to our students if we are closed down for a longer period of time will result in further regression of student progress. We do not want this for our students or community, and we are working on a comprehensive virtual plan with modifications for those with no internet access.  We will continue to follow guidance from Governor Cooper and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction regarding continued education of our students.

    Are employees safe if they come to work?

    These are uncertain times, and we cannot guarantee any individual's safety. We have encouraged our staff to make their own personal health choices. As a district, we have taken precautions to reduce the spread of infection in our schools and offices by having staff undertake flu outbreak cleaning protocols that focus on disinfecting surfaces, especially high touch surfaces. We are also following national and state guidelines, discouraging in-person gatherings with multiple individuals and are encouraging staff to practice appropriate social distancing. We are also having as many staff as possible work from home to further promote social distancing and are advising staff who display any symptoms to remain at home. With these measures, we hope to reduce the spread of infection and help our employees stay well.

    Are meals prepared and delivered to students safe?

    Our school nutrition staff follows health department guidelines regarding the safe preparation of food when preparing and distributing meals. To the extent that non-school nutrition staff have been brought in to help deliver meals, we have provided training to these staff members regarding appropriate food handling practices. We ask that all staff showing any symptoms of gastrointestinal illness or the flu refrain from working until they are no longer symptomatic or for a period set by the health department, whichever is longer.  

    As the public is aware, an employee of Pitt County Schools who works at North Pitt High School has tested positive for Coronavirus. The employee had not been on site at North Pitt for over a week, but after being notified of the employee's illness, we immediately shut down North Pitt as a food preparation site. The school will be cleaned on Friday, and we will make a decision as to whether to resume preparing meals at the school or continue to prepare these meals at Wellcome Middle School.

    Will we shut schools down for the rest of the school year like other states?

    During this time of uncertainty, we are awaiting guidance from Governor Cooper and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction as to whether schools will remain closed beyond March 30, 2020.  We understand that Governor Cooper is recommending that gatherings of 50 or more individuals be suspended for the next 6 to 8 weeks, and we believe that this is likely to mean that schools will remain closed during that time period. In anticipation of continued school closure, we are preparing to offer online instruction to the greatest extent possible to students during any extended period of school closure.

    What are we doing to clean schools and specifically, North Pitt High School?

    We are following the guidelines of the Pitt County Health Department and our own internal protocols for cleaning all of our facilities during a flu outbreak. Our own internal protocols and the guidance of the local health department are also consistent with CDC guidance for cleaning. Primarily, this guidance instructs us to use a disinfectant to clean surfaces.  Although there is no data as to whether any disinfectant product kills COVID-19, the product that we are using to disinfect our schools kills viruses. 

    Regarding North Pitt High School, we have shut down the site, and no one will enter the school for 24 hours. On Friday, March 20, our staff will go in and clean and disinfect the entire school.  After this cleaning, no one will be permitted to enter the building again until Monday, March 23.

     

    Press Release from the Pitt County Health Department                 

    Pitt County Office of Public Information

    March 19, 2020                                                        

    For Immediate Release                                          

    Pitt County Reports First Confirmed Case of COVID-19

    Health Department notified on Wednesday, patient with mild symptoms in isolation

    (Pitt County) – On Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 8:00 AM, Pitt County Health Director, Dr. John Silvernail was notified by a local physician that Pitt County has a positive case of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Public Health officials are currently learning more about this case and will begin following up with individuals who may have been exposed.

    This individual is an adult male who traveled out of state and is believed to have acquired the infection during this travel. He is now in isolation and is recovering at home. 

    Dr. Silvernail will address this case, along with all County response efforts moving forward, during the next COVID-19 Media Session today (Thursday) at 3:15 PM. The Pitt County Health Department Response Plans have already been put into activation, and actions are being taken to further limit and identify potential further spreading. Silvernail also stresses the importance community members have in helping prevent the transmission of infections, through actions such as: 

    • Avoiding Panic: Most cases of COVID-19 have mild symptoms with full recoveries.  Panic only hinders you from taking care of yourself or your family.

    • Good Hygiene: Washing hands often; covering coughs; and avoiding others if you get sick, so as not to spread any infection you may have is important.

    • Avoid Smoking/Vaping: Smoking or vaping irritates the respiratory system making it easier for infections to invade your body.

    • Social Distancing: A newly common term, practicing “social distancing” can be effective.  Avoid participation in events with multiple people, and maintain a safe personal space between yourself and others.

    For the latest information on Pitt County’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, visit: www.PittCountyNC.gov/Coronavirus.

     

    March 18, 2020

    What a day! Instructional Packets for those who do not have online access were delivered to schools today by the hundreds AND 37 buses delivered meals today making it possible for over 11,000 people to have a meal today. Meals have been given to over 15,000 children since school closures on Monday. Those are incredible statistics that show in just a few short days, your Pitt County Schools team is working hard to ensure the education and nutrition of the children of Pitt County are taken care of during this uncertain time. We are proud to be Pitt County Schools Strong. 

     

    Here are today’s updates for meals and instruction for Pitt County Schools:

    Meal Pick-up for Thursday and Friday of this week-

    -We will keep Elementary and Middle Schools OPEN through this FRIDAY for Grab and Go CurbSide meal pickup. 

    -Breakfast 8-9am, Lunch 11am-1pm



    Meal Deliveries for Thursday and Friday of this week-

    -High Schools are hubs for meal delivery to each attendance areas. 

    -Meal delivery bus schedules for each attendance area are posted on each school’s social media accounts, or you can access the meal delivery schedules at this link: http://bit.ly/PCSFeeds

    -Two meals will be delivered by bus at one time during the middle of the day each day-lunch for the current day and breakfast for the next day. We will distribute meals until they run out.

     

    Extended Learning Packets

    EXTRA educational learning packets are NOW available on our website and at all schools if a family does not have online access. Pick up a packet during meal times, during the school day, or call the school if you have extenuating circumstances. Meal delivery school buses will also have learning packets each day for families who need them.

     

    As always, you can access the most current information by visiting our social media accounts or our website at www.pittschools.org, or by calling 252-830-3500. 

    Thank you for your cooperation and patience during this time. We care about you and the children of Pitt County. We are all Pitt County Strong!

     

    March 17, 2020

    Today, we are so impressed by the ways our staff and community have responded this week to the current health crisis. Our teachers are hosting online book readings and virtual museum tours for students. Our principals are recording messages on social media so children can see familiar faces and hear familiar voices. Our school nutrition staff and transportation staff have rallied to prep meals and create meal delivery schedules. Our instructional specialists have created high-quality content in core subjects for students, have posted them online and printed hundreds of packets. We are also hearing of more and more community members offering free services or help our neighbors in need. We are continuously reminded that we are all Pitt County Stronger TOGETHER

     

    Here are today’s updates for meals and instruction for Pitt County Schools:

     

    Meal Pick-up for Wednesday, March 17- Friday, March 20

    -We will keep Elementary and Middle Schools OPEN through this FRIDAY for Grab and Go CurbSide meal pickup. This excludes Hope and Ridgewood 

    -Breakfast 8-9am, Lunch 11am-1pm

    Beginning Monday, we will combine even more sites and move to a mid-day pick-up of two meals. Lunch for the current day and breakfast to take home for the following day. 

     

    Meal Deliveries for Wednesday, March 17-Friday, March 20

    -High Schools will now become the hubs for meal delivery to their attendance areas. 

    -37 school buses will be delivering meals to high need areas throughout the county. 

    -Meal delivery schedules for each attendance area are posted on each school’s social media accounts, or you can access the meal delivery schedules on the main page of our website later this evening. 

    -Two meals will be delivered by bus at one time during the middle of the day tomorrow. Lunch for the current day and breakfast for the next day. We will distribute meals until they run out.

     

    Extended Learning Packets

    Pitt County Schools are currently closed for instruction from March 16-March 30. Remote or distance learning is not required by PCS students through March 30 since these have been declared non-instructional days. EXTRA educational learning packets are NOW available at this link: http://bit.ly/PCSLearns and will be available at school feeding sites by Wednesday, March 18 if a family does not have online access. 

    Meal delivery school buses will also have learning packets each day for families who need them.

    Thank you for helping us to be #PittCountySchoolsStrong  Use this hashtag if you see something amazing happening in your school community!

     

    March 16, 2020

    We have been reminded today that our staff is amazing and strong. We are humans with children and ailing adults at home and our own health concerns. Yet, specialists are converging, the highest care for our students is being considered, the accessibility and limitations are being assessed, support staff is stepping in, and many are saying, "How can we help?" and "How can we BEST help?" We are humbled by you, staff, students, teachers, and community. Please continue to be patient as plans are evolving rapidly. Continue to make your own personal health decisions. Continue to care for your neighbors. We will continue to do our part to care for the school children of Pitt County. Together we can be Pitt County Strong. We are #PittCountySchoolsStrong

     

    Meal Distribution

    We are continuing to restructure our meal distribution to best and most efficiently serve our community. The schedule for Tuesday is as follows:

    Tuesday, March 17-Monday, March 30

    Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

    Times: Breakfast- 8am-9am, Lunch- 11am-1pm

    Delivery Style: Grab and Go- Follow instructions on site

    Pick-Up Sites: Pitt County Schools Cafeteria Sites will serve ANY Pitt County child age 1-18 and any student enrolled in Pitt County Schools. 

    Important Note to Families: Please travel to any school that is most convenient for you and your family. The only schools that are not serving sites are Ridgewood, Hope, Innovation Early College and Pitt County Early College. Students at these schools can travel to other sites to be served. Students with dietary restrictions on file, please travel to the school where you are normally served. 

    We are finalizing the logistics of meal deliveries to high-need areas. More information will be available soon. 

     

    Extended Learning Opportunities

    Pitt County Schools are currently closed for instruction from March 16-March 30. Remote or distance learning is not required by students. Dual-enrollment students, please follow instructions assigned by your college. As a school system, Pitt County Schools is, however,  ultimately tasked with educating the children of Pitt County. EXTRA educational support is available online today at the link that says: COVID-19 Extended Learning Packets and will be available at school feeding sites by Wednesday, March 18, 2020 if a family does not have online access. 

    As always, the most current updates are available on our website at www.pittschools.org, through social media sites and on a recorded daily message at 252-830-3500. For our community members offering help, please be patient as we work to organize all of your generous offers and efforts. Again, together we are Pitt County Strong and #PittCountySchoolsStrong!

     

    March 15, 2020

    During this current health crisis, we know that each citizen in Pitt County is facing the crucial challenge of protecting and managing our health and the health of our families and neighbors. We care about you, and we thank the community, our students, parents, staff and families for your patience and understanding during this time of uncertainty. We are also humbled by the community’s response to offer help to the school system. We continue to plan and are receiving continued guidance from our Board and from state officials. We have determined our most critical needs at this time that apply to our school system’s students and families: 

    Meal Distribution

    It is important to Pitt County Schools to continue feeding the children of Pitt County similar to our summer feeding program. At no charge, we will provide meals at identified PCS sites beginning on Monday, March 16, 2020, and extending through our current closure period- March 30, 2020. The USDA and the NC Department of Public Instruction have worked to provide waivers and approve applications to make this possible for a non-congregant serving style (Grab and Go). We are following all required and extended sanitation regulations during this unprecedented time. 

     

    Monday, March 16:

    Meal: Lunch only

    Time: 11am-1pm

    Delivery Style: Grab and Go- Follow instructions on site

    Pick-Up Sites: 34 of 38 Pitt County Schools Cafeteria Sites will serve ANY Pitt County child age 1-18 and any student enrolled in Pitt County Schools. 

    Important Note to Families: Please travel to any school that is most convenient for you and your family. The only schools that are not serving sites are Ridgewood, Hope, Innovation Early College and Pitt County Early College. Students at these schools can travel to other sites to be served.  

     

    Tuesday, March 17-Monday, March 30

    Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

    Times: Breakfast- 8am-9am, Lunch- 11am-1pm

    Delivery Style: Grab and Go- Follow instructions on site

    Pick-Up Sites: 34 of 38 Pitt County Schools Cafeteria Sites will serve ANY Pitt County child age 1-18 and any student enrolled in Pitt County Schools. 

    Important Note to Families: Please travel to any school that is most convenient for you and your family. The only schools that are not serving sites are Ridgewood, Hope, Innovation Early College and Pitt County Early College. Students at these schools can travel to other sites to be served.  

    PCS is currently considering the logistics and needs of meal deliveries to high-need areas. More information will be available at our serving sites, on our website, social media outlets and through our PCS Information Hotline: 1-252-830-3500 for a daily, recorded message. 

     

    Extended Learning Opportunities

    As a school system, Pitt County Schools is ultimately tasked with educating the children of Pitt County. To prepare for this unexpected school closure, our staff has been working to create extended learning packets for students. Online versions will be available on our PCS website by Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Distribution of paper learning packets will be available at school feeding sites for those who may not have online access at home. Please travel to any school site most convenient to you except for Ridgewood, Hope, Innovation Early College and Pitt County Early College, which are not current delivery sites. 

     

    School Cleaning

    Our schools are continuing to be cleaned and sanitized by our school custodians and staff members, following our pandemic influenza protocols. Facility Services may expand the cleaning and disinfecting of schools based on the Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Health and Human Services’ recommendations.

    As always, the most current updates are available on our website at www.pittschools.org, through social media sites and on a recorded daily message at 252-830-3500. For our community members offering help, please be patient as we work to organize all of your generous offers and efforts

     

    Note for PCS Employees

    As reported on 3/14/20, Monday will be a required workday for all staff. Please see earlier communication on your PCS email account. 

    Tuesday, March 17, 2020 through Thursday, March 19, 2020  will be optional workdays for teachers and teacher assistants. All other employees, please contact your direct supervisor for reporting instructions. Please continue to monitor your PCS email account. 

     

    March 14, 2020

    Following North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order 117 given this afternoon, Pitt County Schools will be closed for students on Monday, March 16, through March 30, 2020. 

    We understand that the community will have many questions regarding how this unprecedented situation will impact instruction, feeding programs, cleaning of PCS facilities and many other important topics.

    Our School Board and other PCS Leaders will be holding emergency meetings on Sunday, March 15, 2020, to discuss and determine next steps and will be included in a statewide conference call with State Superintendent Mark Johnson. 

    Answers to some of your questions will depend on decisions made at the state level and could even require changes in state law. For this reason, it may take some time to receive clarity regarding solutions for these challenges. 

    As we monitor this situation, we will provide updates on this site, our social media accounts, school closing lists on news sites, and our phone line, 252-830-3500. We appreciate your support, cooperation and patience during this time. 

    It is important to also remain unified and informed as a community. For important information from credible national, state and local officials regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), please click here. Pitt County Public Health will answer any public questions regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) from 8am-5pm at the phone line, 252-902-2300. After these hours, please call the state's Coronavirus Helpline at 866-462-3821. 

     

    Update: Following the State Board of Education's Resolution this evening, Pitt County Schools will hold a required staff workday on Monday, March 16, 2020 to prepare for extended leave. 

    An NC Department of Public Instruction Press Release sent on Saturday, March 14, 2020 contained the following message:

    RALEIGH, NC – On March 14, 2020, Governor Roy Cooper Issued Executive Order No. 117 Prohibiting Mass Gatherings and Directing the Statewide Closure of K-12 Public Schools to Limit the Spread of COVID-19.

    In a special meeting this evening the North Carolina State Board of Education unanimously adopted a resolution to support the implementation of school closures for students enacted in the Executive Order No. 117.  Consistent with Governor Cooper’s Executive Order, the State Board and the Department of Public of Instruction will continue their ongoing, collaborative efforts with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to help mitigate impacts of school closures.

    In coordination with the Governor’s Office and the General Assembly, a joint education and public health working group will implement measures to provide for the health, nutrition, safety, educational needs and well-being of children during the school closure period. The working group will also utilize and seek flexibilities in federal and state laws in order to assist with these important efforts.

    Eric Davis, the Chair of the North Carolina State Board of Education, said about the State Board’s Resolution and the rapidly-evolving COVID-19:

    "We are facing challenging times in our State that affect all of our citizens, including our children.  The State Board of Education, our State Superintendent, and the Department of Public Instruction are committed to supporting our educators and students using all possible means during this emerging public health situation. These are extraordinary times that must be met with extraordinary measures.

    We will seek to support our public schools across the state. Work is already underway to help feed children who are out of school. To serve students we will seek to leverage our existing digital capabilities and we will work with educators to find new ways to deliver instruction. In collaboration with local health professionals, education leaders, and our partners from all sectors we will work to address the many issues our communities are facing because of COVID-19. Importantly, throughout this situation we will continue to partner with local superintendents and school leaders to coordinate responses and to identify and implement local solutions.

    To be sure, we have significant challenges before us as a State, but we believe in the resolve of all North Carolinians to support children, regardless of the circumstances."

     

    March 13, 2020

    Pitt County Schools has been and will continue to respond to the growing concerns of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The well-being of our students and staff is at the forefront of our minds and is the prime consideration for all of our efforts. 

    Ultimately, the school system’s decisions are based on the recommendations of the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and Pitt County Public Health. 

    As of 4pm today, experts are NOT recommending that elementary, middle, or high schools close. Please access the CDC's "Considerations for School Closure" information at this link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/considerations-for-school-closure.pdf

    Until further recommendations are made, Pitt County Schools will remain open.

     

    SANITIZING AND CLEANING OUR BUILDINGS

    Pitt County Schools has instituted our current district protocols in place for pandemic flu. These efforts include sanitizing high traffic surfaces on a regular basis throughout the school day, and stressing proper hygiene and hand-washing practices for staff and students. We are also consulting environmental experts and have plans in place for deep-cleaning of our school buildings in the evenings, on weekends, or in the event our schools are recommended to close.

    TRAVEL

    All travel has been suspended for Pitt County Schools until further notice. This includes international, out-of-state, out-of-county and in-county travel. This includes all field trips. We are working with vendors for reimbursements and will communicate to parents regarding financial implications of any cancellations. 

    SPORTS

    The NCHSAA has also suspended all sports activities through April 6, 2020. In Pitt County, this applies to all high school and middle school athletic activities. Pitt County Communities in Schools sports programs are also suspended.

    ABSENCES

    We are encouraging adults and children to stay at home if experiencing any type of sickness, especially sickness that includes flu-like symptoms.  We are also asking parents to make decisions on attending school based on your family’s individual situation, health concerns, and the recommendations of the Department of Health and Human Services. Please speak with your individual school staff or principal in each case.

    ONLINE LEARNING OPTIONS CONSIDERED

    In order to prepare, we are considering the possibility of extended learning options if it becomes necessary. Today, elementary school parents will be receiving a survey asking families to indicate whether an online learning option or a take-home learning packet would be more feasible based on internet capability and access at home. All middle school and high school students have been or will be surveyed in class to determine similar information.

    Educating the children of Pitt County is what we are tasked to do as a school system, and it is important to us to make educational opportunities accessible to ALL students, especially in the event of an unexpected or extended absence from school. 

    SCHOOL NUTRITION

    Additional food has been ordered to ensure we have a plentiful supply and additional mobile and back-up freezers are being utilized. 

    We are considering options for feeding our students in the event schools are recommended to be closed. The NC Department of Public Instruction has received a waiver from the USDA to enable schools to enact services similar to our Summer Food Service Program. Strategies to distribute meals that promote social distancing, in a non-congregate setting, are being determined in the event schools are closed. 

    MORE INFORMATION

    The most recent updates can be found here. We will communicate with parents through our district website, district and school social media and parent phone calls if necessary. 

     

    press conference

     

    JOINT INFORMATION PRESS RELEASE and Multi-Agency Press Conference on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) at 4pm today, 3/13/20.

    Click here to read the PRESS RELEASE and for information on livestreaming. 

    March 12, 2020

    Pitt County Schools continues to work with national, state and local officials regarding the progression and prevention measures of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Currently, experts are NOT recommending that K-12 schools close, but we are constantly receiving and actively seeking information from experts to guide decision making, holding meetings, and staying in contact with all stakeholders in order to make the best decisions regarding the following:

    -Travel (school-based, staff-based, student-based routine travel and organized travel)
    -Learning Plans (online options, learning packets, other options)
    -Cleaning and Maintaining our facilities (current practices, recommendations from environmental specialists, future preparation and protocols)
    -Communicating with Students, Staff, Parents, and the Community (resources, guidance, mental health awareness around the issue)
    -Attendance (sickness, parent concerns, health-compromised individuals)
    -Closings (when/if they become necessary)
    -Human Resources (employee protocols and concerns)
    -Financial implications (reimbursements for cancellations, working with vendors, and unforeseen financial implications)

    Our information changes very rapidly. The most recent finalized updates can be found here: http://bit.ly/PittCoronavirus It will be updated regularly as we get new information. Please also visit the Pitt County Public Health website for local information and the Centers for Disease Control website for national updates. 

    New Update as of 3pm on 3/12/20
     
    NCHSAA Update on High School Athletics:
     
    CHAPEL HILL, NC - Due to the threat from COVID-19, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) has made the decision to postpone the 2020 Men’s and Women’s Basketball State Championships indefinitely.“As much as we would like this opportunity for our student-athletes, coaches, and their communities, we know that ultimately any decision we make must err on the side of caution,” said Commissioner Que Tucker.The Board of Directors also moved to suspend interscholastic athletics beginning at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 2020, through Monday, April 6th, 2020. The NCHSAA Board of Directors will assess this situation regularly over the next few weeks. This includes all workouts, skill development, practices, and contests.
     

    March 11, 2020

    Letter to Parents/Guardians

    Access the full letter here in English and Spanish 

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    I wanted to update you on how Pitt County Schools is and will continue to respond to the growing concerns of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), since student safety and the well-being of students and staff are at the forefront of our efforts.

    As of the date of this letter, Pitt County does NOT have any confirmed cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). However,with the guidance of Pitt County Public Health and the Center for Disease Control, we have asked our school staff and nurses to:


    • Monitor any developing patterns in student health.
    • Follow flu protocol and advise students of proper hygiene techniques.
    • Continue to routinely wipe down surfaces using disinfectant.


    We will activate a preparedness and response plan for pandemic flu, with any necessary modifications, if called for. We continue to cooperate with our state and local partners, and our objectives continue to be to reduce transmission of any virus, minimize illness, maintain critical operations and services and minimize disruption of instruction.

    While North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has declared a state of emergency to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus}, it is important to note that state officials have specifically recommended that schools NOT be closed at this time. This recommendation reflects the current guidance that children are at low risk of serious illness. Please contact your school's principal if you have individual family circumstances or concerns that would cause a student's absence from school.

    Regarding school travel, please know that:


    • No international, school-sponsored field trips are being allowed or approved at this time.
    • National, state, and local school trips are being reviewed and assessed on a case-by case basis and considering a variety of factors.
    • As a parent, you have full authority to not allow your child to attend any school trip if you are not comfortable, or there are individual family circumstances. Again, please contact the school trip organizer or your child's principal at any time to discuss.

    We are in constant contact with local and state health officials, receiving continuous updates and recommendations. As this is a rapidly-changing situation, we will update parents through our website, social media and through our individual school personnel, or this page when we have new information to provide.

    For more information on COVID-19 (Coronavirus), please access credible information from sources such as Pitt County Public Health at www.PittCountyNC.gov/Coronavirus or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov. For information on how to talk with your children about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) from the National Association of School Psychologists, please visit: http://bit.ly/TalkToChildren

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Ethan Lenker
    PCS Superintendent

     

    March 2, 2020

    PCS Statement Date: 3/2/2020

    Pitt County Schools is in continuous contact with state and local officials in light of recent concern regarding the Coronavirus. In tandem with statements released by the National Center for Disease Control, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, and Pitt County Public Health, Pitt County Schools is currently following flu protocol, as is standard procedure during flu season. We also have a preparedness and response plan for pandemic flu that we would activate, with any necessary modifications, if called for. In cooperation with our state and local partners, our objectives would be to reduce transmission of the virus, minimize illness, maintain mission-critical operations and services and minimize disruption of instruction.