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    Pitt County Schools 2020-2021 School Year Updates

    Parents, Staff and Community,

    As the school year progresses, we know you may continue to have questions about the 2020-2021 academic 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 updates here on our website or through our social media on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We'll post regular updates and do our best to keep you informed along the way. Together, we are Pitt County Schools Strong!

    The latest 2020-21 district updates will be posted here by date.  

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    January 15, 2021

    Additional COVID-19 Data Available, Dashboard Updated

    Notice: The GENERAL PCS Dashboard has been updated to include additional requested data and updated language. Here is the link to the information page that includes the dashboard: https://bit.ly/PCSCovidData

    Please note the following:

    • School-Affected cases are now referred to as On-Campus cases.

    • Temporarily, we are not reporting enrollment numbers of face-to-face students vs. virtual students, only total enrollment. The last day of face-to-face instruction was January 8, 2021. All PCS students are now virtual through January 22, 2021. PCS staff members will still report to campus to work. Therefore, there could be more on-campus cases through January 22nd, even though all students are temporarily virtual.

    • Quarantines directly related to on-campus cases are now reported on the weekly dashboard.

    • A separate, weekly chart of case locations and related quarantines will be provided each Friday for the previous week.

    • Running totals of ALL cases (both on and off campus) will be provided in real time with a link to a chart on our website. The real-time numbers include both virtual and on-campus staff or students, and not just cases where the individual actually entered campus. These are ALL cases reported to us. The current day and the last 14 day trend will be updated in real time as they are added throughout the day.

    • Numbers are based on tracking by our nurses and school staff and many are SELF-REPORTED by staff and parents. They are also changing constantly as cases are reported. Therefore, the numbers reflect the best data have been made aware of at the time you acceess the document. 

    As always, the best resource to make decisions based on Pitt County trends is the Pitt County Health Department site at: https://www.pittcountync.gov/672/Coronavirus-COVID-19-Information

    January 12, 2021

    PCS families,

    The following are important updates for School nutrition and meal distribution:

    Curbside Meals

    Curbside meal pickup is still available for all children, ages 1-18. Please go to the most convenient site below (Note that Eastern Elementary is a closed site this week):

     curbside sites

    Special note: TWO MORE SITES AND TIMES HAVE BEEN ADDED:

    Starting today, 1/12/2021: Wintergreen Intermediate extra pickup: 5-6:30pm

    Starting Wednesday, 1/13/2021: AG Cox extra pickup: 5-6:30pm

    Please note: Meals can only be distributed once per day per child at any site. 

    Bus Delivery:

    Bus delivery of meals is still an option during virtual learning. Please note that bus delivery requires prior reservation. The reservations to receive meals by bus for next week are due by 3pm tomorrow, Wednesday, January 13, 2021. Here are the links to reserve meal deliveries for the week of January 18-22, 2021

    Bus Delivery Preorder Link: Lastname  A-L  (order by 3pm every Wednesday for the next week)

    Bus Delivery Preorder Link: Last Name M-Z (order by 3pm every Wednesday for the next week)

    Saturday Meals

    Saturday meals are also offered at the following sites:

    saturday meals

    Bus routes are always posted each Monday for meal delivery.

    Other Information

    For any other information on meals, please follow the following link for School Nutrition: https://www.pitt.k12.nc.us/domain/21

    Sincerely,

    PCS School Nutrition Staff

    January 11, 2021

    Important Announcement: Following a PCS Board vote this evening, all Pitt County Schools will move to 100% virtual learning for two weeks beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, January 12, 2021, and extending through Friday, January 22, 2021. (Reminder: January 25, 2021, is also previously-scheduled virtual Monday for traditional schools. Early Colleges are virtual on Fridays.) The Board, PCS Administration, and PCS school staff will continue to monitor the situation closely. Any further decisions regarding instruction after January 22, 2021, will be communicated as quickly as possible.

    January 10, 2021

    Be advised that Ridgewood Elementary School will be closed for face-to-face students and moving to virtual instruction for the week of January 11-15. A reported case of COVID-19 this weekend, and related quarantines affecting several departments, will make it difficult to operate the school safely until more staff can return. We will assess the situation at Ridgewood and monitor any other school’s operational capacity and inform parents of any further decisions.

    January 9, 2021

    Be advised that Eastern Elementary School will be closed for face-to-face students and moving to virtual instruction for the week of January 11-15. Reported cases of COVID-19 in the last two days, and related quarantines affecting several departments, will make it difficult to operate the school safely until more staff can return. We will assess the situation at Eastern and monitor any other school’s operational capacity and inform parents of any further decisions. Parents or staff members of Eastern Elementary with questions should contact classroom teachers or school administration if there are further questions. 

    January 8, 2021

    School Affected Cases vs. COVID-19 tracking

    Parents, Staff and Community- This week's dashboard includes all cases from the date when staff returned on 1/4 to the end of the day on 1/7. Please remember, these numbers reflect cases of individuals who were ON CAMPUS within 48 hours of testing positive or symptomatic before testing positive. This is what we call SCHOOL-AFFECTED cases. As reported at a previous Board meeting, many more additional students and staff affected by COVID-19 are tracked by our hard-working school nurses and administration. These include individuals who are quarantined due to exposure, virtual students reporting a positive test who never entered a school campus, persons who became symptomatic but tested negative and had an alternative diagnosis by a physician (flu, cold), and those who were concerned about possible exposure from a family member or friend and stayed home out of precaution.

     

    The difference in the 7 cases that actually entered our campuses (school-affected cases) and the large numbers we track otherwise to care for our PCS family means that parents, students and staff members are following protocol and staying home when symptomatic, exposed, and awaiting test results. WE APPRECIATE YOU for helping us keep students as safe as possible. We await the day when we can report ZERO cases of COVID-19 on our school campuses and will continue to work diligently to maintain all prevention and cleaning protocols. Together, we are #PittCountySchoolsStrong

    January 5, 2021

    Pitt County Schools will resume in-person instruction for face-to-face students on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. Click here for all school calendars including traditional schools, A/B schedules, and Early Colleges: https://bit.ly/PCSCalendar 


    Please note the following important announcements:

    -Please do not come to school or send a student to school if experiencing any symptoms. For other scenarios and information on Covid-19 protocol, please read the email sent to staff, students, and parents this week about when to return to campus and when to stay home. Contact your school administration (parents/students) or direct supervisor (employees) if you have any questions.

    -Current face-to-face families who wish for students to stay home and engage in virtual learning temporarily may do so through Friday, January 15, 2021. This decision will not be binding for the entire semester.

    -Please know that we will continue to assess all relevant data on a daily basis, and that the unpredictability of the pandemic may cause a change at any time.

     

    January 4, 2021

    PCS Parents and Students,

    Happy New Year! We hope you have stayed safe and have enjoyed time with your family this holiday season. As communicated in a previous email, Pitt County Schools staff members returned to work today, January 4, 2021. Students are scheduled to return on January 6th (Learning Zone B for middle and high school). Please note: A special-called Board meeting is to be held on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, at 11:00am to review the most up-to-date data that may affect reopening. No alternate decisions have been made, however, at the time of this email.  

    When students return to school, it is imperative that we maintain as safe an environment as possible. Prior to sending your student(s) back to a school campus for any reason, please review the following scenarios and questions. If ANY of the following are true for your student, you MUST contact your school immediately.

    1. During the break, my student tested positive. If so, please report the date symptoms developed or date of positive test to your school prior your student’s return.

    2. During the break, my student had symptoms (runny nose/congestion, sore throat, headache, fever, chills, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, new cough, new loss of taste/smell) but did not see a doctor or have a positive test. Please share with your school the last date of your student’s symptoms.

    3. During the break my student was exposed to someone (not in the household) that later tested positive. If so, what was the date of exposure? When did the individual develop symptoms or test positive? Did your student have a COVID test? Date of your student’s test? Result? Please share this information with your school.

    4. During the break, someone in my student’s household developed symptoms or tested positive. Please share with your school: Date of onset of symptoms for the individual. Date of positive COVID test. Did your student develop symptoms? Did your student get tested? Date of test?

    *Note: Exposure is defined as being within 6 ft of someone diagnosed with COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more cumulatively within 48 hours of testing positive (even if masks were worn).   

    Again: If ANY of the above scenarios are true for your student, you must contact your school immediately.

    Finally, do not send your student to school under any circumstances if:

    * you are waiting for COVID test results for your student

    * your student has any symptoms (that have not been alternatively diagnosed by a physician or your student has not yet received negative COVID test results)

    * anyone in your student’s household has symptoms (that have not been alternatively diagnosed by a physician or the individual has not received negative COVID test results)

    * your student has had direct contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID within 48 hours of exposure. In this scenario, your student should quarantine for 6 days prior to testing.

    If there are ANY questions regarding these scenarios or circumstances, please contact your school prior to your student’s return to any school campus for any reason. We all must work together to maintain the safest environment possible during the pandemic, and we appreciate your support.

     

    Note: A similar email directed to PCS employees was sent to staff on 1/2/20

     

    December 29, 2020

    Pitt County Schools Staff and Families:

    We hope you are having a wonderful holiday break and are staying safe. Many of you are asking about whether PCS will return to face to face instruction in January of 2021. At this time, the answer is yes. January 4th and 5th are teacher workdays. January 6th is the first day of instruction for students, and those who are scheduled for face-to-face instruction may report to school (Learning Zone B for middle and high school). Please access all school calendars here: https://bit.ly/PCSCalendar  Upon return, staff and families should also be prepared to answer additional questions about exposure to or diagnosis of COVID-19 during the break. Please be prepared to provide dates of exposure, symptoms and/or diagnosis with your supervisor or school officials so we can ensure the safest environment possible for all of our staff and students. 

    At this time we are still monitoring several factors and have received input from the medical community. Our goal is to continue to provide a safe environment for our students and staff. We believe every day we can allow face to face instruction for students is a success. However, the ultimate success of our schools relies strongly on community behaviors that will stop or at least slow the spread of Covid-19. As a result, due to the unpredictability of the pandemic, please be aware that things may change at any time. If we do switch to all virtual learning, our goal would be the shortest duration possible in order to ensure a safe return. The Board is fully aware of the difficulty working families face and will continue to try our best to accommodate families’ needs with early notification of any changes. The next regularly-scheduled Board meeting is on January 11th. If there is a need to meet prior to January 11th, an announcement will be made 48 hours prior to the meeting. 

    Please continue to practice the three W’s. Wear a mask. Wait/Stay 6 feet apart from others not in your household. Wash your hands frequently. If you have further questions, please contact your direct supervisor or school officials. Enjoy the rest of your holiday break safely.

    December 17, 2020

    Click here to read the latest district update, sent on December 17, 2020. Included in this message are:

    • Important Announcement from Pitt County Schools

    • Holiday Guidance from School Nurses- Covid-19

    • Early College Recruitment for rising 9th graders

    • Free meals over the holidays

    • Immunization deadlines

    November 22, 2020

    Click here to read the latest district update, sent on November 22. Included in this message are:

    • Virtual Mondays Extended

    • North Carolina Education Corps, job application open

    • Early College Recruitment for rising 9th graders

    • Meal Delivery

    • Immunization deadlines

     

    November 16, 2020

    Click here to read the latest district update, sent on November 2, 2020, to families in our PowerSchool and staff in our HRMS data systems. Included in this message are:

    • Immunizations Deadline Extension and Final Drive-Up Clinic

    • Covid-19 Protocols Update (some school changes) 

    • Early College Application Process and Info Sessions

    • School Nutrition Curbside sites changing, meals offered to Pitt County children, ages 1-18

     

    October 16, 2020

     

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    Click here to read the latest district update, sent on October 16, 2020, to families in our PowerSchool and staff in our HRMS data systems. Included in this message are:

    • Immunizations Deadline Information

    • Immunizations Q and A with parent questions

    • Immunizations drive-up clinic through the Health Department

    • Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year honors

    September 23, 2020

     

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    Click here to read the latest district update, sent on September 23, 2020, to families in our PowerSchool or HRMS data systems. Included in this message are:

    • FAQ document for K-5 families (regarding the Governor's announcement for school systems to be able to move to Plan A for K-5 students)

    • Social, emotional, and mental assistance for families and staff

    • Important links to other PCS resources like tech support and meal scheduling and ordering

    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:

     

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    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.