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New Hanover County Schools COVID-19 Update for Friday, April 3, 2020

 
This statement supersedes all previous communication. Please note that this information is accurate as of April 3, 2020 - 1:45 PM. We are continuing to monitor this evolving situation, and we will provide updates.
 
NHCS Meal Service Program
Beginning Monday, April 6, NHCS will expand the current Curbside Grab & Go Meal Program to include one additional school and six additions/changes to bus stop locations. 
Expanding meal service to Murray Middle School will bring the total number of school sites to 21 locations. Six new or changed bus stop locations are:
  • Murrayville Port-o-Pines MHC
  • North Chase Apartments
  • New Providence Park Apartments (Coddington Loop)
  • Cape Cottage Apartments
  • Environments Unlimited, Ponderosa MHC (Replacing the stop at Jacksonville and Franklin Street)
  • Pine Terrace MHC, Bell St. and Crossover (Replacing the stop at Scooters)
Meal services will not be in operation on Friday, April 10. An additional snack will be provided with all meals on Thursday, April 9. 
 
Visit NHCS Child Nutrition (https://nhcschildnutrition.com/) for information in English and Spanish, including a complete list of school sites, bus delivery schedules, and bus stop locations. Meals can be pre-ordered online. For those without Internet access, meals can be pre-ordered by calling 910-254-4212.
 
Staffing & Remote Work
New Hanover County Schools is following the State Board of Education Contagious Disease Policy (9.4.2) to address COVID-19 and safeguard the well-being of public school employees. The policy provides emergency leave and encourages opportunities for remote work while allowing continuation of salary and benefits to all employees. 
 
School & Facility Access
All NHCS schools and facilities are closed to the public except by appointment with prior approval by the principal or supervisor. Buildings will be minimally staffed by essential personnel Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. to maintain essential business operations and provide meal service.
 
Remote Learning
Online resources for new learning in grades pre-K-12 can be found at NHCS.net under NHCS Social Distance Learning Website. Printed instruction packets are available for students who require printed materials. Distribution should be coordinated through each student’s school and teacher.
 
Electronic Device Distribution
Over 1,000 electronic devices have been distributed to NHCS school students. The district is in the process of distributing devices to middle school and elementary school students through the week of April 13. Additional devices are available for students in need. Families should contact their child's school to schedule device pick-up.
 
Wi-Fi Access Points
For families without Internet access, NHCS will be posting locations of school sites where drive-up access is available. NHCS is exploring options for making hotspots available to students and is working with partners to provide additional hotspots.
 
Report Cards
Report cards are being mailed to NHCS students according to dates outlined in 2019-2020 NHCS Calendars. 
 
Graduation
In accordance with State Board of Education guidelines, high school seniors are required to complete the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. High schools are in the process of determining graduation status for high school seniors and exploring alternate methods to celebrate student achievement and graduation if federal, state, and county COVID-19 restrictions are extended.
 
Kindergarten Registration
Letters will be mailed by April 30, 2020 notifying the parents of those students who have been selected in the initial Kindergarten lottery draw at the year-round and magnet schools. Students who are chosen in the lottery must return a form within five (5) calendar days to accept this year. The accept/decline form will only be accepted by email, fax, or U.S. mail. 
 
End-of-Year Activities
The district is working with schools to evaluate all end-of-year activities, recognizing that the cancellation of these milestone events is a tremendous loss to students, families, and our community. “The decision to cancel a prom, or transition graduation to a remote format, isn't taken lightly,” says Interim Superintendent Dr. Del Burns. “Where possible, we're looking at options for remote events that will celebrate the accomplishments of our students and honor the traditions our families count on. At the same time, the school district is balancing federal and state COVID-19 guidelines related to large gatherings. Our top priority continues to be the health and safety of students, families, staff, and our community.”