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New Hanover County Schools COVID-19 Update for Tuesday, March 17, 2020

 

This statement supersedes all previous communication. Please note that this information is accurate as of March 17, 2020 - 3:45 PM. We are continuing to monitor this evolving situation, and we will provide updates.
 
Governor Roy Cooper has ordered all K-12 schools to close for two weeks. New Hanover County Schools will be closed for students beginning Monday, March 16 through at least Friday, March 27. This includes all before and after-school programs and pre-K programs. NHCS continues to follow guidance outlined by Governor Cooper’s Executive Order 117, the CDC, and the NC Division of Public Health.
 
New Hanover County Board of Education Interim Meeting Limited to 10 People per CDC Restrictions
In accordance with new guidelines outlined by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New Hanover County Board of Education Meeting scheduled for today, March 17, 2020, will be limited to 10 people to include Board Members and NHCS staff only. The meeting will be available on Spectrum Cable, online and through streaming services. For specific channels and services visit  NHCS-TV.
 
Staffing
For the duration of Executive Order 117, NHCS is operating on optional work days for all full and part-time employees. Executive Order 117 and guidance of state health officials have encouraged employers and employees to use remote work technologies to the greatest extent possible. NHCS principals and supervisors will work with staff to determine if any team members can utilize working remotely while continuing to effectively perform all duties. 
 
Facilities & Building Access
Schools continue to be open to the public from 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for retrieval of essential items such as medications and other essential equipment. The NHCS administration buildings are open to the public from 8 am-4 pm Monday through Friday. All staff and visitors are encouraged to follow universal precautions and safety measures posted at each facility and outlined by the CDC and the NC Division of Public Health. 
 
NHCS has implemented additional training, cleaning, and disinfecting measures specific to COVID-19 at every facility on an ongoing basis.
 
Learning Continuity
Optional, supplemental learning in digital and print format is accessible at NHCS.net. Online resources are designed to support student learning through Friday, March 20. These resources can be either printed at home or picked up from any school location starting at 11 am on Wednesday, March 18. Emphasis is being placed on providing print options for families without digital access.
 
The distribution of electronic devices for high school learning will begin on Wednesday, March 25. Plans for supplemental learning after March 20 are in development.
 
Meal Service
NHCS served over 1,300 meals on Monday, topping previous daily food service averages. NHCS is evaluating ways to expand the program to meet demand if needed with expanded sites, remote sites, and delivery options.
NHCS is working collaboratively with the New Hanover Disaster Coalition to organize volunteers. For more information, visit the New Hanover Disaster Coalition website.