New Hanover County Schools


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NHCS Posts 2020-21 School Opening Surveys Online for Employees and Families

  • 2020 - 2021

As New Hanover County Schools (NHCS)  awaits Governor Roy Cooper’s guidance regarding 2020-21 school opening Plans A, B, and C, the district is continuing to develop reopening procedures for instructional learning and school operations following guidance provided in the North Carolina Guidebook for Reopening Public Schools and the StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit. The district’s top priority is to maintain the health and safety of NHCS staff and students while providing a rigorous and meaningful learning environment.
Fundamental to planning for the 2020-21 school opening in August is the input of NHCS employees, students, and families. Survey links are being shared with staff and the community to gather feedback on face-to-face instruction, remote instruction, bus transportation, child care needs, and more. The deadline to complete the NHCS Staff Survey and NHCS Family and Student Survey posted on is Friday, July 10. A Community Input Form, also posted on the district website, provides another way to submit questions about school opening. Questions and answers will be added to a school opening FAQ throughout the summer break. The three surveys are being translated into Spanish.
The district is working in collaboration with the school nurse team to develop health screenings, precautions, and safety measures for the coming school year. “NHCS is fortunate to have excellent school nurses who are New Hanover County Public Health employees,” says Director of Student Support Services Julie Varnum. “The school nurse is the medical authority in each of our school settings and their role involves the direct provision and supervision of school health services.”
These services include procedures to confidentially assess high-risk staff and students at year start; evaluation of safety measures like staggered arrival and dismissal for social distancing and health monitoring, limiting student transitions between classrooms, creating zones for recess, installing contactless sanitizer dispensers, and assigning one bathroom to each classroom; and developing policies for parents/visitors/volunteers in buildings.
For school opening information and COVID-19 resources, visit #NHCSReadySetReturn and follow New Hanover County Schools on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.