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Updates on the coronavirus and reopening of schools

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Board of Education approves "Plan B" for reopening of schools

On Monday, July 20, the Board of Education approved a reopening plan for our schools.  The plan is in accordance with “Plan B” that has been outlined by the state and provides for in-person instruction for students on a part-time basis.

Students will be divided into groups.  One group will attend school on Monday and Tuesday, and the other group will attend school on Thursday and Friday.  All students will engage in remote learning at home on Wednesday and on the weekdays when they are not at school.

Additionally, parents who want their child in full-time remote learning will have that option through the Gaston Virtual Academy. 


Parents/students and employees will be receiving specific information from their school about the reopening of schools.  

Click here to watch the Board of Education presentation.


■ Latest Update for Parents and Employees (updated on July 23)

▪ PLANNING FOR 2020-2021 YEAR:  Planning for the 2020-2021 academic year is taking place now with our central-level administrators, school-level administrators, and others working together to ensure a safe return to school in August.

The first day of school for students in Gaston County is Monday, August 17.  Click here to view the 2020-2021 school calendar.

Recently, the N.C. State Board of Education and the N.C. Department of Public Instruction released a comprehensive document titled “Lighting Our Way Forward: North Carolina’s Guidebook for Reopening Public Schools.”  This document is being used by all 115 school districts to develop a plan for school reopening.

Click here to view the “Lighting Our Way Forward: North Carolina’s Guidebook for Reopening Public Schools” document.

Click here to read the Department of Public Instruction’s news release about the reopening of public schools.

Additionally, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services has developed information and guidance for public schools.  See the links below.  

Click here to view the "Strong Schools NC Public Health Toolkit (K-12)" from NCDHHS.  Click here for the document in Spanish.

Click here for the "Strong Schools NC Public Health Toolkit (K-12)" Frequently Asked Questions.  Click here for the document in Spanish.

Click here for the "Reference Guide for Suspected, Presumptive, or Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 (K-12)" document.

In Gaston County, we are using the “Lighting Our Way Forward” document to develop our reopening plan as well as the "Strong Schools NC Public Health Toolkit." A key component to our reopening plan is the state's announcement about how public schools will operate based on the current status of the coronavirus pandemic.  Once our plan is complete, it will be presented to the Board of Education and shared with students, parents, employees, and the community.

On Monday, July 6, the Gaston County Board of Education received an update on the reopening of schools.  Click here to watch the Board of Education presentation.

On Tuesday, July 14, Governor Roy Cooper made an announcement about the reopening of schools for the 2020-2021 academic year.  Click here to read Superintendent Booker's message about the reopening of schools. (message published July 14)


▪ FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT
Click here to read Superintendent Booker's latest message for parents and employees with information about the reopening of schools. (message published July 23)

▪ HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS:  The start of workouts/practice for our high school fall sports teams has been delayed until August 10.  The N.C. High School Athletic Association has delayed the start of the fall sports season until September 1.

Based on current COVID-19 data and the extension of phase two restrictions, it is in the best interest of our student-athletes, coaches, and others involved in our sports program to delay the start of workouts.  Our school athletic directors/coaches will keep student-athletes and their parents updated on any additional information or changes.


■ Visit these websites for information about the coronavirus

▪ Gaston County Government/Health and Human Services: www.gastongov.com/coronavirus
▪ N.C. Department of Health and Human Services: www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/public-health/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-response-north-carolina
▪ Center for Disease Control (CDC): www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Information Hotline for Gaston County

If you have questions about the coronavirus, you may call the information hotline for Gaston County: (704) 862-5303.  Click here for more information about the hotline.