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COVID-19 District Update - March 24, 2020
First and foremost, I want to say how proud I am to be a part of this great school district and the entire Davie County community. We are all experiencing circumstances that are new to us, but we quickly learned that working together as a community makes us stronger. We are seeing the goodwill of people, as we band together for support to meet the needs of others. That’s so important during challenging times like these.
Yesterday afternoon, the Governor issued a new Executive Order that closes school buildings for students until May 15th. Given the ever-changing nature of COVID-19, our staff has been preparing for an extended closure, in case this happened. We have a strong plan in place for remote learning and will be communicating in detail to families in the coming days. The plan is designed to meet the needs of every student and keep them engaged and active. Parents, it is vital that you remain involved with your children’s learning. Students, it is just as important for you to work hard and continue learning in the new remote environment for the coming months. Parents and students should work together and establish a routine that focuses on learning. We want this to be a positive and fun way of learning with limited stress and worry.
Also yesterday, NC received a waiver regarding Federal testing requirements, and the State BOE expects a similar waiver for end-of-grade and end-of-course exams, for this school year. More information on this is available on our website.
During the school closure, food will continue to be distributed at Cooleemee, Cornatzer, Mocksville and William R. Davie elementary schools, as well as North Davie and South Davie middle schools from 11-1, M-F. We will have additional food options in place and will communicate that plan as details are finalized.
While Davie County did have the first confirmed positive case of COVID-19 over the weekend, Davie County Health and Human Services has assured us that there is no direct correlation to Davie County schools. All staff will continue to have work available to them as schools remain closed to students. Words cannot express how much we appreciate our dedicated Davie County Schools staff for their meticulous planning and hard work. Times like these show true character, and we are seeing just how strong our Davie County Schools team is.
We want to reiterate the importance of keeping our Davie County families healthy and happy. We want to keep students engaged in learning, while encouraging time together as a family to reduce anxiety and stress. Thank you to our entire community for keeping us all Davie County strong.
Jeff Wallace, Superintendent
COVID-19 District Update - March 19, 2020
While we recognize this is not the ideal spring break for students, we are working hard to make sure we have a solid plan in place for the coming weeks, should we be required to spend additional time away from our school buildings. That being said, please take some time for a break from school work during this closure. Davie County Schools recognizes that this time is important for students and teachers, and we hope you get rest and relaxation over the coming days. Our COVID-19 Resources page has a new link dedicated to overall health and tips to reduce stress during these challenging times.
Please note the Technology survey deadline has been extended until noon tomorrow, March 20th. If you have not already completed the survey, please do so prior to this deadline. It is important that we collect this information for each Davie County Schools student in your household. The survey should take less than 5 minutes and is imperative in planning for our students. Again, the deadline for the survey is tomorrow, March 20th at noon.
Our staff has been working above and beyond over the past weeks and we appreciate their dedication to our students. We also appreciate students and parents for your support and patience during this unprecedented time. We are proud of our entire Davie County Schools family and glad we are in this together. Have a great evening and a wonderful break!
COVID-19 District Update - March 16, 2020
Davie County Schools has been thoroughly preparing for a possible closure and with the Governor’s Executive Order to close schools for at least two weeks, we are now tasked with putting plans in place. An immediate need is student meals. Also, with this two week closure, it is necessary to amend our school calendar. That information is outlined below as well. We will continue to send out information as plans are finalized and will also keep website information up to date on our COVID-19 Resources page.
Davie County Schools will begin serving meals on Tuesday, March 17th from 11AM-1PM at the following locations:
• Cooleemee Elementary
• Cornatzer Elementary
• Mocksville Elementary
• William R. Davie Elementary
• North Davie Middle
• South Davie Middle
All sites are drive thru only. Parents may pull up to the designated area and a Davie County Schools employee will provide the number of meals needed.
Spring break has been shifted due to the mandated closure. Please view the amended calendar on our website.
Students have been given one week of work to complete anytime over the two week closure. This is designed to give students a break. DCS recognizes that time for a break is important.
More information on curriculum and at-home resources will be coming soon. Please expect a technology survey tomorrow to determine student accessibility from home. It is important that you complete this survey for each K-12 Davie County Schools student you have in your household. Thank you for your continued support during these unique circumstances.
COVID-19 District Update - March 13, 2020
We continue to monitor the events of COVID-19 with Davie County Health and Human services to plan for potential next steps.
First, it is important to note state officials have specifically recommended that schools NOT be closed preemptively. This recommendation reflects the current guidance that school-age children are at low risk of serious illness.
In response to guidance from the Governor and local health officials:
• Field trips and gatherings- Beginning Monday, March 16th, all field trips outside Davie County are suspended until further notice. In addition, nonessential business travel for staff is suspended, with exceptions approved by the superintendent. In-county field trips will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Following the Governor’s recommendation, we will postpone any gatherings over 100 people, including conferences, sporting events, concerts, faith based events and other large events. All facility use is being suspended beginning Sunday, March 15th at 11:59 p.m. until further notice.
• School, athletic, and district events - As of March 12th, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association has suspended athletic activities beginning at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 13th through Monday, April 6th. We are following the same guidelines for middle school athletics and suspending all workouts, skill development, practices and contests.
• Absences – Current school attendance guidelines are still in place as we continue to navigate through this ever-changing situation.
Emotional Support for Students
All the news about COVID-19 can be concerning for parents and students. Here are some tips to help address your child’s social and emotional needs:
• Create time to listen to and talk with your child. Be honest with young people and share with them as much information as they are developmentally able to process.
• Reassure children that adults at home and school are working to take care of their health and safety. If they have concerns, they should talk to an adult they trust.
• Remind children that most people will not get COVID-19. School and health officials are being especially careful to make sure as few people as possible get sick.
• Try and keep routines as normal as possible.
• Limit the amount of exposure to television and social media regarding COVID-19.
• It is important that all students and staff treat everyone with respect and not jump to conclusions about who may or may not have COVID-19.
If your child seems distressed about COVID-19, please reach out to your school counselor, psychologist, or social worker for support.
Additional resources to provide emotional support to children:
Students or Staff Who May Have Been Exposed
Health officials assure us that they will notify individuals if they are at risk of exposure to COVID-19.
If you believe you or an immediate family member may have been exposed to COVID-19, please call Davie County Health and Human Services at 336-753-6750.
State and federal law prohibits the school system from sharing confidential information about students and employees. While we understand that parents may have concerns, they do not have the legal right to know information about a student or staff member’s country of origin, health status, places traveled or family members.
COVID-19 District Update - March 12, 2020
As Governor Cooper declares state of emergency for North Carolina, Davie County Schools is taking the health and wellbeing of our students and staff very seriously. Davie County Schools is working closely with the local health department and emergency services, putting in place the proper precautions to ensure student, staff and community safety.
In collaboration with these local agencies, Davie County Schools is monitoring COVID-19 and staying up to date on the affected areas in NC and across the nation. Davie County Schools’ leadership, Superintendent and Board of Education are taking this into consideration and exercising caution when determining the status of future field trips and gatherings, based on the nature of the event and its location. Some trips have already been canceled by the trip host, and others have been voluntarily canceled or postponed, as we monitor the risks and make those decisions on a case-by-case basis.
As is our current practice, we will continue to take the proper precautions and remain diligent in the cleaning of schools, sanitizing commonly touched areas and utilizing the expertise of our school nurses.
Davie County Schools continues to remind students, staff and parents of the following steps in preventing the spread of germs: