The safety and health of our students, faculty, and staff are top priorities in the Caldwell County School System and as we face the challenges of this pandemic, we will follow the requirements, protocols and procedures from local and state officials to provide a healthy learning environment.
North Carolina Status:
On February 2, 2021, Gov Cooper called on schools across the state to reopen to in-person instruction to all students. This call to action recognized ongoing research, including a study just released in North Carolina that has shown that school settings have low rates of transmission, even with high rates of community transmission when strong preventive measures are in place. Further, there are growing harms to children who are out of school and relying solely on remote instruction, including negative impacts on academics, mental health, and food insecurity.
Operational status: Schools may operate on Plan A for elementary schools and Plan B (6-foot social distancing) for middle and high schools.
Gov. Roy Cooper announced that children in kindergarten through fifth grade may return to in-person learning under the state’s least restrictive reopening Plan A as early as October 5. School districts are not mandated to implement Plan A but now they have the option.
Click here for a complete listing and explanation of executive orders issued by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper since March 10, 2020.
The Board of Education approved the state’s Plan A reopening format for elementary schools (grades K-5) starting on Monday, Oct. 19, the first day of the 2nd 9-week grading period. Even though all students in grades K-5 may return to school at the same time, schools will require health screenings, face coverings, frequent hand washing, and social distancing as often as feasibly possible. Students in grades K-12 continue to have the full remote learning option through Caldwell Connect.
Public Health Data
The school district schedules daily check-ins with the Caldwell County Health Department, community college, and Caldwell UNC Health Care to ascertain the most current COVID-19 data. Procedures and protocols outlined by state health officials are being followed and together with school nurses and the Caldwell County Health Department, they are managing the contract tracing, subsequent quarantines, and isolations. The team also ensures a healthy return for all students and staff once they have met the state's isolation requirements.
- Summary of COVID-19 in Caldwell County
- To date, there have not been any COVID-19 clusters identified in any Caldwell County Schools. A "cluster" is defined as five or more confirmed cases with a plausible school-based transmission linkage.
- The NCDHH has launched a COVID-19 tracing tool. SlowCOVIDNC alerts users who have the app if they have been in close contact with an individual who later tested positive for COVID-19. It is voluntary to download and use and is designed to enhance the state's existing contact tracing efforts.
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What are we Doing Now?
Students in grades K-5 transitioned to Plan A on Oct. 19, 2019. Click here for more details. Students in grades 6-8 continue on Plan B Hybrid Setting - face-to-face and remote learning. Students in grades K-12 continue to have the option of full remote learning through Caldwell Connect.
For students attending school on campus for in-person instruction, safety protocols are strictly observed and will be practiced by students, faculty and staff. Visitors to campus continue to be restricted to maintain a safe and healthy learning environment.
As students navigate through new remote learning platforms, there are many resources available to assist families.
Questions about devices (Chromebooks) or programs?
Call the Technology Help Desk: 828-728-8407 ext. 140122
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