The safety of our students, faculty, and staff is the number one priority in the Caldwell County School System.
We realize this is a difficult and unsettling time, and we have experienced unprecedented events, but we have also been strengthened and learned new ways to communicate effectively. The school district's response will continue to place the welfare and safety of the students first as we follow recommendations from local, state, and federal health and government officials on how to operate schools safely during this pandemic.
As Key Indicators Remain Stable, North Carolina Moves to Safer At Home Phase 2, Safer At Home, begins Friday, May 22 at 5 pm
North Carolina K-12 public schools will continue remote learning through the end of the 2019-2020 school year.
Governor Extends Stay At Home Order Through May 8, Plans Three Phase Lifting of Restrictions Based on Virus Trends
Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order No. 135 extending North Carolina’s Stay At Home order through May 8. The orders extending the closure of restaurants for dine-in service and bars and closure of other close-contact businesses are also extended through May 8.
Governor Roy Cooper ordered people in the state of North Carolina to stay at home for thirty days, until April 29, 2020, in another step to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Governor Cooper’s Executive Order No. 121 takes effect on Monday, March 30 at 5:00 PM and reduces the size of gatherings to 10 people. The Order provides for essential businesses to continue to operate while prioritizing social distancing measures. The Order has the force of law and will be enforced in all 100 counties statewide. (effective March 30 at 5 pm)
Governor Roy Cooper ordered tighter limits on gatherings and extended school closures statewide to May 15, 2020. The order also closed some businesses that require close social interaction and limited visitors to long-term care centers. (effective March 25)
EXECUTIVE ORDER 117 GUIDANCE FOR PERSONNEL MATTERS & SCHOOL FACILITIES
On March 14, 2020, Gov. Roy Cooper entered Executive Order No. 117 Prohibiting Mass Gatherings and Directing the Statewide Closure of K-12 Public Schools to Limit the Spread of COVID-19. Section 2 of the Executive Order directs that "all public schools close for students effective Monday, March 16, 2020, until March 30, 2020, unless extended beyond that date."
COVID-19 TIMELINE in North Carolina:
- March 10: N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper declares state of emergency
- March 11: World Health Organization declares COVID-19 a pandemic
- March 13: President Donald Trump declares National Emergency
- March 14: North Carolina closes all public schools, bans gatherings of more than 100 people
- April 23: Gov. Cooper extends Stay At Home Order through May 8
- April 24: Remote Learning continues through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year
- May 5: Gov. Cooper Announces Modified Stay At Home Order and Transition to Phase I of Easing Restrictions
- May 20: As Key Indicators Remain Stable, North Carolina Moves to Safer At Home Phase 2Phase 2, Safer At Home, begins Friday, May 22 at 5 pm
A complete listing and explanation of executive orders issued by Governor Cooper since March 10, 2020.
From Our Superintendent to Seniors
As we work through this 'new' reality, it is important that we make a commitment to the Class of 2020 to hold a graduation ceremony. We are finalizing details now, but we want to let our students and their parents know that we will make sure this unforgettable milestone occurs. We realize and regret that our seniors have abbreviated their rite of passage due to school closure; however, we will ensure that every senior is recognized and experiences a unique, one-of-a-kind graduation.
We will forge through this health crisis together, and when it's behind us, we will have acquired new skills, appreciated the simpler things in life, and strengthened the bonds that exist between families, students, teachers, and our schools.
What are we Doing Now?
We are encouraging everyone to follow the Governor's safety-at-home order.
While schools are closed to students and the public for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, we will continue
Providing meals weekly - every Tuesday and Wednesday - to all children in Caldwell County 18 years and under. Each child is given seven days of breakfast and lunch meals.
Utilizing the district Remote Learning Plan, which provides a blueprint for the continuation of student learning while schools are closed.
Connecting with students on a regular basis to check on students' needs and individual welfare.
Offering employees options to telework and participate in virtual staff development.
Collaborating with community agencies and businesses to share and optimize available resources.
Helpful Tips to Keep You and Your Family Healthy
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water, and for at least 20 seconds each time. Hand-washing is more important than ever especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it’s the most basic action any person can take to minimize the threat.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Do not reuse tissue after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.
The following actions and recommendations are in place to help reduce the spread of infection, to protect lives, and to maintain a healthy and safe school environment. Please check below for specific changes that may affect you and your family:
Effective immediately the Caldwell County Schools will adhere to the statewide guidance to postpone or cancel any event, gathering, or school-sponsored activity that involves 10 people or more.
Understandably, there are concerns about the potential loss of money already paid for field trips, and school administrators or their designees are in contact with the travel organizations regarding refunds. Parents will be notified by their respective school contacts.
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA), which governs our athletic programs, has suspended all interscholastic athletics for middle and high school students until further notice.
Extracurricular Activities & Community Events
All school-related extracurricular activities and community events held at schools have been suspended until further notice. This includes after school activities like clubs, school dances, and spirit nights held at area restaurants. Special events sponsored or co-sponsored by the Caldwell County Schools are suspended until further notice.
WrapAround, the before and after school program, is closed when public schools are closed.