• March 31, 2020

    Our transportation department continues to work on the bus routes for meal delivery, fine-tuning and re-routing as needed. We appreciate your patience and know that for many of you the ability to receive meal delivery for your children is extremely important. Our deliveries will be expanded over the next few days as we add additional buses to the routes. Also, we hope to activate a bus tracking app for parents that will allow you to know what time the bus will arrive at the stop location. The new normal we are all experiencing creates challenges, questions, and sometimes no quick or easy answers. But, please know we all are working hard to provide instruction and meals to your children during school closures. 

    March 30, 2020

    In light of the COVID-19 situation, North Carolina has received a flexibility waiver for one academic year from the ESSA federal accountability model. Due to this flexibility, the following EOG (End-of-grade) and EOC (End-of-course) assessments will not be administered for the 2019-2020 year:

    • Grades 3-8 ELA and Math EOG
    • Grades 5 and 8 Science EOG
    • English I, Math I, Math III, and Biology EOC assessments

     

    March 20, 2020

    Beginning Monday, March 23 several school buses and churches with help with delivering meals to students. 

    Nine yellow school buses will be delivering meals to students in the eastern part of the county starting at 11:00 AM. The buses will run a similar route as they do for school pick up and drop off but with slight changes to the route and times. The schools that are in the delivery route are Bladen Lakes, East Arcadia, East Bladen and Clarkton School of Discovery. Households in the bus delivery areas have been notified by phone call, email, and text message of their delivery time.
     
    Area churches will be delivering meals to students in the central and western parts of the county starting at 11:00 AM. Churches will use their church van/s to assist with the deliveries.
     
    Churches helping with delivery are Bethlehem UMC, Bladen Baptist Association, Bladenboro First Baptist, First Baptist Church Clarkton, Foundation Bible, Galeed Baptist, Hickory Grove Baptist, Lake Church, St. Thomas AME, Tar Heel Baptist, and Wesley's Chapel UMC.
     
    The feeding sites at the schools will remain open for pick up of meals. Those school sites are Bladenboro Middle, Clarkton School of Discovery, East Arcadia, Elizabethtown Middle, West Bladen High, Tar Heel Middle, and Bladen Lakes Primary. Meals are available from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the school sites.
     
    We thank you in advance for your flexibility and patience as we implement meal delivery. As with any new initiative, some elements will require refinement, and we encourage students and families to contact us for troubleshooting support. We are working hard to support our students.

     

    March 17, 2020

    Bladen County Schools will be transitioning to a new model for instructional delivery beginning Thursday, March 19 for at-home learning.  Our school campuses will be open tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM to allow parents to pick-up their child’s take-home work packet.  Parents and guardians are encouraged to pick up packets for neighbors or other’s children in their community with transportation issues.

    Each school will have a packet assigned by the student name for the purpose of reviewing and practicing previously taught course content. The packet will include paper and pencil activities. In addition, students will have the opportunity to extend learning through supplemental resources and activities through this period of school closure.

    Where possible, teachers have also posted their instructional materials online in Google Classroom and school websites. Be sure to watch the video below, “The Parent’s Guide to Google Classroom”, which will help you navigate your child’s teacher’s online classroom.

    Students who take online courses through the college or NCVPS should continue instruction and follow their respective guidelines. 

    Our Instructional Technology Facilitators (Mrs. Reeves and Mr. Clark) have developed a one-stop site of approved web tools for teachers and students to use. They will continue to add resources so check back often for updates. You can access the site here Digital Teaching and Learning

    While this new delivery method will be a learning process for students, caregivers and educators alike, we are confident that working cooperatively will help our students, their classmates, and teachers remain connected and engaged even when campuses are closed. We thank you in advance for your flexibility and patience as we implement at-home learning. As with any new initiative, some elements will require refinement, and we encourage students and families to contact us for troubleshooting support. 

    March 14, 2020 - 

    At 4:30 pm this afternoon NC Governor Copper mandated that all public K-12 North Carolina schools must CLOSE for two-weeks. This includes Bladen County Schools. Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, all Bladen County Schools will be closed for two-weeks in accordance with the Governor's mandate.

    This situation is rapidly changing and as any new information is provided to us, we will share that with you via all-call, email, text, website and social media postings.

    *video below from NC Governor Cooper's March 14, 2020 press conference 

    March 13, 2020 - 

    The Bladen County School Board of Education will hold an emergency called board meeting today (March 13) at 4 pm in the main meeting room of the board of education administration building. The purpose is to discuss procedures and protocols in response to the coronavirus.

    March 12, 2020
    Message from Superintendent Regarding COVID-19

    Dear Parents, 

    With the increased intensity of news reports and social media posts regarding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID19), comes speculation about the impact this virus may eventually have on school communities. It is important for you to know the most accurate and timely information about this health concern. 

    It is important to note that as of March 12, 2020, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Bladen County, but residents are still being urged by the Governor’s office to take all necessary precautions to prepare and keep themselves and their families safe. 

    Please note the following immediate actions being taken by the school district:

    • All field trips are canceled effectively immediately, March 12, 2020.
    • All middle and high school athletic workouts, skill development, practices, and contests are canceled effective on Friday, March 13, 2020, at 11:59 PM.
    • Our teachers are preparing for at least two weeks’ worth of work in the event schools should be closed.
    • All students enrolled in college classes at BCC will continue at this time.  Any changes will be communicated by the college.
    • All large group student activities are suspended indefinitely. Only curricular activities are allowed.  Specific details concerning these types of activities will be shared by the school administration.
    • If your child is sick, keep them home from school and notify the school of your child’s absence until they are symptom and fever-free without medication for 24 hours.
    • School facility use by outside organizations is halted.
    • Volunteers/visitors are encouraged to consider the following: “Based on guidance from state health officials, events that attract crowds should be avoided by those aged 65 and older, people with underlying medical conditions and those who are ill.”
    • Volunteers/visitors, who are experiencing symptoms of any illness or possible direct exposure, should refrain from visiting schools
       

    As always, our schools work closely with public health officials and follow all of their expert recommendations to best ensure the safety of everyone in our school community.  My team and I have met with Bladen County Health Department Director, Dr. Terri Duncan, and she has provided specific guidance concerning steps that the school district should take.  Her office has confirmed that Bladen County Schools has proactively worked to reduce health risks for students and staff. She encourages us to continue these precautionary activities until further notice. 

    Learning at our schools primarily occurs inside classrooms with face-to-face teaching by certified instructors using interactive technology tools. Any guidance on recovering the learning that may be lost during a potential school closing will come from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Our district will work with community partners to assist in providing access to the Internet for online instruction for families should schools be closed for a period of time.  

    According to public health officials, the way COVID-19 is spread is very similar to the flu and common colds. For this reason, we are encouraging our students and staff to actively wash their hands and take all of the same precautions they would normally take to avoid these illnesses. Please encourage your children to do the same at home as they build healthy habits!  Our schools are prepared to intensify cleaning practices throughout our buildings and will follow all directions provided by public health officials to prevent and limit the virus. We are asking students, staff, and the community to follow good respiratory etiquette and personal hygiene to prevent the spread of illnesses.

    Some tips include:

    • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time.
    • 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 (like your phone, tablet, countertops, and daily work surfaces).
    • Stay home and away from others when you are sick.
    • Practice social distancing by using fist bumps or elbows instead of shaking hands or hugs.
       

    We have open and effective lines of communication with our public health officials and will alert students, staff, and parents as we receive direction related to COVID-19. While education is important, the health and wellbeing of our students and staff are far more significant.

    Sincerely,

    Robert P. Taylor, Ed.D
    Superintendent


    Queridos padres y/o tutores,

     

    Con la creciente intensidad de los informes de noticias y los mensajes de las redes sociales sobre la enfermedad del Coronavirus 2019 (COVID19), surge la especulación sobre el impacto que este virus puede tener eventualmente en las comunidades escolares. Es importante que usted conozca la información más precisa y oportuna sobre esta preocupación de salud.

    Es importante señalar que al 12 de marzo de 2020, no hay casos confirmados de COVID-19 en el condado de Bladen, pero la oficina del Gobernador sigue instando a los residentes a tomar todas las precauciones necesarias para prepararse y mantenerse seguros a sí mismos y a sus familias.

    Por favor tome nota de las siguientes acciones inmediatas que está tomando el distrito escolar:

    • Todos los viajes de estudios son anulados con eficacia inmediatamente, el 12 de marzo de 2020.
    • Todos los entrenamientos atléticos de la escuela media y secundaria, desarrollo de habilidades, prácticas y concursos son cancelados con efecto el viernes, 13 de marzo de 2020, a las 11:59 PM.
    • Nuestros maestros se están preparando para por lo menos dos semanas de trabajo en el caso de que las escuelas debían ser cerradas.
    • Todos los estudiantes matriculados en clases universitarias en BCC continuarán en este momento. Cualquier cambio será comunicado por la universidad.
    • Todas las actividades estudiantiles en grupo grande son suspendidas indefinidamente. Sólo se permiten actividades curriculares. La administración escolar compartirá los detalles específicos relativos a estos tipos de actividades.
    • Si su hijo está enfermo, manténgase en casa de la escuela y notifique a la escuela la ausencia de su hijo hasta que no tenga síntomas ni fiebre sin medicamentos durante 24 horas.
    • Se anima a los voluntarios/visitantes a considerar lo siguiente: “Basándose en la orientación de los funcionarios de salud estatales, los eventos que atraen a las multitudes deben ser evitados por los mayores de 65 años, las personas con afecciones médicas subyacentes y los enfermos”.
    • Los voluntarios/visitantes, que están experimentando síntomas de cualquier enfermedad o posible exposición directa, deben abstenerse de visitar las escuelas.

    Como siempre, nuestras escuelas trabajan estrechamente con los funcionarios de salud pública y siguen todas sus recomendaciones expertas para asegurar la seguridad de todos en nuestra comunidad escolar. Mi equipo y yo nos hemos reunido con la Directora del Departamento de Salud del Condado de Bladen, Dra. Terri Duncan, y ella ha proporcionado orientación específica con respecto a los pasos que el distrito escolar debe tomar. Su oficina ha confirmado que las Escuelas del Condado de Bladen han trabajado proactivamente para reducir los riesgos de salud para los estudiantes y el personal. Ella nos anima a continuar estas actividades de precaución hasta nuevo aviso.

    El aprendizaje en nuestras escuelas ocurre principalmente dentro de las aulas con la enseñanza cara a cara por instructores certificados usando herramientas tecnológicas interactivas. Cualquier orientación sobre la recuperación del aprendizaje que se pueda perder durante un posible cierre de la escuela vendrá del Departamento de instrucción Pública de Carolina del Norte. Nuestro distrito trabajará con socios de la comunidad para ayudar a proveer acceso al Internet para instrucción en línea para las familias si las escuelas están cerradas por un período de tiempo.

    Según los funcionarios de salud pública, la forma en que se propaga el COVID-19 es muy similar a la gripe y a los resfriados comunes. Por esta razón, estamos animando a nuestros estudiantes y personal a lavarse activamente sus manos y tomar todas las mismas precauciones que normalmente tomarían para evitar estas enfermedades. ¡Por favor anime a sus niños a hacer lo mismo en casa que construyen hábitos saludables! Nuestras escuelas están preparadas para intensificar las prácticas de limpieza en todos nuestros edificios y seguirán todas las instrucciones proporcionadas por los funcionarios de salud pública para prevenir y limitar el virus. Estamos pidiendo a los estudiantes, al personal y a la comunidad que sigan una buena etiqueta respiratoria e higiene personal para prevenir la propagación de enfermedades.

    Algunos consejos incluyen:

    • Lávese las manos frecuentemente con agua y jabón durante al menos 20 segundos cada vez.
    • Evite tocarse los ojos, la nariz y la boca con las manos sin lavar. 
    • Evite el contacto cercano con personas enfermas. 
    • Cúbrase la boca y la nariz con un pañuelo de papel cuando tosa o estornude. 
    • No reutilice los tejidos después de toser, estornudar o soplar la nariz. 
    • Limpie y desinfecte las superficies que se tocan con frecuencia (como el teléfono, la tableta, las encimeras y las superficies de trabajo diarias).
    • Quédese en casa y lejos de otros cuando esté enfermo. 
    • Practique el distanciamiento social utilizando protuberancias o codos en el puño en lugar de agitar las manos o abrazos.

    Tenemos líneas de comunicación abiertas y efectivas con nuestros funcionarios de salud pública y alertamos a los estudiantes, al personal y a los padres cuando recibamos instrucciones relacionadas con COVID-19. Aunque la educación es importante, la salud y el bienestar de nuestros estudiantes y personal son mucho más significativos.

    Sinceramente,

    Robert P. Taylor, Ed.D

    Superintendent