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    September 25, 2020

    The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced the launch of a COVID-19 Exposure Notification app called SlowCOVIDNC. The app will help North Carolinians slow the spread of the virus by alerting them when they may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. It is completely anonymous and does not collect, store, or share personal information or location data. We hope you will share this announcement with your networks and encourage people to download the app. The more people that use the app, the better it works.

    SlowCOVIDNC leverages Google and Apple’s Exposure Notification System (ENS) to alert users who have the app if they have been in close contact with an individual who later tests positive for COVID-19. It is voluntary to download and use and designed to enhance the state’s existing contact tracing efforts. The app completed Beta testing earlier this month and can now be downloaded for free through the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. The app is available in English and Spanish. 

    Here’s how SlowCOVIDNC will work:

    1.       Download the free SlowCOVIDNC Exposure Notification app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and enable Bluetooth and Exposure Notifications. Bluetooth must be on for the app to work.

    2.       After opting-in to receive notifications, the app will generate an anonymous token for the device. A token is a string of random letters and numbers which changes every 10-20 minutes and is never linked to identity or location. This protects app user privacy and security.

    3.       Through Bluetooth, phones with the SlowCOVIDNC app work in the background (minimizing battery) to exchange these anonymous tokens every few minutes. Phones record how long they are near each other and the Bluetooth signal strength of their exchanges in order to estimate distance.

    4.       If an app user tests positive for COVID-19, the individual may obtain a unique PIN to submit in the app. This voluntary and anonymous reporting notifies others who have downloaded the app that they may have been in close contact with someone in the last 14 days who has tested positive.

    5.       PINs will be provided to app users who receive a positive COVID-19 test result through a web-based PIN Portal, by contacting the Community Care of North Carolina call center, or by contacting their Local Health Department.

    6.       SlowCOVIDNC periodically downloads tokens from the server from the devices of users who have anonymously reported a positive test. Phones then use records of the signal strength and duration of exposures with those tokens to calculate risk and determine if an app user has met a threshold to receive an exposure notification.

    To learn more about SlowCOVIDNC and to download the app, visit https://www.covid19.ncdhhs.gov/slowcovidnc, which also includes an FAQ.

    September 17, 2020

     On September 17, Governor Cooper announced that North Carolina students in grades K-5 would be allowed to return for in-person classroom instruction under ‘Plan A’ if a school system can do so safely beginning October 5th. The governor’s full press release can be read here. As a reminder, the Governor’s ‘Plan A’ includes:

    • Minimal social distancing in classrooms; 6-feet of social distancing in all other school areas;
    • Enhanced cleaning protocols;
    • Face coverings are required;
    • Daily wellness checks for students, staff, and visitors.

    We are awaiting further guidance regarding social distancing on our school buses under ‘Plan A’. 

    What does this mean for our school system?

    The Bladen County Schools Re-opening leadership will revisit our Return to Learn strategy for grades K-5 and follow up with any possible modifications to our current Plan B blended learning, which began on September 14 for grades PreK-4.

    * Please note, if you chose remote-only for your child, the Governor’s announcement on September 17 will NOT affect them. Your child will remain a remote-only learner until the end of the semester. 

    July 27, 2020

    Details on Cloth Face Coverings Being Supplied for all K-12 Public School Students, Teachers, and Staff

    The evidence continues to show that wearing a cloth face covering is the most critical tool we have in our arsenal to protect against the spread of COVID-19. This is why on July 14, 2020, DHHS updated the
    state’s public health guidance for K-12 schools to include that all K – 12th-grade students, teachers, staff and adult visitors wear cloth face coverings unless the person (or family member, for a student) states
    that an exception applies, or the person is eating, drinking, or strenuously exercising. Face coverings must be worn by K-12 students, and all teachers, staff, and adult visitors inside school buildings and
    anywhere on school grounds, including outside. Face coverings will also be required while traveling on buses or other school transportation vehicles.

    To support meeting these requirements, the state is providing five cloth face coverings for all K-12 public school students, teachers, and staff. In addition, the state has also provided “starter packs” of personal
    protective equipment (PPE) to public schools that included a two-month supply of thermometers, surgical masks, face shields and gowns for school nurses and delegated staff who provide health care to
    students.

    North Carolina Emergency Management is purchasing the cloth face coverings for all public school units. The three-layer, cotton, reusable face coverings, manufactured by Hanes (see picture below), will be
    shipped directly by the vendor (Grainger) to public school units. The cloth face coverings come in a “universal size” with a height of 5-1/4” and width of 7-1/4”, which falls within the Johns Hopkins
    recommended measurements for children. If the face coverings are too large for very young children, schools and parents are encouraged to tie the ear loops so that the face coverings will not hang off the side of the
    face and chin.

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    July 24, 2020

    The Bladen County Schools’ Board of Education has released its plan to begin the 2020-2021 school year for students and staff. During a special called meeting on July 23, the Board approved the plan presented by Superintendent Robert Taylor. 

    The district will open with remote-only learning for students beginning August 17. All remote learning will be required and offer rigor and opportunities equal to what students experience on campus. School districts across North Carolina, including Bladen County, implemented this scenario in spring 2020. Bladen County Schools have continued to refine its remote teaching and learning practices since and are ready and prepared to make this transition. The district’s goal is to transition back to full in-person teaching and learning as soon as it is safe to do so. 

    This decision to move from an A/B schedule in PreK-4 grades and remote-only in grades 5-12  to now implementing remote-only learning in all grade levels was made based on the guidance the district has received from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the North Carolina Governor’s Office, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI), and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS). Moreover, issues surrounding safety, funding, transportation, staffing, and logistics created unprecedented challenges. 

    Remote-only learning will be carried out across all grade levels. The district will expect students to participate in virtual classes based on the guidelines set by each teacher. Remote learning will occur asynchronously and be conducted Mondays through Fridays. Teachers will maintain virtual classroom office hours between 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., allowing students and parents to communicate with them as needed during those times. Teachers will be remotely teaching from their classrooms and other appropriate locations, ensuring equity and fidelity for all students. Student attendance will be monitored and students will receive a report card at the end of the quarter. 

    The following timeline will be followed but, is subject to change based on the current conditions within the county and the state. In like manner, the governor can at any time change the phase of reopening or closing for the state.

      • August 10 - Teachers and staff report to work
      • August 17 - First day of remote learning for PreK-12 grade students
      • September 14 - Contingent upon state and local conditions and further guidance from the state, the following instructional plan is that blended learning for PreK-4 grade students will come back to the school campus or remote learning continues based on parent request. All other grade levels will remain on remote learning. The schedule would be as follows:
        • A group - Mondays and Tuesdays
        • Both groups remote learning - Wednesdays
        • B group - Thursdays and Fridays

     

    • October 5 - Same as above with the addition of 5-8 grade students coming back to the school campus or remote learning based on parent request
    • October 23 - Same as above with the addition of 9-12 grade students coming back to the school campus or remote learning based on parent request

     

    To help ensure students can fully engage in remote learning, the district will provide laptops for those in K-12 grades who do not have reliable access to a computer at home. The annual $20 laptop user fee normally required to be paid by parents is being waived for this school year. Parents will still be required to sign a laptop user contract and will be responsible for damages incurred during the school year. Laptops will be deployed at both the middle and high schools the week before school starts; elementary schools will deploy on the first two days of school.  Parents must be present to pick-up a laptop for their child. Schools will contact parents with specific details regarding deployment and pick-up. 

    The following schedule will be followed for dates and times of laptop deployment:

    • Monday, August 10 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. at East Bladen, West Bladen, and Bladen Early College high schools (freshmen only - students in grades 10-12 have their laptop as they kept them over the summer)
    • Tuesday, August 11 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. at East Bladen and West Bladen high schools (freshmen only -  students in grades 10-12 have their laptop as they kept them over the summer)
    • Wednesday, August 12 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. at all middle schools
    • Thursday, August 13 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. at all middle schools
    • Monday, August 17 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m at all elementary schools
    • Tuesday, August 18 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. at all elementary schools

    The district is also exploring options for securing additional Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the county for students so that they have the tools needed to learn remotely. Recently, the district received four hotspot devices thanks to donations from AT&T, Google, and Duke Energy Foundation. The BCS Technology department will be working to identify areas within the county where students are experiencing a connectivity gap and install those devices.

    Currently, there are external Wi-Fi hotspots at Bladen Lakes Primary, Bladenboro Middle, Clarkton School of Discovery, East Arcadia Elementary, East Bladen High School, Tar Heel Middle, and West Bladen High School. 

    Additionally, the BCS Child Nutrition and Transportation departments will provide meals to children daily similar to the summer feeding program. School feeding sites will operate preparing breakfast and lunch meals for students either by curbside pick-up or bus delivery.

    Although students will be engaged in remote learning in the short term, the district has a plan for welcoming back students and staff into its buildings once it is safe to do so. 

    The Bladen County Schools district has established a web page where families and community members can learn more about the reopening plan and the remote learning model that will be used to start the school year. To access the page, visit www.bladen.k12.nc.us.



    July 20, 2020

    The results are in and with 1,244 parents responding to our reopening survey we can use the data to further develop the plans of how our schools will reopen in August.

    The full survey and responses are found below but, here's just a couple of the highlights of the questions asked:

    I plan to send my child back to school in August:

    • 45.5% Yes
    • 33.6% Unsure
    • 20.9% No

    When schools reopen, my child will ride the bus:

    • 51.1% No
    • 30.2% Yes
    • 18.6% Not sure

    How comfortable do you think you will be sending your elementary school child back to school?

    • 32.6% Not applicable
    • 26.7% Extremely uncomfortable
    • 17% Hesitant and concerned
    • 9.3% Somewhat comfortable
    • 9.2% Extremely comfortable

    View the entire responses below: 


     

    July 16, 2020

    We understand many of you have questions about NC Pre-K and the recent announcement made by Governor Cooper to re-open schools for the 2020-2021 school year and the Bladen County Schools K – 12 School Reopening Plans that was released yesterday. 

    The state NC Pre-K office is working on more detailed guidance specific to NC Pre-K and our re-opening expectations. Preschool programs, including the BCS Pre-K program, will follow the NC Interim Guidance for Child Care Settings, ChildCareStrong. While similar to the K - 12 public health guidance, the NC Interim Guidance for Child Care Settings guidance is better suited for early learning.

    We expect the final state guidance to be available in the early part of next week as it must be reviewed by the state Interim Director, Dr. Snuggs, and Deputy Director of DHHS, Susan Perry before we can share it.

    The good news is that Bladen County Schools will operate its Pre-K program for the 2020-2021 school year.  As we move closer to the start of school, we will be sharing specific, granular details of how Pre-K learning will take place, including the processes and expectations focused on how to best support our youngest students.  Pre-K registration and screening remain open for the 2020-2021 school year.


    July 15, 2020

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, our district has had to reimagine how we can provide a high-quality education for all learners while maintaining safety as a top priority. In order to allow you adequate time to plan, provide feedback, and prepare for the 2020-2021 school year, we are providing you with a first look at our plans for reopening school in the fall. The plans presented are guidelines that are subject to change based on the status and severity of COVID-19 in our area, and state and public health requirements. 


    As students return to school on August 17, our district will be offering two options for students in Kindergarten through 4th grades. These families will have the choice of a hybrid school model or a virtual school model. 

    Hybrid students will attend school on an “A” day schedule (Mondays and Wednesdays) or a “B” day schedule (Tuesdays and Thursdays). The district will pre-assign students to either an “A” day or a “B” day. Families that choose the virtual school model for their child will attend school 100% virtually. Both hybrid and virtual K-4 students will participate in virtual learning on Fridays.


    For students in the 5th through 12th grades, BCS will offer 100% virtual learning. These students will attend school virtually on Mondays through Fridays.

    Any student (K-12) that participates in virtual learning and does not have adequate at-home internet access will be provided take-home student work packets from their school similar to what was offered in the spring. 


    In all grade levels, accommodations will be made for our exceptional children and special needs population. While we don’t have the specific details yet of those accommodations, our Exceptional Children department is working with each school individually to identify the best plan for instructional delivery and learning.


    There are many factors that limit our district’s ability to host all students fully on campus. Some of these factors include:

    Public health requirements of 36 sq ft. of space between all students. Based on our building sizes, this limits our in-person student population to approximately 12 students per classroom
    Staffing limitations as vulnerable staff members continue to work from home
    Transportation limitations (social distancing will limit our school buses to 24 students)
    The recommendation to cohort groups of students to limit the impact of students and staff affected by a potential COVID 19 outbreak
    We are pleased to be able to offer parent choice based on these two models. We are confident that we can provide high-quality instruction to virtual learners alongside their in-person peers via technology and district support. Our district also has prioritized creating options that allow students with illness to work from home, and this model allows flexibility for online learning if there is an outbreak that requires campus closures. 


    To help ease the transition to this new way of “school”, our board has implemented a no uniform policy for the 2020-2021 school year. Every student in every school will not be required to wear a uniform to school. However, the district dress code policy will remain in effect, just not the uniform policy. 


    The Bladen County School District acknowledges that there will be many questions, and will be providing more guidance in the coming weeks. We are still in the planning stages, and plans will be adjusted based on local and state health guidance. As we move closer to the start of school, we will be sharing specific, granular details of how hybrid learning and virtual learning will take place, including the processes and expectations focused on how to best support our students. 


    All plans will be made with your child’s safety and academic progress as our unwavering top commitments. Our mission remains: To ensure that all students have the knowledge and skills necessary to be resourceful and successful.
     

    Durante la pandemia de COVID-19, nuestro distrito ha tenido que volver a imaginar cómo podemos proporcionar una educación de alta calidad para todos los alumnos manteniendo la seguridad como una prioridad principal. Para permitirle un tiempo adecuado para planificar, proporcionar retroalimentación y prepararse para el año escolar 2020-2021, le brindamos un primer vistazo a nuestros planes para la reapertura de la escuela en el otoño. Los planes presentados son pautas que están sujetas a cambios según el estado y la gravedad de COVID-19 en nuestra área, y los requisitos de salud pública y estatal.


    A medida que los estudiantes regresen a la escuela el 17 de agosto, nuestro distrito ofrecerá dos opciones para estudiantes de Kindergarten hasta cuarto grado. Estas familias tendrán la opción de un modelo de escuela híbrido, o un modelo de escuela virtual. Los estudiantes híbridos asistirán a la escuela en un horario de día "A" (lunes y miércoles) o en un horario de día "B" (Martes y jueves). El distrito asignará previamente a los estudiantes a un día "A" o un día "B". Familias que elijan el modelo de escuela virtual para que su hijo asista a la escuela 100% virtualmente. Ambos híbridos y virtuales K-4 los estudiantes participarán en el aprendizaje virtual los viernes.


    Para los estudiantes de quinto a duodécimo grado, BCS ofrecerá un aprendizaje 100% virtual. Estos estudiantes asistirán a la escuela prácticamente de lunes a viernes. Cualquier estudiante que opta por participar en el aprendizaje virtual y lo hace, si no tienen acceso a internet adecuado en el hogar, se les proporcionarán paquetes de trabajo para estudiantes de su escuela similar a lo que se ofreció en la primavera.


    En todos los niveles de grado, se harán adaptaciones para nuestros niños excepcionales y la población con necesidades especiales. Si bien aún no tenemos los detalles específicos de esos alojamientos, nuestro departamento de Niños Excepcionales está trabajando con cada escuela individualmente para identificar el mejor plan para la entrega de instrucción y el aprendizaje


    Hay muchos factores que limitan la capacidad de nuestro distrito para albergar a todos los estudiantes completamente en nuestras instalaciones. Algunos de estos factores se incluyen:

    Requisitos de salud pública de 36 pies cuadrados de espacio entre todos los estudiantes. Según los tamaños de nuestros edificios, esto limita nuestra población estudiantil en persona a aproximadamente 12 estudiantes por aula
    Limitaciones de personal ya que los miembros vulnerables del personal continúan trabajando desde casa
    Limitaciones de transporte (el distanciamiento social limitará nuestros autobuses escolares a 24 estudiantes)
    La recomendación de agrupar grupos de estudiantes para limitar el impacto de los estudiantes y el personal afectados por un posible brote de COVID 19
    Nos complace poder ofrecer opciones para padres basadas en estos dos modelos. Estamos seguros de que podemos proporcionar instrucción de alta calidad a estudiantes virtuales junto con sus compañeros en persona a través de la tecnología y el apoyo del distrito. Nuestro distrito también ha priorizado la creación de opciones que permitan a los estudiantes con enfermedades trabajar desde casa, y este modelo permite flexibilidad para el aprendizaje en línea si hay un brote que requiere el cierre de nuestras instalaciones.


    Para ayudar a facilitar la transición a esta nueva forma de "escuela", nuestra junta ha implementado una política de no usar uniforme para el año escolar 2020-2021. No se requerirá que cada estudiante en cada escuela use un uniforme para ir a la escuela. Sin embargo, la política del código de vestimenta del distrito seguirá vigente, pero no la política del uniforme.


    El Distrito Escolar del Condado de Bladen reconoce que habrá muchas preguntas y proporcionará más orientación en las próximas semanas. Todavía estamos en las etapas de planificación, y los planes se ajustarán en función de las necesidades locales y orientación de salud estatal. A medida que nos acercamos al comienzo de la escuela, compartiremos información específica y granular detalles de cómo se llevará a cabo el aprendizaje híbrido y el aprendizaje virtual, incluidos los procesos y las expectativas enfocado en cómo apoyar mejor a nuestros estudiantes.


    Todos los planes se realizarán con la seguridad y el progreso académico de su hijo como nuestros principales compromisos inquebrantables. Nuestra misión sigue siendo: De asegurar que todos los estudiantes tengan el conocimiento y las habilidades necesarias para ser ingeniosos y exitosos.



    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