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HARRIS TEETER ANNOUNCES FREE COVID-19 DRIVE-THRU TESTING IN HOKE

Harris Teeter today announced it will partner with Kroger Health and The Little Clinic to offer free COVID-19 tests for qualifying individuals in the Carolinas.

Testing will begin Friday, May 15 in Hoke County:

• Hoke County – Don Steed Elementary School – 800 Philippi Church Rd. Raeford, N.C. 28376

Testing will be conducted three days a week from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Appointments will be available each Friday, Saturday & Monday through May 30, with the exception of Memorial day.

Tests are available to qualifying individuals by appointment only. Individuals must schedule an appointment by visiting www.harristeeter.com/covidtesting.

“Harris Teeter is committed to being there for our communities when they need us most,” said Danna Robinson, communication manager for Harris Teeter. “We’re grateful we are able partner with Guilford, Hoke and Charleston counties to provide free testing to qualified community members.”

This onsite testing is supported with the laboratory services provided by eTrueNorth, a contractor of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“Kroger Health is proud to partner with Harris Teeter in this important effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Colleen Lindholz, President of Kroger Health. “This aligns perfectly with our vision, which is to help people live healthier lives.”

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MONTHLY MEETING NOTICE - HOKE COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: The Hoke County Board of Education will hold its monthly meeting at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. In order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the meeting will be conducted remotely. Hoke County Schools is committed to providing opportunities for members of the public to see the open session of the meeting and to submit public comments in ways that resemble as closely as possible the normal processes for in-person public meetings.

MEETING AGENDA

PANDEMIC ELECTRONIC BENEFIT TRANSFER PROGRAM (P-EBT)

North Carolina has been approved for the new Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program. This program will help families who have been impacted by school closings due to COVID-19 purchase food for their children.

In mid-May, families of students who normally receive free and reduced lunch at school will begin receiving P-EBT benefits. All families of students that attend Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) schools, regardless of their income, will be eligible for the card. All public schools in Hoke County are CEP schools. Families with children enrolled in Hoke County Schools will qualify for P-EBT benefits. There is no need for these families to complete an application or take any additional action to receive P-EBT benefits.

Qualified families will receive an allotment of $250 in EBT benefits for each enrolled child. Funds will be issued in two installments. The card can be used to purchase food items at EBT authorized retailers, including most major grocery stores. Families who already have EBT cards will have funds added to their existing card. For those who do not, cards will be mailed to the address on file. If families have recently moved, they should contact their child's school as soon as possible to update their address in PowerSchool.

For additional information about the P-EBT card, visit https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/public-health/covid19/assistance/p-ebt.

HOKE COUNTY SCHOOLS CLOSED FOR DEEP CLEANING

Hoke County Schools will close Thursday, April 30th and Friday, May 1st in order to facilitate a deep cleaning of all school and district buildings to ensure the safety and health of all employees.

• All schools, facilities and departments will be closed for two days; Thursday, April 30th and Friday, May 1st.

• There will be NO meal deliveries on Thursday, April 30th and Friday, May 1st. Meal deliveries will resume on Monday, May 4th.

• Remote Learning will continue. The Deep Cleaning Closure only impacts personnel who report to the buildings.

• The Maintenance Department along with all custodial staff at each school will facilitate a deep cleaning of the buildings, including the cafeteria and buses.

GOVERNOR CLOSES ALL NC SCHOOLS FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SCHOOL YEAR - REMOTE LEARNING WILL CONTINUE

On Friday, Governor Roy Cooper extended the school closure order that began on March 16 through the end of this school year. Although school buildings are closed, Hoke County Schools will continue remote learning and mobile meals for the rest of this school year. Our teachers and staff are working as hard as ever to provide the learning opportunities and nutrition our children need. Our families and community members have been incredibly supportive as we navigate this new world of remote learning, and our students have been so strong and resilient. We miss our students more than we can say, and we look forward to the fall when we hope to see all of our students' smiling faces back in our school buildings!

MONTHLY MEETING NOTICE - HOKE COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION - APRIL 14, 2020

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: The Hoke County Board of Education will hold its monthly meeting at 10:00 am on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. In order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the meeting will be conducted remotely. Hoke County Schools is committed to providing opportunities for members of the public to listen to the meeting and to submit public comments in ways that resemble as closely as possible the normal processes for in-person public meetings.

MEETING AGENDA

THIRD QUARTER REPORT CARDS AMID COVID-19 - APRIL 7, 2020

Due to school buildings being closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, 3rd Quarter Report Cards will not be sent home. Instead, 3rd Quarter Grades will be available to parents in PowerSchool beginning Wednesday April 15, 2020. In order to access student grades, parents will need to sign in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal or PowerSchool Mobile App.

PowerSchool states that the PowerSchool Mobile App is designed to “improve parent engagement and student accountability with easy, instant access to real-time student performance from any Android or iOS device, including Apple Watch.” The PowerSchool Mobile App can be downloaded in the Apple App Store and in the Google Play Store.

Why download the App?

Benefits include the ability to:

  • Receive real-time push notifications with updates about grades, scores, and attendance.
  • Receive email notifications for assignments, teacher comments, daily bulletins, schedules, and fee transactions.
  • Access all of your children in one portal.
  • Parents or guardians can also access PowerSchool through the PowerSchool Parent Portal. The PowerSchool Parent Portal provides the same access to student information as the PowerSchool Mobile App. PowerSchool Parent Portal is an online portal that is accessible anywhere on the web.

How can I create a Parent Account in PowerSchool?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the practice of social distancing, and school building closures at this time, parents or guardians can contact the school, by phone, that his/her child attends and speak with the Data Manager of the school to receive guidance in the creation of the account. The Data Manager may provide help directly over the phone to the parent or guardian along with directions of how to view grades in the PowerSchool Parent Portal or PowerSchool Mobile App.

MOBILE MEALS AND REMOTE LEARNING RESUME APRIL 6 - APRIL 5, 2020

Mobile meal deliveries will resume on Monday, April 6. We will begin loading food onto buses at 9:30 am and delivery routes will begin at approximately 10:00 am. Remember to watch for a bus at the bus stop closest to your home and listen for the bus horn. Staff will continue wearing gloves and practicing social distancing to the greatest extent possible as precautions for the health and safety of our community. As recommended by the CDC, we are also encouraging our staff to wear face coverings as an additional precaution.

We will also resume remote learning on Monday, April 6. Our students are encouraged to log on to Google Classroom or SeeSaw daily, and also check in with their teacher as often as possible. It is important for our students to stay engaged in their learning over the next several weeks.

CHANGES TO GRADING PERIODS, REPORT CARDS - MARCH 25, 2020

Due to the mandatory school closures in response to the coronavirus, Hoke County Schools has made some changes to the beginning and ending of grading periods.

Grading for the third grading period ended on March 13. This was the last day students were in school before the mandatory school closures. This change shortened the length of the third grading period which is typically nine weeks.

Students/parents should contact their child’s teacher as soon as possible if they need to make-up any missed work from the third grading period.

Report cards for the third grading period will be available to parents on PowerSchool beginning April 15.

Parents who need access to PowerSchool will need to contact their child’s school.

Grading for the fourth grading period began on March 16. This change will lengthen the fourth grading period making it longer than the typical nine weeks.

Parents can continue to access grades through the parent portal or the PowerSchool app.

SCHOOL CLOSURES EXTENDED, HOKE COUNTY'S RESPONSE - MARCH 23, 2020

On March 23, Governor Cooper announced that all schools in North Carolina will be closed through May 15. Although schools in Hoke County will be closed through May 15, teaching and learning will continue. Our teachers will continue working with our students through online remote learning.

Hoke County Schools will also continue to offer breakfast and lunch at no charge. Meal deliveries will take place each weekday, except during spring break.

Hoke County Schools will observe spring break next week, March 30-April 3. During our week of spring break there will be no remote learning and no mobile meal deliveries.

If you are in need of meals during spring break, there are several churches in the area that may be able to assist you.

After spring break, we will continue with our remote learning and mobile meal deliveries. Meal delivery routes will begin each weekday morning at 10:00 am. Hoke County children between the ages of 2-18 may pick up a package containing breakfast and lunch at the bus stop closest to their home. If parents have a question about the location of their bus stop, they are encouraged to call their child’s school.

Parents, we understand that this is a stressful and challenging time for you and our students. Please know that we are in this together. Our teachers and staff are here to support you. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher or your child’s school.

UPDATE ON COVID-19 RESPONSE - MARCH 23, 2020

Earlier today, Governor Cooper announced that all schools in North Carolina will be closed through May 15. Although schools in Hoke County will be closed through May 15, teaching and learning will continue. Our teachers will continue working with our students through online remote learning.

Hoke County Schools will also continue to offer breakfast and lunch at no charge. Mobile meal deliveries will begin at 10:00 am tomorrow, Tuesday, March 24. Meal deliveries will take place each weekday, except during spring break.

Hoke County Schools (*except SandHoke) will observe spring break next week, March 30-April 3. During our week of spring break there will be no remote learning and no mobile meal deliveries.

If you are in need of meals during spring break, there are several churches in the area that may be able to assist you.

After spring break, we will continue with our remote learning and mobile meal deliveries. Meal delivery routes will begin each weekday morning at 10:00 am. Hoke County children between the ages of 2-18 may pick up a package containing breakfast and lunch at the bus stop closest to their home. If parents have a question about the location of their bus stop, they are encouraged to call their child’s school.

Parents, we understand that this is a stressful and challenging time for you and our students. Please know that we are in this together. Our teachers and staff are here to support you. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher or your child’s school.

We will continue sharing updates as they become available. Please stay safe and healthy

BREAKFAST AND LUNCH DELIVERY DURING SCHOOL CLOSURE - MARCH 16, 2020

Hoke County Schools will continue to provide breakfast and lunch to our students at no charge from March 17 through March 27.

School buses will be used to deliver meals.

Any Hoke County child between the ages of 2-18 may pick up a breakfast/lunch package at the bus stop closest to their home.

If you have a question about which bus stop your child should go to for meals, please contact your child’s school.

Buses will begin their delivery routes at approximately 9:30 am. It is difficult to estimate what time the bus will be at your stop. We encourage parents and students to watch for their bus. We ask parents to please be patient as we work on making this process as efficient as possible.

All meals will be prepared in the school cafeteria and transported in temperature-controlled containers. All health and sanitation guidelines will be followed.

SCHOOL CLOSURE: REMOTE LEARNING, BREAKFAST AND LUNCH, AND OTHER IMPORTANT UPDATES - March 15, 2020

All schools in Hoke County will be closed for students from March 16-March 27. Monday, March 16 will be a mandatory workday for staff with extended hours from 8:00 am until 9:00 pm.

If students have already received packets of school work with directions from their teacher, they may begin working on these materials. Remote learning and online instruction will begin by Thursday, March 19.

If elementary and middle school students need a device, parents may pick devices up from their child’s school on Monday, March 16 between 2:00 pm-8:30 pm. Schools will also distribute additional information, instructional resources, and directions for students during this time.

Hoke County Schools will continue to provide breakfast and lunch at no charge. Beginning Tuesday, March 17, both breakfast and lunch will be delivered to children using school buses. Buses will run their normal routes beginning at 9:30 am. Children may pick up breakfast/lunch at the bus stop closest to their home.

Several changes have also been made to the current school calendar. Spring break has been moved to March 30-April 3. Friday, April 10 will be a regular school day. The Good Friday holiday has been moved to Monday, April 13. No changes have been made to SandHoke Early College’s calendar.

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s school.

What is Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that usually cause mild respiratory illnesses such as the common cold. This strain of the virus, COVID-19 is a disease caused by a new coronavirus that was not identified in humans before December 2019. Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. It takes 2 to 14 days after a person gets the virus in their body to become ill. COVID-19 is spread from person to person via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how flu and other respiratory pathogens spread. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. With most respiratory viruses, people are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).

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