Communication Updates from hoke county schools

ALL NC SCHOOLS CLOSED BY GOVERNOR COOPER - MARCH 14, 2020

ATTENTION: This afternoon, Governor Roy Cooper announced that all schools throughout North Carolina will be closed to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Therefore, Hoke County Schools will be closed beginning Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27. Monday, March 16 will be a workday for all staff. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

LETTER FROM SUPERINTENDENT WILLIAMSON - MARCH 13, 2020

Hoke County Schools Families, Students, and Staff,

As we continue to receive information about COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus, we wanted to share with you the steps we are currently taking in Hoke County Schools to prevent the spread of this virus. We have been communicating with local and state officials about COVID-19 and the best course of action to keep our students and staff safe. We realize this is a difficult time, and may cause significant unpredictable hardships, and the decisions we make in response are very carefully considered.

While there are no confirmed cases in Hoke County, there are numerous cases in North Carolina and that number is growing each day. We have taken the advice of Governor Roy Cooper to limit large gatherings and travel. This means that effective immediately all district events, including athletics, are cancelled until further notice. All field trips have been cancelled, and all professional development and travel outside the district has been cancelled for staff.

At this time, our schools will remain open. In the event that we receive an order to close schools, we are preparing to continue our teaching and learning. We are developing a plan to provide remote learning opportunities if we experience long-term closures. The Remote Learning Plan will ensure all of our students will receive a quality learning experience remotely from home. Parents will receive additional information about this plan in the coming days. Please read this information carefully and if you have any questions you may contact your child’s school.

We will continue to assess these precautions and make adjustments as necessary based on guidance from Governor Cooper and local/state health officials. In the event that Hoke County Schools close, we will make every effort to give parents advance notice. We understand the inconvenience that these restrictions may cause. However, we feel we are making the best decisions with the information we have to do our part in slowing the spread of this virus. Now is the time to work together as a community to protect the health of our students, staff, and families.

Sincerely,

Dr. Freddie Williamson

Superintendent, Hoke County Schools

Official Statement from Hoke County Schools Regarding COVID-19 - march 11, 2020

On Tuesday, March 10, Governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency in North Carolina to help limit the spread of COVID-19, also known as coronavirus. A state of emergency will allow government officials to take additional measures to protect the public. It will also have an immediate effect on our school district.

Effective immediately and until further notice, Hoke County Schools will take the following precautions to protect the health, safety and well-being of our students, staff, and community:

· All out-of-state field trips and travel by students and staff have been cancelled.

· All out-of-district field trips and travel by students and staff have been cancelled.

· All field trips within Hoke County have been cancelled.

· The North Carolina High School Athletic Association has cancelled all athletics across the state effective Friday, March 13, 2020 through Monday, April 6, 2020 at this point. This shutdown includes all sports to include: games, practices, off-season workouts, afterschool conditioning, after school weight training, meetings, etc. The shutdown on athletics becomes effective in Hoke County Schools this evening, Thursday, March 12, 2020.

· All district-level events, including STEM Competition, Special Olympics, and High School Prom, have been cancelled until further notice.

· School events held on school campus will continue at the principal’s discretion.

Based on recommendations from state officials, our schools will remain open as we continue to monitor this situation.

We will continue to remind our school community that the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are the same preventions that are recommended for the spread of the flu and common cold. We encourage students, staff, and school visitors to follow proper handwashing and sanitation practices to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses.

These guidelines are subject to change based on updates from local and state health officials.

Information about COVID-19 is developing quickly and the CDC continues to share new updates. We encourage staff and families to visit the CDC website for the most accurate and timely information about the virus. For more information, visit: www.cdc.gov/COVID19.

Staff and families may also visit the following websites for additional guidance: www.ncdhhs.gov/ and https://sites.google.com/hcs.k12.nc.us/hoke-county-schools/coronavirus-updates.

FIELD TRIP REFUNDS

All field trips for Hoke County students have been cancelled. This decision was made after considering Governor Cooper's Executive Order declaring a State of Emergency due to COVID-19, as well as considering the health risks associated with travel. The health and safety of our students and staff are our top priority. However, we also understand that our families have invested their money into paying for these field trips. Our schools are working diligently with the travel companies to get refunds for our families. At this time, we cannot guarantee that all students will receive refunds, but we are doing all we can. This process will take time and our schools will update parents as they receive more information about refunds for specific field trips.