Gates County Public Schools
205 Main Street/P.O. Box 125
Gatesville, NC 27938
Phone: (252) 357-1113
Fax: (252) 357-0207
Summer District Office Hours
Beginning Monday, June 15, 2019 through Friday, August 7, 2019
Monday – Thursday Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Employees work a flexible work schedule totaling 40 hours per week
CLOSED ON FRIDAYS
July 31, 2020
Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! I want to take this time to personally thank each and every one of you for your commitment to our students. You are on the frontline of the pandemic and you continue to serve with dedication and resolve and I thank you in advance for your efforts in helping our students to reach their fullest potential, not just during this time of crisis, but every day during the school year!
On July 14, 2020, Governor Cooper gave public schools the option to open under a blended model or under a remote learning option. On July 22, 2020, the decision was made by our board of education to open schools under Plan C- Remote Learning Only for the first nine weeks of schools. This decision was made in the interest of student and staff well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As we begin the 2020-2021 school year under Plan C-Remote Learning Only, we are in a constant state of adjustments and revisions. Each day, there are updates to plans and protocols from the CDC, NCDHHS, and DPI. I anticipate that adjustments to any plan will continue to be fluid, changing as knowledge about the virus and about the experiences of schools on Plan B evolve.
The main goal for Gates County Schools in reopening under Plan C is to establish the safest and healthiest environment for our students and staff while providing a quality education for our students. To support you and our students, we have developed a written plan which details protocols and procedures for operating our school district during the pandemic. A few of the things we have incorporated in our plan for the 2020-2021 school year include: an increased inventory and utilization of iPads, Chromebooks, and MiFi’s for use by students who do not have a personal device or access to the internet, a detailed plan for cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting classrooms, schools, and buses, and a detailed remote learning plan to guide instruction.
Ultimately, the goal is to move back to our traditional school model during the 2020-2021 school year. Hopefully, the pandemic will soon subside and we can get back to school as we all know it. We must do our part to assist in achieving this goal by being vigilant in following the guidelines of the CDC and NCDHHS.
Together, we will move forward with remote learning, providing a quality education for our students. Together, we will tackle any obstacles that we may encounter. Together, we will adapt and change in the best interest of our students. Together, we will make the 2020-2021 school year a wonderful experience for our students!
Dr. Barry Williams & The Board of Education