***Parents please go to the GATES COUNTY SCHOOLS WEBPAGE AND TAKE THE SCHOOL REOPENING SURVEY:
School Reopening Family Survey
Parents, your voice and our students’ voices are important to us! Gates County Schools is following state guidance for reopening schools on August 17, 2020. As we move ahead and plan for what school may look like in the fall, we’d like to hear from you and your family. Please respond to the questions below to indicate your preferences, your intentions and your concerns regarding student learning and safety during this unique, upcoming academic school year. responses are anonymous and there is no way to connect your responses to your name.
Thank you, Dr. Barry Williams, Superintendent of Schools
1. How many children in your household attend Gates County Schools?
More than 4
2. Grade Level (20-21 School Year)
3. School (20-21 School Year)
TS Cooper Elementary
Gates County High
4. Considering COVID-19 concerns, what are your plans for your child’s return to school on August 17, 2020. (Select one)
I plan for my child to attend school and will send my child into their school for face-to-face instruction
I do not want my child to attend school in person and would prefer to have them participate in a full time, online virtual classroom
I do not want my child to attend school in person and will pick up paper packets for my children and return the completed packets for feedback
I would prefer my children to participate in a hybrid learning experience (ie, some instruction takes place inside the school building face-to-fact and some online/virtual)
I am unsure about whether I want my child to attend school in person or participate in a remote option (ie, a full time, online virtual classroom, paper packets, or a hybrid learning experience).
5. When Gates County Schools resumes in person instruction, how do you plan for your child to be transported? (Select one)
I will need them to be transported by school bus
I will bring them to school and pick them up
I am choosing to have my child participate in a full time remote learning option and do not plan for my child to attend school in person and will not need transportation.
I am unsure
6. Which of the following statements are true when thinking of the 2020-21 school year? Select all that apply.
My child cannot carry out distance learning from home due to lack of child care
Carrying out distance learning from home will place an extremely difficult burden on my family
My child will require supervision at school before the school day begins
My child will require supervision at school after the school day lets out
My child will rely on the school/district for meals and receiving enough food
My child will rely on school district transportation (school bus)
7. Do you have consistent internet access at your home?
8. Which types of devices do your child(ren) have access to at home? Check all that apply.
9. Given what we know about the COVID-19 pandemic, where do you prefer the school district to focus its efforts? (Select one)
Making it safe for students and staff to return to the school building
Making remote learning the best it can be
Both of these
Do not have a preference
We are building a parent Frequently Asked Questions or FAQ document. What questions do you have regarding going back to school in the fall?
Public Announcement: Governor Roy Cooper Delays Reopening NC Schools Plan
Governor Roy Cooper announced this afternoon at 3 pm that no decision regarding the reopening schools will be made within a couple of weeks. He has encouraged school districts to continue to work on re-entry plans with the goal of starting school face-to-face.
A source with knowledge of the discussions had heard that Cooper is still grappling with conflicting demands related to the spread of the coronavirus and the need to get students back to school.
Our focus is on developing our plans with an emphasis on the health and safety of our students and staff. I will keep you updated as I learn more. Take care and Stay Safe,
Final report cards and grade reporting documents can be picked up today June 18 until 3pm. We will be delivering and or mailing documents that remain in the building on next week June 22nd-June 25th.
The bus meal deliveries are still being delivered Monday through Thursday from 9am-12pm. Curbside meals may also be picked up from Central Middle from 9am-12pm Monday through Thursday. Please stop at the cafeteria door to get a meal.
8th grade graduation pictures will be available for pick up on Monday June 22 from 10am-1pm (the actual photographer will be here in the building)...there will also be an option to purchase pictures for those who were not able to order on the day of the graduation. This includes digital copies.
We will also be offering a late evening pick up for Report Cards and Pictures on Monday June 22 until 6pm.
We would love your feedback on the current school closing. Please fill out the survey located on the Gates County Schools Webpage by June 22nd. Your participation is crucial to help us to finalize our plans so we can get specific details about the 2020-2021 school year to our entire community as soon as possible. You can view the message from Superintendent Dr. Barry Williams on our school webpage, our school Facebook page or Gates County Schools Webpage.
Please remember Central Middle is observing Summer Hours from 8:00am until 3:00pm Monday-Thursday. Closed on Fridays.Please call (252) 357-0470 if you have any questions.
As you know, Governor Cooper has implemented a three-phased approach to slowly lift restrictions while combating COVID-19, protecting North Carolinians and working together to recover the economy. In order to secure the safety and protection of children and their families across the state, Governor Cooper, in collaboration with the NC State Board of Education (NCSBE) and the NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI), closed public school buildings for in-person instruction through the 2019 – 2020 school year.
Since then, the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) has worked closely with NCDPI and NCSBE to meet the nutritional, educational and child care needs of students during school closure, and plan for safely reopening schools for the 2020-2021 school year. Throughout the process, school, child care, child nutrition, and community leaders and stakeholders have been engaged to share ideas and provide input.
With reopening schools on the horizon, the Gates County administrative team has been in ongoing contact with the Governor’s Office, the State Board, and DPI in their development of the StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit (K-12) for families, students, and local education leaders.
The Toolkit lays out a comprehensive set of baseline educational and health practices that all public schools must follow to minimize risk of exposure to COVID-19 for students, staff, and families.
Key information inside the Toolkit, illustrates how schools are directed to plan for reopening under three potential scenarios:
Handling Suspected, Presumptive or Confirmed Positive Cases of COVID-19;
Communication and Combating Misinformation;
Water and Ventilation Systems;
Coping and Resilience.
Additionally, the Toolkit …
Includes a sample screening symptom checklist in English and Spanish,
Provides a flow chart and protocol for handling suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19
Information on infection control supplies and PPE schools may need. Of note, we have confirmed that State Emergency Management will be providing face shields, thermometers, surgical masks, and gowns for all public-school nurses and individuals delegated to perform medical tasks. We’ve arranged for convenience contracts for other supplies such as cloth face coverings and hand sanitizer to facilitate purchasing by public schools.
I know you have so many questions about what that means for the next school year, and we are working on answers. On July 1, 2020, the Governor’s Office, the State Board, and DPI plan to announce which plan, Plan A, Plan B, or Plan C, school districts across the state will follow.
We would love your feedback on the current school closing. Please fill out the survey which is located on the webpage by June 22. Your participation is crucial to help us to finalize our plans so we can get specific details about the 2020-21 school year to our entire community as soon as possible.
Please be advised that Final Report Cards and Progress Reporting Documents can be picked up from the school Monday through Thursday 8:30am until 3:00pm. The school is now closed on Fridays. If report cards and reporting documents are not picked up or requested to be delivered by bus the earliest they will be mailed out will be the week of June 22nd.
Meal deliveries by bus are still running Monday through Thursday from 9am-12pm.
Curbside Meals can be picked up from Central Middle Monday through Thursday 9am-12pm.
*A Friday meal will be included with the Thursday Meal Delivery by Bus or Curbside Pick Up.
If there are any questions please call us at Central Middle....252-357-0470.