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December 11, 2020

MCS Move to Remote Learning (12/14/2020 - 12/18/2020)

MCS Move to Remote Learning (12/14/2020 - 12/18/2020)

The COVID-19 data for our community continues to show a disturbing trend. For a second straight week, the county is looking at a record number of positives. This community spread increase is impacting the number of positives and isolations we are seeing in our schools, with one of the main issues at this time being our ability to adequately staff our campuses for safe and effective operations. As a result, we are making the difficult decision to transition students to remote learning next week, December 14 through December 18. Like the great Kenny Rogers advises, "You've got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em", and we are trying to find the right balance for the benefit of all. 

Please make note of the following items for clarification:

-Remote learning for all MCS, with the exception of those high school students scheduled to take an EOC or CTE state exam.  The state requires these exams to be taken face to face, so MAI, MEC, or MHS students will report to school on their scheduled testing dates if they currently have English 2, Math 1, Math 3, Biology, or a CTE state exam. Buses will be running.

-It will be a regularly scheduled school week with student participation expected.  The instructional hours will count toward the total required for the year by the state.  Friday will remain an early release day per the calendar. Staff are to report to work as normal for the week.

-The grab and go meals will be available at our eight elementary school sites from 11:00-12:15 next Monday through Friday.

-Athletics will continue as scheduled.

-Your student's school will provide a follow up call with more specific information for your family 

We appreciate the community support and understanding as we navigate school during a pandemic. MCS is planning to return to face to face instruction after Christmas Break. Until then, we will continue to monitor COVID-19 numbers in order to make the best decisions for students and staff. Further communication will come your way should the second semester schedule change. Such a communication will come directly from my office and not via the social media world.

On behalf of the Board of Education and all of McDowell County Schools, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Thank you.

September 28, 2020

Revised 2020-2021 Calendar

August 7, 2020

B Schedule forGrades 2-13

August 7, 2020

B Schedule forGrades 2-13

August 3, 2020

A/B Schedule for 2020-2021

Last week, the Board of Education approved a hybrid plan that allows families the choice of face to face instruction or a 100% remote option. Students in PreK, K, and 1st grade have the option to attend every day. Students with identified special needs also have the option to attend every day. Students from 2nd grade through seniors in high school are being divided into two groups and will attend school on a rotating basis with one week at school then followed by a week of remote learning. If you are choosing the remote learning option, please make sure you have communicated this directly with the school and are placed in their virtual academy.

In order for all students in a household to be on the same weekly schedule and to help manage our busloads under the state limitation of one student per seat, we selected the following criteria for the A/B groups:

-If you have a 911 home address where the last number ends in a 1,3,5,7 or 9, your household is in Group A.
-If you have a 911 home address where the last number ends in a 0,2,4,6 or 8, your household is in Group B.
-For example, if you live at 11 Wall Street, then you are assigned to Group A. If your address is 4 Privet Drive, Apt. 10, then you are assigned to Group B.

Please remember to use the very last number of the address that is on file with MCS. Each school has the names of the students in Group A and Group B, as well, so please contact them directly if you have any questions.

Your school will be in touch to confirm the day your student is scheduled to attend. We are taking the first few days to bring in smaller groups so that students can learn their new schedules and routines. Please look for a follow up communication explaining what that looks like for your family. Beginning August 24, MCS will begin with Group A live and Group B remote learning. The following week will have Group B live and Group A remote learning. We will continue with this rotating schedule until the state changes the guidelines.

While we know our reopening plan is not perfect and COVID-19 continues to disrupt everyday life, we want to share that lots of thought and deliberation went into process and student needs outweighed all else in the final decision.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work toward a great school year. May we all be flexible and show grace as we navigate the coming days together.

August 1, 2020

Hybrid Learning plan for the 2020-21 School year.

McDowell County Schools Board of Education approved a hybrid learning plan to start the 2020-21 School year.  All students in the school system can choose between a 100% virtual learning plan or an in-person learning plan.

Pre-K, Kindergarten and 1st Grade:

Week One: (August 17th-21st) Students will report in 20% increments to serve as an orientation.

Week Two: (August 24th-28th) All students will be on campus using current health protocols.


Second Grade - High School:

Week One: (August 17th-21st) Students will report in 20% increments.

Week Two: (August 24th-28th) Students will be placed in either Group A or Group B. The groups will rotate on a weekly basis between in-person and virtual learning.

August 1, 2020

Reference Guide for Suspected, Presumptive, or Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 (K-12)

August 1, 2020

StrongSchoolsNC(Escuelas Fuertes de Carolina del Norte)

July 30, 2020

StrongSchoolsNCPublic Health Toolkit (K-12) English

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Additional resources

Provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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