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COVID 19 Updates   Remote Learning

 
5:00 pm, Monday, March 23, 2020 Update:
 

Joint Statement of the State Board of Education and State Superintendent Mark Johnson Regarding the Extended Closure of Public Schools as Instructional Settings for K-12 Students

This afternoon Gov. Roy Cooper announced that the closure of public school facilities as instructional settings for K-12 students will be extended through May 15.

While school buildings are closed for instruction, school employees will continue to expand efforts to ensure that vulnerable children and their families have access to nutritious food during this emergency. Additionally, in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services, many North Carolina public school buildings will serve as emergency child care sites to support those on the frontlines of COVID-19 responses, including health care workers and first responders. 

In the wake of the Governor’s announcement, public schools in traditional districts and charter schools will, as possible, implement remote learning plans they have developed for students’ academic achievement as well as social and emotional well-being.

“Superintendents across this state are acutely aware of how important it will be to continue to provide child nutrition services over the extended closure,” said Patrick Miller, the 2019-20 State Superintendent of the Year. “In some districts, child care services may be provided for medical staff and other essential staff on the front lines, such as law enforcement. We will also work diligently to remain connected with our students during this time. Our teachers are prepared to implement remote learning plans; however, these will look different from district to district. One thing I can assure you is that our teachers will continue to work hard and we will all get better at this as we go.”

Mariah Morris, the 2019-20 North Carolina Teacher of the Year, agrees. “Teachers are the first-responders for our students,” she said. “We understand the importance of the teacher-student relationship during these uncertain times. Beyond academic learning, teachers are able to provide social and emotional support for our students across the state that is so desperately needed. We, teachers, are leaders on the ground-level, and our children are relying on us to pave the way during these unprecedented times with positivity, innovation, and grace.”

State leaders will be providing further direction and guidance to local school leaders about how to deliver remote instruction and support for students during these unprecedented times. State education leaders recognize that remote instruction will look different in communities across the state as school districts and charter schools refine and implement their plans. The Digital Teaching and Learning Division of the N.C. Department of Public Instruction have curated a wealth of remote learning resources and information on their website. Inequities in local resources and digital access further complicate matters. The State Board of Education, Superintendent, and Department of Public Instruction will take all possible steps to mitigate these inequities and help local schools implement best practices for remote learning. Previous guidance regarding personnel-related matters remains in effect.

Earlier today, the State Board of Education held an emergency meeting and unanimously agreed to approve the recommendation from Superintendent Johnson and the Department of Public Instruction to seek a waiver of federal testing requirements. This afternoon, the U.S. Department of Education notified DPI that the federal waiver was approved. With respect to state testing requirements, the State Board of Education and Superintendent Johnson are already in close contact with General Assembly members about the waivers necessary to address COVID-19 for this school year.

As we look ahead, we want to resume traditional in-school instruction this school year on May 18. We will reopen schools if our public health experts say that we can.

Parents and students know the value of direct instructional time and the value of face-to-face interactions between teachers and students. After the closure, we look forward to returning to our schools, finishing this school year, and preparing for the next school term.

“While educators and families are eager to return to school, we understand how important it is for us to follow the guidance of the Governor’s office and experts from the CDC and DHHS,” said Matt Bristow-Smith, 2019-20 NC Principal of the Year. “Educators are 100% committed to the safety, health, and well-being of our scholars. We will continue to implement remote learning plans to support our students academically, socially, and emotionally as we get through this together.”

We are particularly aware of how important a return to regular school will be for our seniors, the Class of 2020. We are in direct contact with our partners in higher education and understand our seniors have unique needs at this time in preparation for further education and the workforce. We will be providing additional guidance related to the specific issues related to our senior class.

We know that public schools are the backbones of our communities. As we face new realities, we will all need to adjust. There will be hundreds of decisions to make as we redefine school this year and beyond. State leaders will continue to collaborate with our partners in the General Assembly and local leaders to address the policy and legal issues that will inevitably arise from this pandemic.

Despite the present uncertainties, our core principle of putting children and school communities first remains unwavering. It will guide us moving forward. The State Board of Education, Superintendent, and Department of Public Instruction thank Governor Cooper for his leadership in this challenging time. We extend gratitude to our colleagues at the Department of Health and Human Services for providing the best-available data to inform decision-making during this public health emergency. The decision to close school buildings as instructional settings through May 15 is the prudent one. We will continue to make decisions about school based on public health requirements. We also thank our health care workers who are vital to these efforts, as well as our first responders, who are doing so much to respond to this crisis.

5:00 pm, Thursday, March 19, 2020 Update:
 
MEAL SERVICE
School sites serving food Monday - Friday from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm:
  • Bailey Elementary
  • Baskerville Elementary
  • Benvenue Elementary
  • Cedar Grove Elementary
  • Hubbard Elementary
  • Spring Hope Elementary
  • Swift Creek Elementary
  • Williford Elementary
  • Winstead Avenue Elementary
  • Nash Central Middle School,
  • Rocky Mount Middle School
  • Southern Nash High School
  • Johnson Elementary
  • Middlesex Elementary
  • Red Oak Middle
 
CLASSIFIED STAFF: 
We know that this is a difficult and stressful time but we have seen amazing acts of kindness and inspiring innovation as we all adjust to this new way of doing business!  Today we wanted to share some clarification about classified (hourly) employees.  All Nash-Rocky Mount Public School employees have the option to work remotely, onsite or take leave.  Remote work must be pre-approved and documented through a supervisor.
 
Classified staff whose normal job duties cannot be completed remotely or whose duties are not needed at this time have several opportunities to assist in other departments.  These classified staff mostly fall into two departments, school nutrition or transportation.  We do have some bus drivers transporting meals to areas of high need within the community, will have some summer maintenance duties that will begin next week and additional school meal sites are being identified daily with work that non-cafeteria staff can manage.  
 
Our transportation and school nutrition departments have attempted to make contact with all cafeteria staff, bus drivers and monitors to talk with them about the opportunities to work.  If you know of anyone who missed the calls, please have them contact Brian Littke in transportation 252-462-2480 or Angie Miller in school nutrition at 252.462.2491.  
 
Instructional assistants, office staff and custodians have essential duties that they can either complete remotely or on-site.  If they have questions regarding their duties, they should contact their supervisors.  
 
All classified staff must complete a blue timesheet with their hours worked and classified staff working remotely must sign the Remote Leave Request/Procedures form.  If any classified staff needs these two documents, they should contact their supervisor.
 
 
5:00 pm, Thursday, March 19, 2020 Update:
 
Due to the limited onsite staff available, Nash-Rocky Mount School and District Offices have adjusted office hours.  Nash-Rocky Mount Public School's District Office building will be open for calls between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.  Adjusted school office hours can be viewed on each school's website.
 
School sites serving food Monday - Friday from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm:
  • Bailey Elementary
  • Baskerville Elementary
  • Benvenue Elementary
  • Cedar Grove Elementary
  • Hubbard Elementary
  • Spring Hope Elementary
  • Swift Creek Elementary
  • Williford Elementary
  • Winstead Avenue Elementary
  • Nash Central Middle School,
  • Rocky Mount Middle School
  • Southern Nash High School

Beginning Monday, March 23 three additional sites will serve meals:

  • Johnson Elementary
  • Middlesex Elementary
  • Red Oak Middle
 
5:30 pm, Wednesday, March 18, 2020 Update:
 
Schools have been working diligently to plan for remote learning and will continue this planning throughout this week.  The 3rd grading period has been extended and will now end on March 27th. Further information will be provided by your child's principal.
 
The Nash-Rocky Mount Public School Nutrition department is serving free meals for any student between 10:30-1:30 Monday through Friday.  Meal pickup will be available at Bailey Elementary, Baskerville Elementary, Hubbard Elementary, Spring Hope Elementary, Nash Central Middle School, and Rocky Mount Middle School.
 
Starting Friday (3-20) six additional sites will open for meal pickup at Benvenue Elementary, Cedar Grove Elementary, Swift Creek Elementary, Southern Nash High School, Williford Elementary and Winstead Avenue Elementary.  This is a total of 12 school sites that will have free meals available.
 
 
11:30 pm, Tuesday, March 17, 2020 Update:
 
Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools has scheduled Staff Workdays March 17 through 20. During these days, staff will have the option to work remotely, onsite or take leave. Remote work must be pre-approved and documented through a supervisor.

In addition, Remote/Online Learning for students will begin on March 23 and run through March 30 or until further notice. Middle and high school teachers will provide online learning with a work packet option for students who do not have access to the internet. Students in pre-kindergarten through 5th grade will receive work packets with support from teachers. Further details will be provided by school principals.
 
There will be no new instruction provided March 23 through March 27 as staff work through the logistics of this new way of teaching.  Students will review topics already covered and new instruction will begin on March 30th.  In an effort to ensure all students can equitably access the remote learning opportunities, NRMPS transportation department will work to deliver work packets to students in need who do not have access to transportation to pick up the work packets.  While the Governor and State Superintendent have only given guidance on mandated school closings through March 30th, schools are proactively planning in the event that the closing expends beyond this date.   
 
Schools will use this week to communicate with parents, assess the needs of each family and develop a plan to ensure that instruction can continue either online or through work packets provided to students.  Each school's specific plan will be available here, on this website, later this week.
 
Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools will begin providing school meals to all students Wednesday, March 18, 2020.  At this time meals must be picked up in a drive-through line at the following schools: Baskerville Elementary, Bailey Elementary, Hubbard Elementary, Spring Hope Elementary, Nash Central Middle or Rocky Mount Middle.  Any student enrolled in Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools may pick up a meal at any of these sites. The list of school sites providing meals will be expanded to include the six initial sites as well as Benvenue Elementary, Winstead Avenue Elementary and Williford Elementary on Friday, March 20, 2020.  Additional opportunities to deliver meals directly to families in need, who do not have transportation are also being explored.
 
We are navigating uncharted waters as Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools works through our response to the COVID-19 crisis. I would like to thank everyone for their understanding and flexibility as we work to ensure some of our fundamental services and importantly learning can continue for our students.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to school and district administrators if you have any questions, concerns or solutions.
 
6:30 pm, Monday, March 16, 2020 Update:
 
Please know that NRMPS is working diligently to put plans in place to ensure that the impact of these missed days is minimal for our students and that our staff safety is protected.
 
The district is working on putting plans in place for a virtual workday for staff on Tuesday, March 17.  Essential employees including district administrators, principals and assistant principals will report to work as normal.
 
No school for students March 16-30. 
 
Free Breakfast and lunch will be available to students beginning Wednesday, March 18 between 10:30 and 1:30 at Bailey, Baskerville, Hubbard, Spring Hope, Rocky Mount Middle and Nash Central Middle.
 
Further details regarding learning from home will be shared Tuesday, March 17.
 
 
5:00 pm, Sunday, March 15, 2020 Update:
 
No school for students March 16-30. 
 
Optional workday for staff March 16, 2020. 
 
Students may pick up any personal items needed during regular school hours on Monday, March 16.
 
6:00 pm, Saturday, March 14, 2020 Update:
 
Governor Roy Cooper held a press conference Saturday, March 14, 2020 announcing the closure of all public K-12 schools in North Carolina.  NRMPS schools will be closed for students Monday, March 16 through Monday, March 30 at this time. All activities including before and after school care and athletics are also canceled from March 16 through March 30.  
 
Staff will have an optional teacher workday on Monday, March 16, 2020.  Staff may report to work if conditions allow.  In addition, district leaders will meet Monday to finalize plans for community feeding programs, calendar adjustments and maintaining instructional continuity.  Further guidance for staff workdays will be available prior to the end of the day Monday, March 16.  Please know that the safety of students and staff is our primary concern.
 

Visit the CDC website for updates on 2019-nCoV 


Visit the North Carolina Division of Public Health


If you have questions or concerns, call the COVID-19 Helpline toll free at 1-866-462-3821. To submit questions online, go to https://www.ncpoisoncontrol.org/ and select "chat".

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NRMPS Communicable Diseases Exclusion Policy (English) 

 https://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/cms/lib/NC01800012/Centricity/Domain/53/English_Exclusion%20criteria%20-%20communicable.pdf

 NRMPS Communicable Disease Exclusion Policy (Spanish)  

https://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/cms/lib/NC01800012/Centricity/Domain/53/Spanish_Exclusion%20criteria.pdf