Vance County Schools Ongoing Response to COVID-19
March 23, 2020
Vance County Schools continues the journey through COVID-19 and how it is impacting not only our education system, but our families as well. We learned today that the Governor is mandating that school buildings remain closed for students through May 15, 2020.
The Vance County Schools Remote Learning platform and many resources are available on our district website for students Pre-K through 12th grade. Students have a variety of ways to receive instruction: learning packets, online or a blended model of the two. We are working with each individual student’s situation to ensure we are meeting their needs academically.
An opportunity to pick up new packets, as well as drop off completed ones will be provided after Spring Break. Each school will send out instructions on this process. If you have any questions about your child’s remote learning, please contact the school for further guidance.
Meal pick up continues this week, Monday through Thursday (March 23-26) from 11am-1pm. Pick up sites include Aycock Elementary, EM Rollins Elementary, Zeb Vance Elementary, New Hope Elementary, Vance County Middle and Vance County High.
As a reminder, Spring Break will be from March 30-April 3. During that time, we have coordinated with several churches and organizations for meal distribution to take place on March 31. Please check our website for updates on pick-up locations.
Due to the Governor extending the executive order for the closure of school buildings, all school and district-wide events scheduled now through May 15, 2020 are cancelled. Arts Alive, previously scheduled for April 25, 2020, is postponed, with the hope to reschedule. Additionally, all facility rentals are cancelled during that time and athletics will remain suspended until at least May 18, 2020.
Vance County Schools is continuing to work to ensure we are available for our families as we face the impacts of COVID-19. To curb the spread of the coronavirus, we are moving towards conducting business with minimal personal contact. Every school office and district office will continue to be available by phone from 9am-4pm. We apologize for the inconvenience but safety continues to be a priority for our district.
We will continue to keep our families up to date with the latest information. We realize that things are not easy at the moment for many in our community, but we are committed to doing all that we can for each and every child. As a reminder, should you have any questions or concerns about remote learning, meals, the calendar or other issues, please reach out to your child’s school.
March 20, 2020
A week ago, we were in class. Then COVID-19 changed everything. Our district responded in a phenomenal way. Check out these statistics.
We realize with so much information, it can be difficult at times. We ask that if you have a question or concern, please reach out to your chid's school.
March 19, 2020
March 18, 2020
Vance County Schools is continuing to work for our students and community to ensure we are meeting their needs. Today we had 2,039 Remote Learning packets picked up throughout our district! Over the course of the last two days, we have handed out 14,796 meals, which is the equivalent of 4 days of food for each child who picked up meals!
As we move forward, we want to send a few reminders:
- Meal distribution will continue again next week. We will get that information out through Blackboard calls and social media.
- Remote Learning packets may be picked up on Thursday, March 19 from 8am-1pm or 4pm-7pm. If you already picked up your child’s packet, you do not need to come again. Remote Learning packets are available for all elementary schools (PreK-5th), VCMS (6th-8th) and VCHS (AFM, English 4, Biology).
- Questions or concerns? Whether it is about meals, learning packets, or anything else, please contact your child’s school.
5th Grade Laptop Deployment Information by School
Laptop deployment will be at each individual school. Fifth grade parents should report to their child's school at the designated time.
Thursday, March 19, 2020, 9:00-12:00
Pinkston Street Elementary
New Hope Elementary
EO Young Elementary
Thursday, March 19, 2020, 1:00-4:00
EM Rollins Elementary
Friday, March 20, 2020, 9:00-12:00
Zeb Vance Elementary
A technician will be onsite (at each school) with the necessary paperwork for completion by parents/students.
March 17, 2020
March 16, 2020
VANCE COUNTY SCHOOLS COVID-19 IMPACT: REMOTE LEARNING, BREAKFAST AND LUNCH, AND OTHER IMPORTANT UPDATES
Vance County Schools continues to maintain communication between the Department of Public Instruction, Governor Cooper’s office and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. We are working diligently to ensure we are meeting the needs of our students, while adhering to the executive orders in place.
Calendar & Spring Break
All Vance County Schools will be closed for students from March 16 - March 27 in accordance to the Governor’s mandate. Spring Break will be adjusted in the calendar to take place March 30 - April 3.
Vance County Schools will provide meal packages. For the first couple of days, parents/caregivers/siblings may pick up 2 days worth of meal units, which includes 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches, at no charge for students. This is available for all school-aged children in Vance County, including public, private and charter schools. Meals will be available at following locations: Aycock Elementary, New Hope Elementary, EM Rollins Elementary, Zeb Vance Elementary, Vance County Middle and Vance County High. Hours of operation will be from 11am - 12:30pm.
Teaching & Learning
Remote learning and online instruction will begin Thursday, March 19. Learning packets will be available at your child’s school for all elementary and middle school students. High Schools students enrolled in English 4, Biology and Advanced Functions will also have packets available at the high school. Packets can be picked up on Wednesday from 10am-4pm or on Thursday from 8am-1pm. They will also be available on the Vance County Schools website. Students at STEM, Advance Academy and Early College High School should continue their online instruction. Additional learning packets for other subjects will become available at a later date.
School owned devices will be available to high school seniors. Deployment of computers will be on Tuesday, March 17 from 1pm-4pm and on Wednesday, March 18 from 9am-1pm at Vance County High School. A schedule for device deployments for additional grades will be available at a later date.
Remote Learning Resources
Additional information and instructional resources will be made available on our webpage.
Monday, March 16 - Wednesday, March 18 will be mandatory workdays for staff. Thursday, March 19 - Friday, March 27 will be flexible workdays for staff, with more information coming from district leaders. We reserve the right to bring staff in on flex days as district leaders deem necessary.
We will continue to keep our families updated with information as it becomes available. This situation remains very fluid and ever-changing. We commit to you that we are working hard to meet the needs of our students and our community. Continue to follow the latest information on our website at www.vcs.k12.nc.us. It is our intent to have staff in every school and our district office to answer questions from 9am-1pm Monday through Friday. We appreciate your patience as we continue work through this unprecedented situation.
March 14, 2020
The Vance County Public Schools’ Leadership Team has been diligently working in anticipation of this decision. The health of our students, their families, and our employees remain our top priorities. To provide training for our teachers and to organize staff to support the execution of our district-wide remote learning plan, March 16th -18th (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday) will be required workdays for all staff.
Parents needing to retrieve their child’s medication should also plan to do so on one of the required workdays. Please contact your child’s school if you have questions.
VCS is continuously monitoring the impact of the coronavirus statewide and will continue to take our guidance from state and local public health authorities.
Finally, thank you for your continued support as we work through this very difficult situation. We will be releasing information shortly on how we plan to continue instruction for students and our strategy for providing student support relative to meal service, instructional delivery, and their social and emotional needs. More to come.
March 13, 2020
Today, Superintendent Anthony Jackson and Board Chair Ed Wilson participated in a conference call with Governor Roy Cooper’s office. At this time, the Governor’s Office and the Department of Health and Human Services do not recommend the pre-emptive closing of schools due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). As previously shared, Vance County Schools intends to follow the recommendations of Governor Cooper’s office, as well as our state and local public health officials.
The situation with this virus is fluid and rapidly evolving. We will continue to monitor conditions over the weekend but as of now, we plan to open schools on Monday. Stay up to date with the latest information at www.vcs.k12.nc.us.
March 13, 2020
The release of information from the Granville Vance Public Health Department can be found below.
March 12, 2020 2:30pm
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association Board of Directors decided to suspend all interscholastic athletics beginning at 11:59pm on Friday, March 13, 2020 through Monday, April 6, 2020. This means that all workouts, practices, games and skill development sessions for all middle and high school athletics in the state of North Carolina must be suspended. The NCHSAA will continue to assess the situation with COVID-19 to determine next steps and we will keep our community informed of new information.
March 12, 2020 1:30pm
Out of an abundance of caution for the safety and health of our students, the following events are cancelled for this evening:
- Flight 2020 at VCHS
- Meet the Coach Community Event (Varsity Football Coach) at VCHS
- LB Yancey Culture Night
March 12, 2020
Handwashing is an important part of staying healthy. The handwashing signs below are from the CDC and can be printed and put up as a reminder for all.
- Elementary Sign - English
- Elementary Sign - Spanish
- Secondary Sign - English
- Secondary Sign - Spanish
March 12, 2020
COVID-19 Parent Resources
Does your child have questions about COVID-19? We have links below for parents to use as a resource on talking to your child/children aboud COVID-19. Teaching children positive preventive measures is important for them to understand their role in staying healthy.
Parent Resource on COVID-19 in English
Un recurso principal en COVID-19 en español.
NC Public Health fact sheet in English
NC Public Health fact sheet in Spanish
We will continue to post the latest information and announcements relative to COVID-19 on our website, as well as resources that will be helpful to our families.
March 11, 2020
Discovery Education Resource
To help ensure our community has access to reliable resources, we’re offering exclusive access to the “Viruses and Outbreaks” channel from @DiscoveryEd. Find actionable content + timely coronavirus updates, plus guidelines for staying healthy and educating others. Just go to www.discoveryeducation.com/corona-virus
March 5, 2020
Health Information Update
Vance County Schools continues to work with local, state and federal health officials as new cases of COVID-19 are being reported, with one case now confirmed in North Carolina. We continue to urge everyone to follow the suggested protocols set forth by the CDC to help stop the spread of not only the coronoavirus, but the flu. We have added additional resources below to continue to assist our community in keeping up to date with the latest information and guidelines.
February 28, 2020
Vance County Schools: Health Information
Vance County Schools continues to follow the guidance of local, state, and federal health officials regarding all communicable diseases. With the current concerns around COVID-19 coronavirus, the state of North Carolina has no reported cases at this time. Medical experts have indicated that the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are the same recommendations for preventing the spread of the flu.
The district is in the process of installing hand sanitizer stations near the Main Entrances of all of our facilities. All hard surfaces will be appropriately cleaned with EPA-registered disinfectants. Also additional refresher training is being provided to our custodial and maintenance teams. Our buses will be disinfected appropriately as well. The district is encouraging students and staff to follow basic prevention guidelines. Here are some helpful tips that with everyone's help will aid in prevention:
- Wash your hands frequently—and thoroughly. Use a Hand Sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then, throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
- Remain home with a fever-if you have a temperature of 100.4 or greater, you should remain home until you are 24 hours fever free without fever-reducing medication.
- Use the appropriate EPA-registered disinfectants on high-touch surfaces, such as doorknobs, table tops, electronics, light switches, and more.
We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust protocols and processes as warranted.