COVID 19 UPDATE

COVID 19 UPDATE

Good evening, YVCS family.

A lot has happened since we left each other for spring break. I have been monitoring the COVID 19 situation closely and reviewing the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and North Carolina Health and Human Services (NCHHS) recommendations. Along with other local schools, we have made the decision not to return to school as scheduled on Monday, March 16th. The health of our YVCS family and the community at large is our top priority, and we want to do our part to slow the spread and “flatten the curve”. In anticipation of the inevitable, I have been in communication with our board members and our teachers over the break.  

The school will be closed to students during the week of March 16-20. As we do each year, we built five snow days into our calendar. Those days were not needed this year, until now. Because these days were built into the calendar, they will not be made up. During these next few days, the teachers will be meeting to prepare for, what I can only assume, will be an extended “facility closure”. We are committed to providing the highest quality education possible and continuing to stay true to our core educational philosophy. By spending the next week preparing to present lessons through alternative means, we will be ready to hit the ground running on the 23rd, whether or not we are able to return to school. This may look different for each of the classes, as each age group has its own needs. Some methods may include: YouTube video lessons, online interactive class meetings, assignments submitted via email, and printed packets to be picked up at school. Your child’s teacher will email you directly later in the week with specific details for his/her class.

I know that you will have a lot of questions. Below are the answers to some of the questions that I’m sure you have:

  1. What about Science Olympiad? All North Carolina Science Olympiad events are cancelled for the rest of the year including regional, state and national tournaments.
  2. What about field trips? All field trips are cancelled for now. That includes the trip that Mrs. Freeman’s class was scheduled to take this week to the Walker Center.
  3. What about the Savannah trip for the middle school students? We are looking into that this week. Things that we have to consider are a) which events would be refundable if we couldn’t make the trip and b) the ability to fundraise in this new “quarantined” environment that is not exactly spaghetti-dinner-friendly. I will be in touch ASAP with more details regarding the trip.

As we go into this next week trying to sort out the logistics of providing an amazing educational experience for our students in a new (for us) way, I am reassured by the things that have always been our biggest strengths. First, we have fantastic, creative teachers. Second, we are very small which makes us flexible. This means that we have the ability to adapt quickly and work in out-of-the box ways.

Once the teachers have had a chance to properly plan, I will email you mid-week with an update. Thank you all for your patience and understanding as we work together to best serve your child’s needs.

Kimberly Seipel-Parks

Administrator

Yadkin Valley Community School