• Below are the SCS updates and announcements that have been shared with our stakeholders.  They will be listed in chronological order with the latest announcement appearing first.

    April 24, 2020, 4:30 pm

    Good afternoon Scotland County Schools parents, guardians, students, and staff-

    This is your superintendent, Dr. Ron Hargrave.  
     
    I hope this message finds you all well and that you are doing your best to cope with this ‘new normal’ that we find ourselves living in.  I also pray that you and you, your loved ones, and your friends remain well. 
     
    During a press conference today, Governor Cooper announced that schools would be closed for the remainder of the school year.  This is not the news that he was hoping to deliver nor is it what we were hoping to hear.  We do understand that the school closure, like all of the other precautions that are now in place, is for the health and safety of us all and that’s what is most important.  However, this doesn’t mean that the learning will stop.  We’ll continue to deliver instruction remotely via packets and online.  Now more than ever, it’s important for our students to remain engaged; not only for their academic future, but for their emotional, mental, and social well-being as well.  
     
    We know that many of you have had questions about how student grading policies would change as a result of this pandemic.  Yesterday, the State Board of Education approved measures for addressing student grading for the remainder of the school year.  These approved policies can be found on our website and social media pages.  Your child’s teacher or principal will also be able to answer any questions you may have about these policies and your child’s performance.  Again, as our partner in education, please help us ensure our students remain engaged in learning.  This will benefit us all now and when we return to school in the fall.  
     
    And finally, to our seniors and their families - This certainly is not the end of your student's educational journey that you, nor we had hoped for.  Please know that we are working on ways that we can recognize and celebrate our seniors' accomplishments while still following the guidelines and restrictions set forth by the Governor and the CDC.  So stay tuned…we will be sharing more information soon.  
     
    Again, thank you for ALL for what you are doing and for what you will continue to do to ensure our focus remains on doing what’s best for our children.  
     
    Have a good evening.
     

    April 23, 2020, 7:30 pm

    Good evening Scotland County Schools Staff,
    As you may be aware, the State Board of Education met this morning and approved measures addressing student grading for the remainder of the school
    year, incomplete teacher evaluations and $380 million in additional emergency funding from the state.  Click here for the official press release from DPI.
    We realize that this is a lot of information to process.  Executive Cabinet will be meeting with principals tomorrow to discuss this in more detail and answer any questions that may have already arisen.  We also will be receiving added resources and information from DPI in the coming days.  In addition to the more detailed information below, click here for a simplified one-page document.  
    We also want you to know that during his 3:00 pm press conference today, Governor Cooper noted that he would be making an announcement in regards to school for the remainder of the year during a press conference tomorrow (Friday) afternoon.  
    And finally, thank you all for what you've done, what you are doing, and what you will continue to do.  YOU ARE ROCK STARS!
    Stay safe, stay well, and have a good night.
     
    APPROVED RECOMMENDATION FOR GRADES K-5:
    • Students will receive no final grade in grades K-5.
    • Instead of a final grade, teachers will provide year-end feedback for students regarding learning from the full academic school year, using a format determined locally.
    • Teachers will document individual student strengths and needs from both an academic and social/emotional perspective to ensure an effective transition from the spring 2020 remote learning process to the 2020-21 academic year.
     
    APPROVED RECOMMENDATION FOR GRADES 6-8:
    • Students will receive a Pass “PC19” or Withdrawal “WC19” for the final course grades for all middle school courses.
      •  A student’s grade will be held harmless for learning after March 13.
      • PC19 will be assigned to any student who was meeting expectations and passing the course as of March 13 or who worked to improve to the point of passing after March 13 through remote learning. 
      • WC19 will be assigned to any student who was not passing the course as of March 13 and who was unable to improve to the point of passing the course through remote learning opportunities. A middle school course grade of WC19 does not equate to a failing course grade nor does it indicate that a grade retention should occur or that the course must be repeated. The grade WC19 simply indicates a lack of evidence of mastery of standards addressed in the particular content area.
    • Teachers will document individual student strengths and needs from both an academic and social/emotional perspective to ensure an effective transition from the spring 2020 remote learning process to the 2020-21 academic year.
    • High school courses taken in middle school will follow the grading options presented below for high school students, with the understanding that if there is a numeric grade on the transcript it will not be calculated in the high school GPA per SBE policy, Course for Credit, CCRE-001.
    • Due to COVID-19, NCDPI developed a new grade scale in PowerSchool to move from Pass/Fail to Pass/Withdraw. “PC19” and “WC19” have been added into PowerSchool.
    RECOMMENDATION FOR GRADES 9-11:
    Students in grades 9-11 and non-graduating seniors will be awarded final grades based on the following grading system for the 2019-20 school year.
     
    Current Spring 2020 Courses:
    • Students will be given a choice for how each final course grade will appear on the transcript for both year-long and semester courses currently in progress.
      • Students will have two options for each final course grade:
        • Numeric grade, the highest grade representing learning as of March 13 or as improved through the semester as remote learning continued - OR-
        • PC19 or WC19.
      • Students will determine how each final course grade will appear on the transcript at the end of the semester after advising from the teacher/school and in consultation with the parent/guardian.
      • When students choose to report a numeric grade as the final grade on the transcript, the numeric grade will be calculated into the cumulative GPA, following the guidelines in SBE policy GRAD-009.
      • When students choose to report a PC19 or WC19 as the final grade on the transcript, there is no GPA impact when using these grades. 
      • When students in a yearlong course choose a PC19 or WC19 for the spring portion of the course, the fall term grade will be counted into the GPA. Clear directions for PowerSchool will come at a later date. 
    • Additional Notes:
      • Students will not receive a failing grade. LEAs/Charters will advise the use of WC19 for any student who is failing as of March 13 and was unable to improve through remote learning opportunities.  
        • A final grade of PC19 does award a full unit of credit for a high school course while a grade of WC19 does not award a unit of credit.
      • WC19 does not equate to a failing course grade but indicates a lack of evidence of mastery of standards addressed in the particular course and that the school is unable to award a unit of credit.
        o NCDPI encourages LEAs/Charters to use all means possible to support student learning that has been impacted by COVID-19 in the future, such as Credit Recovery and Repeating a Course for Credit (SBE-CCRE-001).
        o Issuing a temporary grade of Incomplete may be used locally in instances when the student, parent/guardian, teacher, and school administration determine it is appropriate and develop a clear, time-bound plan to complete all course requirements.
        o Students will maintain the grades for fall courses as already stored, yearlong and semester. Fall 2019 final grades will be calculated into a student’s GPA.
    STUDENT PROMOTION AND RETENTION:
    • Student promotion and retention will remain the decision of the school principal and staff. 
    • NCDPI strongly recommends that districts/schools only consider retention of students if the retention consideration process was already well underway for a student prior to March 13, 2020, including communication and collaboration with the student’s parent/family. 
    • If a student was being considered for retention prior to March 13 and is still being considered for retention, NCDPI strongly encourages the development of a local plan to ensure effective communication and collaboration between the school and family to determine the most effective path forward for the student, especially given these extraordinary circumstances that students/families find themselves in as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and extended school closure.
     
    The below grading policy for seniors was approved by the SBE on March 27, 2020:
    SENIOR PLAN TO GRADUATE CLASS of 2020:
    • Fall Courses: Students will receive grades for fall courses as already stored, yearlong and semester. Fall grades will count toward GPA. 
      • For year-long courses, the fall term grade will be counted into the GPA.
        Note: Clear directions from PowerSchool will come at a later date.
      • For semester-long courses, the final course grade will be counted into the GPA. 
    • Spring Courses: Students will receive a Pass "PC19" or Withdrawal "WC19" based on their learning as of March 13 for spring courses.  
    • If the student has an F as of March 13 for graduation requirements, districts/schools shall provide remote learning opportunities for the student to improve to a passing grade. Opportunities for Seniors to pass graduation requirements shall include: p
      • participate in remote learning through the enrolled LEA/Charter; 
      • enroll in NC Virtual Public School for all courses applicable; 
      • participate in credit recovery aligned to instructional topics covered through March 13; or 
      • pass a final locally-developed assessment aligned to instructional topics covered through March 13. A final assessment can be in a variety of formats, including but not limited to a portfolio, interview, teacher-made test, project, and/or some other performance-based measure. 
    • Occupational Course of Study (OCS): If an OCS student completes 157 hours of the 225 hours of “paid work hours” graduation requirement, the student will receive a Pass “PC19”. Note: This is dependent on a SBE amendment to GRAD-004.

     

    April 13, 2020, 6:00 pm

    Click here to view a recording of the special called meeting of the BOE to discuss matters related to COVID-19.

    Remarks by Dr. Hargrave to the BOE: 

    Before I begin, I want us to take a moment to reflect on the way our world has changed in this past month. Literally one month ago today, on Friday, March 13, Gov. Cooper held a press conference and said that the National Center for Disease Control did NOT recommend school closures at that time, particularly in areas such as Scotland County where there had been no reported cases.

    Based on those recommendations from the CDC, the State Health Department, and Governor Roy Cooper’s office, it was decided that public schools should remain open.

    The very next day, Gov. Cooper reversed that decision and closed all schools for two weeks.

    As you know, things continued to rapidly change and schools are now closed through May 15 for student instruction, all businesses other than those that have been deemed as essential have been closed, and for the remainder of the month, the governor has mandated a ‘stay at home order’.

    Many things that we once took for granted like going to work, going shopping, and visiting friends and family we’re not able to do now. For our students, the ‘normalcy’ of going to school to learn, to see friends, to have healthy and nutritious meals, and simply a safe place to be was suddenly taken away. For our teachers and staff, they left on Friday thinking that they would be back in their schools, classrooms, and offices on Monday morning. Little did they know that the hug or high-five that they gave their students that Friday afternoon may possibly be the last one for this school year.

    I am particularly saddened for our seniors. While not completely off the table, sport seasons, prom, senior awards programs and fun days, baccalaureate, and even graduation exercises are in jeopardy of not happening. This certainly is not the end of their Scotland County Schools educational journey that they (nor we) had hoped for.

    And so, here we are.

    As a community, state and nation, we find ourselves in a position that we could not have possibly prepared for. We in public education find ourselves on the frontlines, too. I’m not taking anything away from those folks in healthcare and those emergency personnel that are fighting to find a vaccine for the virus and are fighting to get and keep us well. They have my utmost respect and gratitude. However, in this situation, it is also evident how much society depends on public education to fulfill so many of their needs.

    Our cafeteria staff and bus drivers have worked tirelessly to provide meals that so many of our students depend on. Without missing a day since the pandemic started, locally, we have provided (with the help of our community partners during spring break) over 125,000 meals for our children. Our teachers didn’t miss a beat and since that very first week, they have been hard at work contacting their students and preparing instructional materials for them. Although the classroom has changed, our teachers and teacher assistants continue to work diligently to ensure that learning doesn’t stop. Our custodians are in our schools and buildings and are doubling their efforts to make sure that when staff do enter the buildings, that the environment remains clean and safe.

    With much of the instruction being delivered virtually, our technology department has played an essential role in making sure that our students have the tools that they need to learn. Our social workers, counselors, and mental health workers have had to work creatively to reach those students and families that are the most vulnerable to make certain that their social, mental health, and emotional needs are being met. And the exceptional leadership that our school administration and district staff have provided during this crisis confirms what I already knew – they are the best at what they do and we are fortunate to have them here in Scotland County.

    And last but not least, I want to mention how proud and appreciative we are of our parents and guardians. Never has it been more critical that they play a major role in their child’s education. They have stepped up to the plate and have truly become a ‘partner in education’.

    As we continue on this journey, we know we are going to make some mistakes. There’s not a class taught in college on “how to teach during a pandemic.” No administrator can look to another district to get advice, based on their experience, on how to lead during this type of world-wide event. And for our beginning and lateral entry teachers, they are just figuring out how to teach in a “normal” classroom and now have been thrust into a situation that in no way could they have planned for at the start of the school year.

    However, I am not hearing complaints. Instead, I’m seeing and hearing how our staff has not only accepted the challenge but through their creativity and ingenuity, have met this circumstance head-on.

    I think when we look back on this situation because this too shall pass, we’ll be proud of what we’ve done. I think as a district, community, state, and nation, we’ll be better for having gone through this. I also think that people will have a newfound respect for public education and will be reminded that our role is not only viable, but it’s crucial.

    Finally, as I’ve said to our staff several times but want to publically say it here, I am so appreciative of what everyone has done and what we are going to do. We all just need to remember to stay the course and let our focus remain on doing what’s best for children.

     

    April 12, 2020, 5:00 pm

    Good evening Scotland County Schools Parents, Guardians, Students and Staff,

    We are calling to let you know about some changes to our meal distribution and delivery program.  In observance of the Easter Holiday, Scotland County Schools' feeding sites will be closed and buses will not be delivering meals on Monday, April 13.  Meal distribution will resume on Tuesday, April 14.  When meal delivery starts back on Tuesday, we’ve made a couple of adjustments.  Meals will now be served and distributed from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm each weekday.  When the buses resume delivering meals on Tuesday, we’ve also adjusted the routes that the buses are delivering to and where they will be stopping along those routes.  Please visit our website at www.scotland.k12.nc.us or our district Facebook page for a link to the complete list of routes and stops.

    We also wanted to let you know that the Scotland County Schools Board of Education will hold a special meeting tomorrow night at 6:00 p.m.  The purpose of the meeting will be to receive updates from staff and discuss school system business related to current school closures.  The meeting will be held remotely and electronically to honor social distancing requirements related to the coronavirus pandemic. If you are interested in watching the meeting live, members of the public will be able to view the meeting through our Live Stream site.  The link to view the meeting can also be found on our social media pages and website as well. 

    We hope you all are and will continue to stay safe and stay well.

    Thank you and have a good night. 

     

    April 5, 2020, 7:30 pm

    Good evening Scotland County Schools parents, guardians, and students-

    We want to begin our message by saying thank you to the Restoring Hope Center and all of our community partners that served as meal distribution sites this past week during our Spring Break.  We also want to give a shout out to our amazing cafeteria staff for working through Spring Break to prepare the meals.  We are so appreciative for your efforts to ensure that the children of our community continued to have a healthy and nutritious breakfast and lunch, even during the break

    We also want to remind you that starting tomorrow, Grab-and-Go breakfast and lunch will not be served at our community partner sites, but we will resume grab-and-go breakfast and lunch at our school locations.  We will also resume delivering meals on our school buses. School bus routes will be used and buses will stop at their regular bus stops. School personnel will give each child under the age of 18 a lunch for that day and breakfast for the next day.

    More information about our feeding sites can be found on our website and social media pages. 

    Stay safe.  Stay well. And have a good night.

     

    March 23, 2020, 3:30 pm:

    Good afternoon Parents, Guardians, and Students,

    On Monday, March 23 during a 1:00 pm press conference, Governor Roy Cooper signed an executive order that closes all K-12 schools for instructional purposes until May 15th.
    While our school buildings will remain closed for students, we will continue to have school remotely and provide learning opportunities for our students. If you have any questions in regards to remote learning or instructional packets, please contact your child’s teacher or school.
    We will also continue to provide meals for students 18 years old and younger. Please visit our website at www.scotland.k12.nc.us for more information about our feeding sites and meal delivery.
    Thank you for your flexibility during this time of uncertainty and for doing all you can to help your student be successful.

     

    March 18, 2020, 5:30 pm:

    Good afternoon Parents, Guardians, and Students,

    Please stay on the line for a very important message from Scotland County Schools.

    As you know, schools are closed for students for at least the next week and a half.  However, that doesn’t mean that students should stop learning.  Starting next week, we will be providing at-home learning through work packets for our school based Pre-K students and our Kindergarteners  – 5th grade students.  Our middle school students will be provided instruction online as well as through printed material, and for our high school and SEarCH students, their course material will all be provided online. 

    For our elementary and middle school students who will need printed packets, we will have those available for pick-up and distribution during the following days and times:

    Starting tomorrow, Thursday, March 19 from 8:00 – 10:00 am, Parents/Guardians can pick up packets at their child’s school.  We will then put the packets on the buses as they are delivering meals from 11:00 – 12:30 pm.  Those packets that still need to be put in the hands of our Pre-K – 8th grade students and parents will be brought back to the school and parents will have the opportunity to pick them up again between 2:00 – 4:00 pm.  If there are any packets left, we will follow the same distribution schedule on Friday.   And for our Scotland High and SEarCH students, remember all of your instruction will be delivered on-line. 

    We also have a Tech Help Desk available for our middle and high school students to utilize in case they are having software or hardware issues with their school-owned Chromebook or Wi-Fi hot spot.  The Tech Help Desk is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm by calling 910-610-5481. 

    All of this information and the latest updates can also be found on our district social media pages as well as our website.  

    We hope you are all doing well – we miss you!

    Thank you and have a good night! 

     

    Monday, March 16, 2020:

    3.16.2020, 7:00 pm - Update from Scotland County Schools:

    Good evening Parents, Guardians, and Students,
    As you know, schools are closed for students for at least the next two weeks. However, that doesn’t mean that students should stop learning. Starting next week, we will be providing at-home learning through work packets for our Pre-K (only those Pre-K classes located in our schools), Kindergarten – 5th grade students, our middle school students will be provided instruction online as well as through printed material, and for our high school and SEarCH students, their course material will all be provided online.

    For our elementary and middle school students who will need printed packets, we will have those available for pick-up and distribution during the following days and times:
    On Thursday, March 19 from 8:00 – 10:00 am, Parents/Guardians can pick up packets at their child’s school. We will then put the packets on the buses as they are delivering meals from 11:00 – 12:30 pm. Those packets that still need to be put in the hands of our Pre-K (only those Pre-K classes located in our schools), Kindergarten – 8th grade students and parents will be brought back to the school and parents will have the opportunity to pick them up again between 2:00 – 4:00 pm. If there are any packets left, we will follow the same distribution schedule on Friday. And for our Scotland High and SEarCH students, remember all of your instruction will be delivered on-line.

    Beginning Thursday, March 19, we will have a Tech Help Desk available for our middle and high school students to utilize in case they are having issues with their Chromebook or need repairs. We are working on those details now and will share information with you in the next day or so.

    And finally, a huge thank you to Richard Jacobs and our Child Nutrition staff and Julius Dockery and our Transportation Staff. We were able to serve and distribute over 1700 meals today! Each weekday during the school closure, we will continue serving and distributing Grab-and-Go breakfasts and lunches at several of our school cafeterias and from our buses on their regular routes. Check our district website and social media pages for more information. And remember, meals will be available for any child 18 years old or younger.

     

    Sunday, March 15, 2020:

    COVID-19 UPDATE - 3.15.2020, 8:30 PM
    The following message is being sent out now to parents/guardians and students:

    Good evening Scotland County Schools Parents, Guardians, and Students,
    As you know, yesterday Governor Roy Cooper announced that all public schools in North Carolina would be closed beginning Monday, March 16 for at least two weeks. This is a very fluid situation and things are changing daily.

    This afternoon district and school administration met to discuss plans for the next two weeks and how that will work in so far as staff scheduling, student instruction, and student feeding. For the week of March 16 – 20, staff will have workdays in order to solidify plans for at-home student learning. For the following week, March 23-27, students will be participating in at-home learning. More details will be coming to you in the next day or two so stay tuned. We have moved Spring Break to March 30 – April 3. We also moved the Easter Holiday to Monday, April 13.

    Tomorrow, our school buildings will be open until for parents and students tomorrow until 6:00 pm so that you can retrieve personal items. Keep in mind that you should only remain in the school long enough to pick up those items and maintain the social distancing norms.

    And finally, we will be continuing to serve breakfast and lunch to our students through Friday, April 3. Please visit our website or social media pages for the schedule and for more details.

    Thank you again for your patience and flexibility. Have a good night.

    The below information can also be found on our district website at www.scotland.k12.nc.us:

    Updated Calendar:
    Monday, March 16: Required Workday for Staff
    Tuesday, March 17 - Friday, March 20: Optional Workdays for Staff
    March 23 - March 27: At-Home Learning Days
    March 30 - April 3: Spring Break
    *Note - The Easter holiday has been moved from Friday, April 10 to Monday, April 13
    Click here to view the Updated (3.15.20) 2019-20 Traditional School Calendar.

    Student Meals and Feeding Sites:
    Monday, March 16 - Breakfast:
    All Scotland County Schools cafeterias will be open from 8:00 - 9:00 am for all school-age children for Grab-and-Go breakfasts.

    Monday, March 16 - Lunch:
    From 11:00 am - 12:30 am, the following sites will be open for Grab-and-Go lunch: Laurel Hill Elementary, Wagram Elementary, I. Ellis Johnson Elementary, South Scotland Elementary, Scotland High School, and Sycamore Lane Elementary.

    Tuesday, March 17 - Friday, April 3 - Breakfast & Lunch:
    Grab-and-Go breakfast will be available at the following sites from 8:00 - 9:00 am. Lunch will be Grab-and-Go and will be served from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm. Meals can be picked up using the entrance to the cafeteria at the following locations: Laurel Hill Elementary, Wagram Elementary, I. Ellis Johnson Elementary, South Scotland Elementary, Scotland High School, and Sycamore Lane Elementary

    Additional meal distribution options:
    Beginning Monday, March 16, from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm daily, meals will also be delivered using our yellow school buses. School bus routes will be used and buses will stop at their regular bus stops. School personnel will give each school-aged child a lunch for that day and breakfast for the next day.

    *Because of school closures, meals cannot be eaten at any of our feeding sites within Scotland County Schools.

    **Meals will not be distributed on the weekends but will be distributed during Spring Break

    Students/Parents Retrieving Items from School:
    Schools will be open Monday, March 16 until 6:00 pm for students/parents to stop by schools to retrieve personal items. Students/Parents are asked to only remain at the school long enough to pick up the items and to remember to maintain social distancing norms (at least six feet apart).

    Middle and High School students/parents will also be able to pick up their Chromebooks during this time.

    Elementary students will not need their Chromebook to complete their at-home learning work.

     

    Saturday, March 14, 2020:

    Attention students taking RCC classes - Please read the following message from Richmond Community College President, Dale McInnis:

    This afternoon at 4:30, Gov. Roy Cooper announced his decision to close all K-12 public schools in our state from this Monday, March 16 through March 30 to fight the spread of the corona virus.

    Richmond Community College does not fall under this order from the Governor and will remain open for business until otherwise directed by Governor Cooper or our local health departments.

    So that we can take the necessary steps to maintain our educational quality in the safest possible setting, Richmond Community College will move spring break for students in curriculum classes (originally scheduled for April 13-17) to March 16-20. All students in curriculum courses will not be expected to attend classes next week.

    The college will remain open during this revised spring break, with all short-term training classes (WED & Basic Skills, etc), as well as all college offices and functions continuing as usual.

    By noon, March 16 our college will send out more specific directions for employees and students as to our next actions in facing this historic and unprecedented situation. Our priority is the success of our students, while securing their safety and that of our employees and their families.

    Stay well, and thanks for your support.

     

    Saturday, March 14, 2020:

    UPDATE: Covid-19 Memo - Saturday, 3.14.2020, 4:30 pm

    This afternoon during a 4:30 pm press conference, Governor Roy Cooper announced that all public schools in North Carolina would be closed beginning Monday, March 16 for at least two weeks. As of now, we will have all school buildings open on Monday as a teacher workday so that staff and students can access the schools to retrieve personal items and resources.

    This is a very fluid situation and things are changing daily. School superintendents will be having a conference call with the Governor's office tomorrow afternoon to discuss next steps. We will update you with more details after the press conference on Sunday.
    Again, starting Monday, March 16, all public schools in NC will be closed for at least two weeks.

     

    Friday, March 13, 2020:

    UPDATE FROM SCOTLAND COUNTY SCHOOLS REGARDING COVID-19 - 5:00 pm

    On Tuesday, March 10, Governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency in North Carolina to help limit the spread of COVID-19, also known as coronavirus. A state of emergency will allow government officials to take additional measures to protect the public. It will also have an immediate effect on our school district.

    Effective immediately and until further notice, Scotland County Schools will take the following precautions to protect the health, safety and well-being of our students, staff, and community:

    As long as we’re under an executive order from the Governor of NC, effective immediately, all in-district, out-of-district, and out-of-state field trips and travel by students have been postponed until further notice. In addition, all out-of-district and out-of-state professional travel is postponed for staff. District Administration and the BOE will continue to monitor the evolving situation and make changes if necessary.

    In a decision made by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Board of Directors on March 12, 2020, all interscholastic athletics beginning at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 2020, through Monday, April 6th, 2020 have been suspended. The NCHSAA Board of Directors will assess this situation regularly over the next few weeks. This includes all workouts, skill development, practices, and contests.

    In addition, the Sandhills Regional Athletic President made the decision to suspend all regional athletic competitions effective Thursday afternoon, March 12, 2020.

    In following with the NCHSAA, Scotland County Schools has also suspended all middle school sports including all workouts, skill development, practices, and contests.

    All district-level programs including Spring Arts Night (March 31), Battle of the Books (April 1), Robotics Showcase (April 4), and the Scotland High School prom (April 4) will be postponed until further notice.

    We received notification today that NC Special Olympics has cancelled all practices and games. Unfortunately, this means our local Special Olympics that was scheduled for April 28 will also be cancelled.

    The Employee Health Fair (March 25) will be postponed until further notice.

    School events that involve the public that are held on school campuses (ex: Parent Nights, Parent/Teacher Conferences, STEM Night, etc) will be postponed until further notice.

    The SAT that is scheduled for tomorrow (March 14) at Scotland High School will be administered as scheduled.

    This afternoon, members of district administration as well as our Board Chair, were participants in a conference call with officials from Governor Cooper’s office. It was clearly stated that the National Center for Disease Control does NOT recommend school closures at this time, particularly in areas such as Scotland County where there have been no reported cases. Based on these recommendations from the CDC, the State Health Department, and Governor Roy Cooper’s office, our schools will remain open as we continue to monitor this situation. For more information about the recommendations from the CDC about school closures, you can visit their website at https://www.cdc.gov/…/downloads/considerations-for-school-c….

    We continue to remind our school community that the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are the same preventions that are recommended for the spread of the flu and common cold. We encourage students, staff, and school visitors to follow proper handwashing and sanitation practices to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses. Students and staff should stay home if they are sick and should be fever-free for 24-hours without fever-reducing medication before returning to school. These guidelines are subject to change based on updates from national, state, and local health officials.

    Information about COVID-19 is developing quickly and the CDC continues to share new updates. We encourage staff and families to visit the CDC website for the most accurate and timely information about the virus. For more information, visit: www.cdc.gov/COVID19.

     

    Friday, March 13, 2020:

    Good afternoon-


    As you are aware, our Board of Education met today at noon today to discuss topics related to Covid-19 and how that will affect Scotland County Schools going forward. During that meeting, Dr. Hargrave shared with the Board that this afternoon at 3:00 pm, Governor Cooper has scheduled a conference call with superintendents from across the state. Rather than making an announcement now as to what SCS will do in so far as school closures and cancellations, we will wait until after the call with the Governor before making any announcements.
    We appreciate your patience and understanding.

     

    Thursday, March 12, 2020:

    Good afternoon Scotland County Schools parents, guardians, students, and staff,

    As you may have heard, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Board of Directors made the decision this afternoon to err on the side of caution and suspend interscholastic athletics beginning at 11:59 pm on Friday, March 13th through Monday, April 6th.


    In addition, the Sandhills Regional Athletic President has made the decision to postpone the JV and Varsity softball and baseball games as well as boys tennis matches that were scheduled to play today. The JV and Varsity Soccer games that were scheduled to be played tomorrow have been postponed as well. The track meet that is scheduled for today will go on as scheduled.


    All middle school sports will be played today but as of tomorrow, middle school athletics will follow the NCHSAA guidelines.
    This information and any other updates can also be found on our website and social media pages. 


    Thank you and have a good afternoon.

     

    Friday, March 6, 2020:

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    With the recent influx of information regarding the Coronavirus and flu, we wanted to assure you that Scotland County Schools and the Scotland County Health Department continues to follow the guidance of local, state and federal health guidelines regarding all communicable diseases. As of March 4, 2020 the state of North Carolina has only one reported cases as this time.  We are continuing to monitor the situation closely, are in the process of implementing a plan and taking initial cautionary steps.

    Throughout our school building, we have hand sanitizer stations for student and staff use. All hard surfaces will be appropriately cleaned with EPA-registered disinfectants. Additionally, our custodial, maintenance and transportation teams are aware of our increased efforts and are implementing them in their daily duties.

    School nurses will be monitoring students who present with symptoms such as fever, shortness of breath and coughing. Any student with a fever of at least 100.4 will be required to leave school and not be allowed to return until he or she is fever free for 24 hours without any fever-reducing medication as required under Scotland County Schools Board Policy.

    Here are a few helpful tips that with everyone’s help will aid in preventing the spread of illness:

    • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly (for at least 20 seconds). If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with 60-80% alcohol.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough.
    • Stay home while you are sick.
    • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces and objects with EPA-registered disinfectants.
    • Avoid contact with those who are sick.

    We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust protocols as warranted. For additional information on the Coronavirus, please visit the Center for Disease Control website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html

    And finally, should the need arise to close schools; Scotland County Schools will have an online platform that will enable us to continue instruction.

    Please feel free to contact the Scotland County Health Department at 910-277-2440 or your school nurse for questions or additional information.

    Sincerely,

     

    Dr. Ron Hargrave, Superintendent                                                     Ms. Kristin Patterson, Director

    Scotland County Schools                                                                   Scotland County Health Department