This school year is unlike any other. When we concluded the 2019-2020 school year, we had no idea that we would still be responding to the global pandemic. The 2020-2021 school year will be unique but we will still operate under our core values which hinge on giving our students the best educational opportunities while still maintaining a safe and caring environment. We need you to join alongside our district and embrace the ever-changing environment. We will need you to be flexible as we continue to respond to the guidance of our local and state officials.
On July 14, 2020, Governor Cooper, along with the NC State Board of Education (NCSBE) and the NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI), announced that schools would be allowed to reopen under the direction of Plan B. This plan allows schools the ability to reopen under a hybrid model that limits student capacity at each campus site. While districts may select to move forward with a more restricted model (Plan C), the option to still allow limited face-to-face instruction (Plan B) was adopted by Iredell-Statesville Schools. The Iredell-Statesville Schools Board of Education voted unanimously on July 20, 2020, to approve our system to open under Plan B with the option for parents to select Plan C if desired. Parents have the option to explore virtual options through their child’s school or take part in iACADEMY through a homeschool/public school partnership.
Students that will be continuing their learning and instruction face-to-face will take part in a hybrid schedule to allow our schools to adhere to the restrictions from our state and allow additional time for deep cleaning our campuses. Students in grades K-8 will attend school at least 2 days a week and will learn virtually for the other days of the week. Students in grades 9-12 will have access to face-to-face learning based on the school they attend and the capacity on each high school campus. Each school will continue to communicate their specific plans about student days on campus.
All students will have attendance taken whether face-to-face, remote or virtual/online. Face-to-face will be coded as “Present On-Site” or Absent. On remote days and Virtual/Online days, students will be coded daily as “Present: Off-site.” Students will not be counted absent until the student is not logging on or completing assignments and the teacher and/or administration has had conversations with the student and parent.
For the 2020-2021 school year, Perfect Attendance awards and incentives will be waived.
For each day that a student is on campus, a pre-packaged lunch will be available to pick-up from the cafeteria. On days when students are learning remotely, a school lunch pick up will be available on each campus. To pick up a meal at one of our pick-up meal sites on virtual learning days, please complete the form at www.tinyurl.com/mealrequestform.
We encourage families to complete the Free and Reduced-Priced Meal Application by visiting www.lunchapplication.com.