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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information and Resources

Board of Education Votes for 6-12 Students to Return on Plan A

The Board of Education met on April 1 in a special called meeting and voted 6-1 to transition students in grades PreK-12 to Plan A. This provides all students in DCS the option of attending school 4 days a week for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year. The Board approved the following instructional program recommendations to begin on April 12 (presentation attached):

Updates to the DCS instructional program:

  • PreK-5: no change, remains 4 days a week face-to-face (F2F), Friday is an asynchronous learning day for all.
  • 6-12: 4 days a week F2F, Friday is an asynchronous learning day for all. 
  • Virtual Learning remains an option for all students K-12 for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year. 
  • For families that wish to enroll or unenroll in virtual learning, they should complete the Virtual Learning Status Change Form (6-12) by logging into Powerschool. The form is available now, and the deadline is April 7 by 5:00pm. 
  • April 12 will become a teacher workday for all middle and high schools. This will provide 6-12 teachers the needed time to prepare for the transition to Plan A. Elementary schools will remain on a normal schedule for students on April 12. 

Daily Health Attestation and Temperature Checks:

We will continue our daily health screening text/email process. Please respond to the 3 required questions on a daily basis by 7:15 am (before students are on campus). To fill out a preference request, you will need to login to your PowerSchool Parent Portal. We will continue to use our thermal temperature units to take the temperature of all students and staff members when they enter our schools. 

Daily Student Reminders:

  • As a reminder, everyone above the age of 5 is expected to wear a cloth face covering on all DCS buses and in school facilities (unless there is an exemption). Outside mask breaks will be provided at different points in the day and while students eat breakfast and lunch.
  • Please remind your children to wash their hands and/or use hand sanitizer during the day. Teachers will remind students frequently.
  • Social distancing will be emphasized throughout the day.

Nutrition Program:

  • All meals are free for the remainder of the year to all students (F2F and virtual). Students attending F2F may eat breakfast and lunch at school.
  • Curbside meals will be available for free for virtual and remote student families on Mon/Wed/Fri. Curbside locations are CHSS, MMS, and FFHS from 11:00 -12:30. Friday free meal distribution will be available to all students at various locations throughout the county from 11:00-12:30. Please refer to our website for those meal distribution sites.


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Dare County Schools is Committed to the Health and Safety of our Community

The health and safety of all of our students, staff, and parents is our first priority as this situation around COVID-19 evolves around the world. Superintendent Farrelly and the Board of Education are working in close conjunction with local, state and federal agencies to make the appropriate decisions regarding the safety of our schools and community.

What is COVID-19 (Coronavirus)? 

Many areas of the world are experiencing an increase in respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus named COVID-19. This virus can spread from person-to-person in similar ways as the common flu. 


Notice Regarding Limitations on Liability for COVID-19 (S.L. 2020-89)

Any person entering these premises is hereby notified that those in possession, custody, or control of these premises have taken actions to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 to individuals present on these premises, by requiring that relevant guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), the N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI), and the County Health Department be followed.

Your support and cooperation, and your adherence to these guidelines will help prevent the transmission of COVID-19.

In any claim for relief arising from any individual contracting COVID-19, no person (including this governmental subdivision, governmental instrumentality or public corporation) shall be liable for any act or omission that does not amount to gross negligence, willful or wonton conduct, or intentional wrongdoing.  (S.L. 2020-89).

Please work with us to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19.  

Thank you for your support!