COVID 19 District Messages

March 15, 2021 - Update for Families

During today’s Wilson County Board of Education meeting, the Board voted to revise the schedule for students who attend face-to-face instruction. The Board was prompted to revise the schedule based on the passing of Senate Bill 220 last week. The schedule revision is as follows:  

Beginning Mon., March 22, high school students will attend face-to-face instruction two days a week. Students who have been attending on either Monday or Tuesday will be grouped together. These students will attend on both Mondays and Tuesdays. Wednesdays will be a remote learning day. Students who have been attending on Thursday or Friday will be grouped together and will attend on Thursdays and Fridays. This schedule will be in effect until Fri., March 26. Beginning Mon., March 29, all middle, high school and early college students will transition to Plan A and attend face-to-face instruction four days a week - with Wednesday remaining as a remote learning day. Plan A requires students to wear masks but social distancing is not required in schools or on buses. Elementary students will remain on their current schedule. The Virtual Academy will remain an option for students. 

We will be back in touch with families with additional information regarding scheduling and transportation needs. It’s important to note that the Board will continue to monitor COVID-19 data and will revisit this decision if conditions change.

February 8, 2021 - Update for Families

The Wilson County Board of Education met today to revisit its decision of when students should return to face-to-face instruction. In December, the Board voted for students to return in late March. Last week, the Governor held a press conference strongly encouraging school districts to resume face-to-face instruction as soon as possible. The Board voted today that elementary and middle school students will return to school buildings on Feb. 22, and high school and early college students will return to school buildings on March 1. The high schools and early colleges have a different return date to allow time for the ACT and Pre-ACT tests to be administered at these schools the last week in February. 

Students will return to face-to-face instruction under the schedule that the Board previously approved (e.g., elementary students are in school buildings four days a week; middle school students and early college students are in the building two days a week; and high school students one day a week). The Virtual Academy will continue to be an option for students in grades PreK-12 throughout the remainder of the school year. Instructional staff in the elementary and middle schools will return to work in school buildings on Feb. 15, and 

instructional staff in the high schools and early colleges will return on Feb. 22. School principals will be in touch with families with additional information regarding schedules and transportation. All families who would like for their child to be in the Virtual Academy should complete a Commitment Form by Feb. 12. This form can be found on the district website - wilsonschoolsnc.net - under the Enrollment tab. It’s important to note that the Board will continue to monitor COVID-19 data and will revisit this decision if conditions change.

 

January 26, 2021 - Update for Families

Middle School Athletics Update:

WCS was hoping to begin a condensed middle school athletic schedule in January 2021. Because of many factors specific to operating middle school athletics under the current protocols related to COVID-19 and the recent decision for students to remain in remote learning until March 22, we will not be conducting middle school athletics this school year. This decision was made after much discussion and review by school and district staff and with the support of our middle school principals and athletic directors. We all look forward to resuming our regular middle school athletic schedule next school year if conditions permit.

 

January 19, 2021 - Update for Families

During today's Wilson County Board of Education meeting, the Board voted to extend the remote learning schedule for students and staff because of continued COVID-19 concerns. The Board based the decision on input from staff and families, the state, and guidance from the local health department. Students will return to face-to-face instruction on March 22 under the plans that the Board previously approved (e.g., elementary students are in school buildings four days a week; middle and early college students are in the building two days a week; and high school students one day a week). Instructional staff will return to work in school buildings on March 15. The Board can revisit this decision if data shows that conditions are improving. The Virtual Academy will continue to be an option for students in grades PreK-12 throughout the remainder of the school year.  

There are two groups of students not affected by today’s decision and will return as previously scheduled on January 25. Students who are served in the adaptive curriculum will still attend school and transportation will be provided, pending the availability of staff. The daycare centers at Beddingfield and Hunt High Schools will also continue to operate.  

During this time of remote learning, instructional staff can work from home or report to school buildings. The School Nutrition Department will continue to provide curbside meals to families at the 23 traditional schools from 11:30-1:30 this week. We will be back in touch with location changes that may occur after this week. Your student’s teacher and/or principal will share additional information about remote learning schedules if there are specific changes throughout the nine weeks. Thank you.   

 

December 14, 2020 - Update for Families

During today's Wilson County Board of Education meeting, the Board voted that all schools would be on a remote learning schedule Jan. 4-22. Beginning Jan. 25 through June 2, elementary and middle school students will resume their current face-to-face schedule with elementary students in the building four days a week and middle school students divided into two groups and in the building two days a week. (High school students served in the Adapted Curriculum will also continue their current face-to-face schedule).

Beginning Jan. 25 through June 2, there will be a change in the schedule for high school and early college students. They will attend face-to-face instruction in the building one day a week and be in remote learning four days a week. There are numerous health and safety guidelines set forth by the state that limit the number of students in classrooms and hallways, which is why we can only accommodate limited groups of students each day. High school and early college principals will be in touch with families in the near future regarding how the scheduling will work.

It’s important to note that the Virtual Academy will continue to be an option for students in grades PreK-12 throughout the remainder of the school year. The Board based their decision on input from staff and families, the state, and guidance from the local health department. Thank you and have a good night.

 

December 12, 2020 - Update for Families

Wilson County Schools will move all elementary and middle school students and high school students served through the Adapted Curriculum into remote learning beginning Thurs., Dec. 17th and continue through Tues., Dec. 22. Christmas Break is Wed., Dec. 23 through Mon., Jan. 4. High school students completing EOC and CTE tests will still take exams as scheduled on campus as required by law. We wanted to go ahead and inform staff and families of this change so that you had time to prepare. Thank you and have a great rest of your weekend.

 

October 25, 2020 - Update for Families

- Meals will no longer be sent home with face-to-face students prior to their Remote Learning days, but there are several options for curbside pickup for those students as well as students in the Virtual Academy.

- On Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, middle schools will be open for curbside pickup from 12-1.

- On Wednesdays, all 23 traditional schools (which do not include Daniels Learning Center or the early colleges) will provide curbside meals to students from 11:30-1:30.

- High schools will continue to serve curbside meals Monday through Friday from 11:30-1:30.

 

October 23, 2020 - Update for Families

Wilson County Schools is committed to keeping you informed about positive COVID-19 cases. We wanted to let families and staff know that in the event that a student or staff member tests positive, the following process will be followed:

  1. The individual must be isolated at home for 10 days from the onset of symptoms and then must be symptom free for 24 hours before returning. Contact tracing will be conducted to determine who was within 6 feet of the positive individual for more than 15 minutes. Those contacts will be notified by Wilson County Schools and the Wilson County Health Department regarding the recommended next steps.
  2. Families and staff at the school will receive an automated phone call from the district informing them that there is a positive case.
  3. The Wilson County Schools COVID-19 dashboard will be updated as we are notified of cases. This dashboard was added today to our website - wilsonschoolsnc.net - under the School Year 2020-2021 heading. The dashboard reports the number of active cases as well as the total number of cases and contacts since August. An active case will be reported on the dashboard for 14 days. The dashboard also allows you to choose a specific location within the district to review their number of active cases.

We want to assure you that the safety of our students and staff is our top priority - as is keeping families and staff informed. As Superintendent Dr. Mills shared with you Wednesday night, Wilson County Schools is a family, and we will grow stronger through this experience. Our students are at the heart of all we do, and we will work together to ensure their success and well being. Thank you and have a wonderful weekend.

 

October 23, 2020 - Update for Families

Message from Superintendent Dr. Lane Mills:

    A lot has happened since the pandemic began in March, and I want to thank our staff, students and families for your patience, support and hard work these past few months. I wish I could tell you that all of the challenges are behind us, but the truth is that in the next few weeks, we are going to need your support and understanding more than ever as we transition elementary and middle school students back into school buildings, and we continue to support our online learners. We know that the start of this school year is unlike any other and we are going to spend some extra time with our students helping them to feel comfortable back in the classroom and interacting face to face with our dedicated teachers who have missed their students.  It feels a little like all of our students are in the first year of school and going through the learning of the routines and schedules and procedures that make up a school day.

    We will need to work together to make this process as smooth as possible and understand that we may need to make changes along the way. We will stay in communication during this transitional phase and will also keep you updated in the event there are positive COVID-19 cases. Our goal is to be transparent and to keep staff and families informed. I also want to tell our high school and early college staff and families that we are hopeful for the time when those students can return to school buildings. We want them to have the full high school and college experience - especially our seniors.

    Again, I would just like to thank all of you for your support and patience and ask that you continue to extend grace in the days ahead. Wilson County Schools is a family, and we will grow stronger through this experience. Our students are at the heart of all we do, and I know we will work together to ensure their success and well being. I wish all of you a great start back in our schools!

 

September 30, 2020 - Update for Families

Good evening. This is Amber Lynch with a message for Wilson County Schools staff and families. During today's Wilson County Board of Education meeting, the Board approved re-entry options for students returning to school buildings through the remainder of the semester. The Board based the decision on input from staff and families, the state and guidance from the local health department. Because of the length of this message, this information is posted on the main page of the Wilson County Schools website at wilsonschoolsnc.net. Schools will also be in touch with families in the near future to answer questions and discuss plans for students.  

     The Board voted that elementary students will return to school buildings under a Plan A schedule beginning Oct. 22. Students would attend school in the building every day except for Wednesdays, which would be a remote learning day so that the building can be thoroughly cleaned. Families who are not comfortable with their child returning to school buildings have the option for their child to remain in online learning and those students will transition into the Virtual Academy. 

     The Board voted that middle school students will return to school buildings under a Plan B schedule beginning Oct. 22. Because of the limited density requirement, students would return to the school building on a rotating schedule. One group of students would be in the school building on Mondays and Tuesdays and then in remote learning Wednesday through Friday. The second group of students would be in remote learning Monday through Wednesday and in the school building on Thursdays and Fridays. Schools will be in touch with families about your child’s schedule. Families who are not comfortable with their child returning to school buildings have the option for their child to remain in online learning and those students will transition into the Virtual Academy. 

     The Board voted that high school students will remain in Plan C, which is the plan these students are currently following. Parents of students in the EC Adapted Curriculum will be contacted directly by their child’s teacher regarding re-entry. We appreciate the feedback from staff and families that guided the Board in this decision.

 

September 4, 2020 - Update for Families

Good evening. This is Amber Lynch with a message for families about two important changes occuring Tues., Sept. 8 regarding Chromebook login and additional locations where families can pick up meals for students.

 Beginning Tuesday, students will have a new login process that should make navigating our digital platforms easier. Students with a Wilson County Schools device should turn off their Chromebooks before class Tuesday morning and then turn them back on. When the login screen appears, students no longer need to type the @wilsonstudent.net part of their login. They only need to type in the first part, which is their name and a series of numbers. Their password remains the same. Students who are using their own device, will go to their school website and click on the blue “My WCS Backpack” icon and then use their new login. Please remind your child of this change to avoid any login issues on Tuesday. A popup message should appear on their login screen to remind them to only use the first part of their login. To view that message now, click here. If students are working on assignments this weekend, there is a chance this update will occur prior to Tuesday, so they can go ahead and use their new login. Secondly, we are adding 12 sites in the community where families can pick up meals. These sites are in addition to the 23 school sites that are already serving students from 11:30 to 1:30, Monday through Friday. We hope this change will help us serve even more children. Because the list of additional sites is lengthy and the times for picking up meals varies at each site, please refer to our district website wilsonschoolsnc.net, social media sites or call your child’s school on Tuesday for the locations and times or click here. These meals, which include lunch and a breakfast for the following day, are at no cost to families and are meant to serve children ages 1-18. To ensure that all children have the same opportunity to receive meals, please limit pickup to one site and only one meal per child per day. Please keep in mind that Monday is a holiday, and we will not have meal service. I hope you have a wonderful Labor Day weekend.

 

August 31, 2020 - Update for Families

Starting tomorrow, we are extending the time that families can pick up meals at our traditional schools. The new time frame is 11:30-1:30. We also received great news today from the US Department of Agriculture that they are extending the Summer Food Service Program through December. This means that school districts can continue offering meals at no cost to all children ages 1-18 - regardless of if they are a Wilson County Schools student. Families can pick up lunch and a breakfast for the following day at our 23 traditional school sites Monday through Friday, and the child does not need to be present. The meals are at no cost, and families do not have to fill out meal applications. If you have children who attend different schools, you only have to go to one site to pick up meals. Please keep in mind that next Monday, Sept. 7, is a holiday, and we will not have meal service. Thank you, and I hope you are having a great night. 

 

August 20, 2020 - Update for Families
We are aware that there have been issues with logging into NCEd Cloud this week. We have received notice from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction that this is a statewide issue, and they are looking into it at this time. We have also been notified that Google is experiencing high traffic, which is causing slow connections to their programs. Please know that students will not be penalized if they are unable to log in and view live instruction. All live instruction is recorded so that students can watch it later in the day and complete assignments before they are due. We realize this is out of your hands, as well as ours, so please do not worry! We will keep you updated. We also have a hotline number that you can call if you have questions or issues. The number is 252-399-7717. Please share to help us get the word out. Thank you for your continued support!

 

July 28, 2020 - Update for Families and Staff

Wilson County Schools families please remember to complete the Family Choice Re-entry Registration Form indicating your preference of remote learning or the Virtual Academy. The deadline to complete the form is tomorrow - Tues., July 28th - by midnight. Should you have questions, please visit our website and under the Re-Entry tab at the top of the page, you will find links to the Re-entry Plan, a video and the FAQ document that is being updated daily. If you cannot find an answer to your question, please email askwcs@wilsonschoolsnc.net. If you need a paper copy of the Family Choice Form, please contact your school. Thank you for your continued patience and support as we navigate this process!
 

July 23, 2020 - Update for Families and Staff

This post includes the following: a reminder about the Family Choice Re-entry Registration Form, instructions on where to go if you have questions and information about our food sites in August. We would like to thank all of the families who have completed the Family Choice Form indicating your preference of remote learning or the Virtual Academy. The deadline to complete the form is Tues., July 28th, and it can be found at the link below. Should you have questions, please visit our website and under the Re-Entry tab at the top of the page, you will find links to both the Re-entry Plan and an FAQ document that we are updating daily. If you cannot find an answer to your question, please email askwcs@wilsonschoolsnc.net and someone will respond within 24 hours. If you need a paper copy of the Family Choice Form, please contact your school. Lastly, we wanted to share an update about food sites in August. On Aug. 10th-14th, food service at the current sites will be suspended as we prepare to open additional kitchens and train staff. Forest Hills MS will remain open during that time so that the WECA and WAAT students who begin school on Aug. 3rd may pickup meals. Food service will resume for all students on August 17th, and meals will be available at the 23 traditional schools. Students at Daniels Learning Center and the early colleges may pickup meals at any of the traditional schools. Food service will be from 12-1:30 PM curbside daily and will include lunch for that day and breakfast for the following day.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf1in58nKxgIzw9GlZ8Jk33DB56FktzKBY1cS8_jKQDuP7r9Q/viewform

 

July 22, 2020 - Update for Families and Staff

To assist WCS with making final plans for the upcoming school year, we need families to complete a registration form letting us know if your child will participate in Remote Learning or the Virtual Academy. There are several differences between the two online options. Remote Learning is for PreK-12th grade students, including early college students, and it is designed for families who are interested in their child returning to face-to-face instruction when conditions improve. Remote Learning also offers students the full selection of courses available. The Virtual Academy is for 3rd-12th grade students, and it is designed for families who want their child to stay in an online platform for the remainder of the course, which is the entire year for 3rd-8th graders, and by semester for high school students. The Virtual Academy will have a limited course selection. If an early college student selects the Virtual Academy, it will significantly impact their ability to graduate from the early college due to the required courses that cannot be offered through this option. Please consider which option is best for your child and then complete the Family Choice Re-entry Registration Form by clicking the link. The deadline to complete the form is Tues., July 28. Please contact your child’s school if you need a paper copy. More information can be found in the images. We appreciate your support as we continue to navigate this process. Though this school year will be different for all of us, we are very excited for it to begin so that we can reconnect with our students, staff and families.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf1in58nKxgIzw9GlZ8Jk33DB56FktzKBY1cS8_jKQDuP7r9Q/viewform

 

July 20, 2020 - Update for Families and Staff

The During today’s Wilson County Board of Education meeting, district leaders presented the WCS Re-entry Plan to the Board, which outlined options for what the school year could look like in August based on the Governor’s guidance for school districts. After much discussion, the Board voted to begin the year with remote learning for all students for the first nine weeks of school. If conditions improve at the end of the nine weeks, the plan is to allow families to transition to a blended option of alternating weeks through face-to-face and remote learning at a reduced capacity in the schools or remain in the remote learning option. WCS will also offer a new Virtual Academy for families of students in grades 3-12 who are not comfortable with their child returning to the classroom for the remainder of the course. More details will be shared in the next few days about how families can register for either the Remote Learning or the Virtual Academy. To read more about the factors that led to the Board’s decision, visit wilsonschoolsnc.net to view the WCS Re-entry Plan.

 

July 14, 2020 - Update for Families and Staff

The Governor announced that school districts can opt to reopen under Plan B guidelines or continue with remote learning under Plan C. Plan B means schools will open with moderate social distancing and will be required to operate with no more than 50% capacity and enhanced health protocols. We are working on a plan that will outline what this means for our students, and the plan will be shared with the Wilson County Board of Education on Mon., July 20. After the meeting, we will share the information with families and staff. We also wanted to thank everyone who responded to the re-entry surveys, which will help us in our planning. You can find the survey results here. Thank you, as always, for your continued support as we navigate this challenging process.


July 13, 2020 - Update for Families and Staff
The results of the Re-entry Survey for Families and the Re-entry Survey for Staff were presented during the Special Wilson County Board of Education meeting on July 13. WCS wants to thank everyone who provided feedback. We had great representation across grade levels and excellent participation - 3,999 family responses and 1,220 staff responses. The results of the surveys can be viewed here. WCS leaders will use the survey data to work on our Re-entry Plan. The Governor is planning to make an announcement July 14 about schools and depending on what is decided, we will still need time to compete our plan and present it to the Board of Education at the July 20 meeting. We will share more information with families and staff after that meeting. As a reminder, North Carolina education and health officials have shared several possible options for how public schools will reopen in August, but a final decision has not yet been made by the Governor. The list of possibilities is broadly divided into the following categories: Plan A - schools will open as normal at 100% capacity with enhanced health protocols; Plan B - schools will be required to operate with no more than 50% capacity and enhanced health protocols with increased requirements will be required; and Plan C - schools will suspend in-person classes and will operate through remote learning for all students.

June 29, 2020 - Update for Families and Staff

We need your input! The first day of school is scheduled for Aug. 3rd for our early colleges and Aug. 17th for our traditional schools. North Carolina education and health officials have shared several possible options for how public schools will reopen in August, but a final decision has not yet been made by the Governor. The list of possibilities is broadly divided into the following categories:

-Plan A: Schools will open as normal with minimal social distancing at 100% capacity. Enhanced health protocols will be required.

-Plan B: Schools will open with moderate social distancing and will be required to operate with no more than 50% capacity. Enhanced health protocols with increased requirements will be required. 

-Plan C: Schools will suspend in-person classes and will operate through remote learning for all students. 

To help us consider different scenarios and plan for whatever is decided, we have developed a survey for families. Your feedback is very important to us. Thank you for taking a moment to fill out the WCS Fall 2020 Re-entry Survey for Families.  All survey submissions are anonymous.

 

May 29, 2020 - Update for Families and Staff

We have been made aware that a Wilson County Schools employee has tested positive for COVID-19. We are working closely with the Wilson County Health Department through this process. They have traced anyone who has been in close contact with the individual and instructed them to quarantine for 14 days. There is no further risk to the public, and the health department will continue to follow up with everyone involved. We just wanted to make our staff and families aware in case you hear about this. Thank you.

 
 May 28, 2020 - Update for Families and Staff

We just wanted to express how proud we are of our students and staff for the way they navigated remote learning the past few months. We also want to thank parents and guardians for your support and patience during this time. None of us could have imagined when our school year began in the fall that it would end this way. Tomorrow is our last day of school, and it's always been a day filled with hugs, well wishes, tears (when the goodbyes are hard) and all of the excitement that summer break can bring. We are going to miss experiencing those moments face to face with our students tomorrow. Please let your child know how much we miss them and that we are looking forward to being together again. We are also looking forward to our upcoming graduations - which include celebrating the very first graduating class from Wilson Academy of Applied Technology. We are proud of all of the seniors who are a part of the Class of 2020 and so happy to have been a part of their journey. 

We hope that all of our students will continue learning over the summer and keep using online resources. We actually have more hotspots available while supplies last from the 1Million Project . Students in grades 4-11 can apply. The hotspots are free and provide 20GB of high speed internet access per month if you have limited or no connectivity at home. It is important that all of our students have reliable access to the internet because we will have some remote learning days next school year. If you are interested in applying for a hotspot, please call 252-399-7870 or email peoples@wilsonschoolsnc.net and provide your name, your child's name, school, phone number and mailing address. Thank you.

 

May 19, 2020 - Update for Families and Staff

We just wanted to make you aware that at yesterday’s Wilson County Board of Education meeting, the board made changes to our current school calendars and next year’s school calendars. The revisions were based on directives from the Governor, the State Board of Education and the NC Department of Public Instruction. You can find the calendars on our website - wilsonschoolsnc.net - and on our social media sites. When you review next year’s calendars, you will notice that there are five days of remote learning included, which is required by the state. These days will take place outside of the traditional school setting. We will share more details about those days as next school year approaches. Thank you for your continued patience and support. We look forward to finishing this year strong and being back in our schools next year.

 

May 3, 2020 - Update for Families and Staff

In the midst of everything that has happened with our school year, we still have so much to celebrate. Friday was School Lunch Hero Day and National Principals Day. This coming week, we are excited to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week. We are grateful to all of our incredible staff members who devote their lives to educating, serving and inspiring children. As a new week begins, please listen for messages from your school principal regarding the next round of instructional materials. It is important to remember that while our year has been interrupted, it is not over.

We also wanted to let everyone know that district leaders are working on details regarding grading, promotion, cap and gown pickup, graduation, bringing this year to a close, and what next school year is going to look like. We appreciate your support as we develop plans to celebrate and adhere to the requirements and guidelines we need to follow that will keep all our families and staff safe. Additional information will be forthcoming. Thank you so much for your continued patience. Please continue to take care of yourself and others during this time and let your child know how much we miss them. Thank you.

 

April 24, 2020 - Update for Families and Staff

As many of you are aware, Governor Cooper announced today that students will not be returning to school buildings this year, but will continue with at-home learning until our last day of school on June 3 for traditional schools and May 14 for our early colleges. None of us could have imagined this scenario for the last months of our school year but it is important to remember that while our year has been interrupted, it is not over. Our teachers have done an incredible job assigning instructional materials that your child should complete from home. We encourage all of our students to work on these materials to stay on track with learning. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher if you have questions. We know that this situation has been especially hard for our seniors, and we will stay in touch with what this means for graduation. The state has also shared grading guidance with us, and this information is available on our website, wilsonschoolsnc.net, under the COVID-19 Remote Learning tab. There are still more details we have to work out at the district level as far as grading, and we hope to share that information next week. We want to assure you that Wilson County Schools will continue to provide meals for children ages 1-18 at school sites across the county during this time. For a list of the sites, please refer to our district website, social media sites or call your child’s school. We want you all to know that we are here for you, and we will get through this together. Please continue to take care of yourself and others during this time. 

 

 April 20, 2020 - Update for Families and Staff

This message is regarding the next round of instructional materials, updates to our food sites and information about school reassignment for next year.  

The next two weeks of instructional materials will be available on Mon., April 20 at our schools from 8 am to 7 pm or online. Please refer to messages from your school principal for more details. These assignments will cover new concepts. Please encourage your child to complete them and feel free to contact teachers during their office hours if you have any questions.  

Regarding our food sites, we are making changes to the locations in order to minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19. Breakfast and lunch meals will be available to children ages 1-18 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-1:30 p.m. at these school sites - Beddingfield, Darden, Elm City, Forest Hills Frederick Douglass, Hearne, Lucama, Toisnot, Vick, Wells and Winstead. While we are only serving food two days, the portions will be increased to last multiple days.

Lastly, I wanted to remind families that the reassignment request window is March 1 through June 1. You can go online to wilsonschoolsnc.net and select Enrollment and Reassignment for more information. The following schools are closed to reassignment because they are at capacity - Rock Ridge ES, Elm City MS, Springfield MS and Hunt HS. 

We miss you, and we truly hope that this will be over soon and that we will be able to return to school in a month!

 

April 17, 2020 - Update for Families and Staff

The next two weeks of instructional materials will be available on Mon., April 20 at our schools from 8 am to 7 pm or online. Please refer to messages from your school principal for more details. These assignments will cover new concepts. Please encourage your child to complete them and feel free to contact teachers during their office hours if you have any questions.  

Regarding our food sites, we are making changes to the locations in order to minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19. Breakfast and lunch meals will be available to children ages 1-18 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-1:30 p.m. at these school sites - Beddingfield HS, Darden MS, Elm City MS, Forest Hills MS, Frederick Douglass ES, Hearne ES, Lucama ES, Toisnot MS, Vick ES, Wells ES and Winstead ES. While we are only serving food two days, the portions will be increased to last multiple days. The first day of this new schedule will be Tues., April 21. 

Lastly, I wanted to remind families that the reassignment request window is March 1 through June 1. You can go online to wilsonschoolsnc.net and select Enrollment and Reassignment for more information. The following schools are closed to reassignment because they are at capacity - Rock Ridge ES, Elm City MS, Springfield MS and Hunt HS. 

We miss you, and we truly hope that this will be over soon and that we will be able to return to school in a month!

 

April 7, 2020 - Update for Families and Staff

Wilson County Schools will observe Spring Break in our traditional schools as originally scheduled on our calendar - Fri., April 10 through Fri., April 17. During this time, we will need to make adjustments to our food service for students because our schools will be closed for Spring Break. We are grateful to the Wilson SPOT for all they have done to provide meals for children in our community, and they will continue to provide breakfast and lunch for students while we are on Spring Break April 10th-17th. The SPOT Is located at 910 Tarboro St. Breakfast will be served with lunch upon request from 10:45am-1pm, Monday through Friday at the SPOT. To ensure they have enough food, please register online at thewilsonspot.org or call 252-991-4018. The SPOT is also in need of volunteers. Please visit their website thewilsonspot.org to sign up to volunteer.

 As many of you are aware, some school districts in the state are making changes to their food service because of the increased risk of exposure to COVID-19. Our district leaders are in constant communication with the health department and other entities as we work to keep our staff members safe while at the same time trying to provide for our students. We will keep you informed of any decisions that are made that might affect food service after Spring Break. Please stay safe and remember that we miss you, and we are here for you.

 

March 31, 2020 - Update for Families and Staff

Starting tomorrow - April 1 - we are adding dozens of new sites and changing the times that meals will be available at most of the sites. We hope these changes will help us serve even more children. For a list of the food sites, please refer to our district website, wilsonschoolsnc.net, social media pages or call your child’s school. Again, these meals are at no cost to families and are meant to serve children ages 1-18. We miss you, we hope you are doing well and please contact your child's school if you have questions.

 

March 28, 2020 - Update for Families and Staff

We just wanted to make you aware that the stay-at-home order for our state does not affect the meals we are providing. Wilson County Schools will continue to provide meals for children ages 1-18 at sites across the county. For a list of the food sites, please refer to our district website, wilsonschoolsnc.net, social media sites or call your child’s school. The child does not need to be present, and the meal is at no cost to the family.

Also, this is a reminder that students will continue with remote learning this week. We’re excited about the additional layer we’re adding. Students with devices and internet will find their assignments online. Instructional materials will be available from your child's school on Monday, as well. Please refer to messages from your child’s principal or information on your school website for these details. We miss you, and we hope that you have a wonderful rest of your weekend.

 

March 23, 2020 - Update for Families and Staff

As many of you are aware, Governor Cooper announced today that schools will remain closed through May 15. We want to assure you that during this time, Wilson County Schools will continue to provide meals for children ages 1-18 at sites across the county. For a list of the food sites, please refer to our district website wilsonschoolsnc.net, social media sites or call your child’s school. We want to thank everyone who has made this process successful. Last week, we served approximately 6,700 breakfast meals and 6,700 lunch meals. We are also working on instructional opportunities for students that we should have available by next week. The expectation from the state was for us to use the rest of this week to plan instruction. We will share more details in the next few days. In the meantime, we do have instructional resources online. Parents can visit wilsonschoolsnc.net and click on the COVID-19 tab at the top and search for Instructional Resources for Parents. We want our school families to know that we are here for you, and we will get through this together. Please continue to take care of yourself and others during this time.

 

March, 19, 2020 - Update for Families and Staff

This is a message for Wilson County Schools families and staff regarding slight changes to the food sites tomorrow - Fri., March 20. We needed to adjust the time that meals will be served at Hunt, Rock Ridge, Jones and Springfield. The time frame for Hunt is now 11:45 to 12:15. The time for Rock Ridge is 1:15 to 1:45. The time for Jones is 11:05 to 11:35 and the time for Springfield is 12:30-1. Please check our district website or social media sites for a list of all of the locations or call your child’s school. Because there might be additional changes in the future, make sure to check the list daily. We want to thank everyone who has made this process successful as we do everything we can to take care of our students during this time. Wednesday was the first day and approximately 1,800 meals were served. Today, the number increased to 2,400! It has been so wonderful to see the smiling faces of our students again. We hope that all of our students, staff members and families are doing well during this time. We miss you, we are here for you and we will get through this together. 

 

 

March. 18, 202 Update Food Locations for Lucama ES

This is a message for Lucama Elementary families. I just wanted to make you aware that a new location has been added where you can pick up meals for your children. The location is West Seventh St. and West Lincoln st. You will see a bus in that location beginning tomorrow and continuing Monday-Friday from 12-12:30 p.m. There has also been a change in the time of when the bus will be at the Skyland Loop Rd. location. That time is now 11:45-12:15. As a reminder, families with children ages 1-18 can pick up a meal that consists of lunch for that day and breakfast for the next morning at these locations and other locations in the community. The child does not need to be present, and the meal is at no cost to the family. Please refer to our district website - wilsonschoolsnc.net - or call your child’s school for the locations and times. Thank you and please stay safe.

 

March 17 2020 - Message for Families and Staff
In previous messages, it was shared that our schools would remain closed to students through at least March 30th. However, that date should be March 27th. Our schools and Central Office will also remain closed to the public during that time. We know that many of you have questions regarding the school calendar and instruction, and we ask for your continued patience. The expectation from the state is for public schools to use the two weeks that schools are closed to develop instructional opportunities for students should our schools need to be closed for a longer period of time. We have 11,000 students under our care, and there are a lot of details to work out. We have been encouraged to immediately focus our efforts on the nutrition and nourishment of students, and the safety and well being of both students and staff. We are trying to go above and beyond in these areas. Our food and nutrition program that begins tomorrow - Wed., March 18 - at sites across the county is for ALL children ages 1-18 - not just our students. Also beginning tomorrow, our teachers will start calling the homes of all of their students to check in on them. Here are the details of the food and nutrition program that begins tomorrow and will continue Monday through Fridays while schools are closed: Families with children ages 1-18 can pick up a bagged meal that will consist of a lunch for that day and breakfast for the next morning. The child does not need to be present, and the meal is at no cost to the family. The time of curbside pickup is 12-1:30 p.m. at the following school sites: Lucama, Frederick Douglass, Wells, Vick, Hearne, Winstead, Toisnot, Darden and Elm City. There will also be buses parked at designated bus stops throughout the county where families can receive a meal. Because this is a lengthy list and the times vary, please refer to our district website wilsonschoolsnc.net or call your child’s school for the locations and times.We will be sharing more information with families and staff as it becomes available. Please continue to take care of yourself and others during this time. Thank you.

March 16 2020 - Message for Families and Staff
This is a reminder that our schools remain closed to students through March 30th. Information about the schedule for staff will be shared later in this message. Many of you have questions related to our school calendar, grades, rescheduled events, testing and instruction - we are still waiting for guidance in many areas. At this time, we are focusing on a safe environment within our district, providing meals through our school nutrition services and developing relevant instructional opportunities. Students are encouraged to read independently. This is the current plan for feeding students. Beginning Wed., March 18, our School Nutrition Department in collaboration with our Transportation Department will offer free meals at sites across the community from 12-1:30 p.m. for children ages 1-18. Families can pick up a bag that will consist of a lunch for that day and breakfast for the next morning. The child does not need to be present. The school sites for curbside pickup are: Lucama, Frederick Douglass, Wells, Vick, Hearne, Winstead, Toisnot, Darden and Elm City. Regarding staff, we are still trying to limit the number of staff members in our buildings. All school-based staff need to check their email after 9 p.m. tonight for further guidance for Tues., March 17. All administrators and 12-month employees are expected to report to work for their normal hours on March 17. Beginning March 17th, Central Office will be closed to the public. Schools are also closed to the public. We will be sharing more information with families and staff as it becomes available. So much is still unknown, and while we are all waiting for answers, we know that we will get through this together. Our district appreciates everyone who is offering to help support us during this time and the outpouring of concern for our students - along with all of the positive thoughts, encouraging words and prayers that are being shared. Please continue to take care of yourself and others during this time. Thank you.

March 15 2020 - Message for Families and Staff

Our school district leaders have been in conversations with state officials most of the day trying to figure out next steps. One of the hardest parts of this situation is that there are no exact solutions or a roadmap for this issue because it is a first for everyone. We ask for your patience during this time. As we shared with you yesterday, our schools are closed to students for the next two weeks - from Mon., March 16 through Mon., March 30 - in an effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. However, if your child has belongings that they need to retrieve from school, they can do so on Mon., March 16 during normal school hours.

We are beyond grateful to the Wilson SPOT for contacting us about free, hot meals for students and their families. Beginning Mon., March 16, they will offer free lunch and dinner on Monday through Friday to be picked up at The SPOT, which is located at 910 Tarboro St. Lunch is from 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner is 4:30-6 p.m. To ensure they have enough food, please register now online at thewilsonspot.org or call this number tomorrow beginning at 8 a.m. - 252-991-4018. 

We will continue to share information with you as it becomes available. We are going to miss your child so much tomorrow! Please take care of yourself and others as we work together to navigate this issue. Thank you.

 

March 14 2020 - Message for Families and Staff
Governor Cooper has directed the closure of all public schools in North Carolina for at least two weeks - which is Mon., March 16 through Mon., March 30 - in an effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Students will not report to school during that time. Students and staff who have belongings that they need to retrieve from school can do so on Mon., March 16 during the hours their school is normally open. All administrators and 12-month employees should work their normal hours on Mon., March 16. The Board of Education meeting scheduled for March 16 has been cancelled. We are beyond grateful to the Wilson SPOT for contacting us about free, hot meals for students and their families. Beginning Mon., March 16, they will offer free lunch and dinner on Monday through Friday to be picked up at The SPOT, which is located at 910 Tarboro St. Lunch is from 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner is 4:30-6 p.m. To ensure they have enough food, please register now online at thewilsonspot.org or call this number tomorrow beginning at 8 a.m. - 252-991-4018. One of the hardest parts of this situation is that there are no exact solutions or a road map for this issue because it is a first for everyone. We ask for your patience during this time. We will continue to share information with you as it becomes available. Please take care of yourself and others as we work together to navigate this issue. Thank you.

 

March 13 2020- Memo to Families and Staff

Contact:
WCS Director of Public Relations, Amber Lynch

252-399-7712

amber.lynch@wilsonschoolsnc.net

In partnership with local, state and federal health agencies, Wilson County Schools (WCS) is closely monitoring information and updates about the coronavirus (COVID-19). We understand the concerns about the illness, and we want to remind everyone that prevention, not panic is the best response. We are continuing to focus our efforts on preventative measures, which include staying in contact with local health officials, cleaning our schools thoroughly and encouraging everyone to practice good hygiene habits.

Should conditions change or local concerns warrant the need for WCS to modify any of its actions, WCS will notify families and staff through the district website (wilsonschoolsnc.net), social media sites, automated phone calls and/or letters as soon as possible so they can plan accordingly. Please refer to the date and time of any letters, postings or emails to ensure that you are reading the most current information because processes and procedures are being assessed daily.

Based on the most current guidance from the Wilson County Health Department, the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services (NCDHHS) and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) regarding COVID-19, our schools will remain open. Before and after school care, daycare programs, tutoring and the Evening Academy will also continue on a regular schedule. Effective at 11:59 p.m. on March 13, 2020, WCS will adhere to the following guidelines:

Attendance - All students and staff are encouraged to stay home when sick. Until further notice, absences will be recorded but not counted towards a student’s perfect attendance recognition.

School Trips/Competitions - All approved field trips for students through April 30th will be cancelled.  (A school trip is defined as a student or a group of students under the sponsorship of the school and supervision of school employee(s) to extend educational experiences consistent with the general goals and objectives of the total school program.) School trips and competitions after April 30th will be evaluated within two weeks of the scheduled date. Please understand it may not be possible for the cost of your trip to be reimbursed at this late date. Some trips are scheduled through vendors, and we are bound by the terms agreed upon in the contracts. School officials will communicate with families and staff any information regarding reimbursements.


Athletic Events - The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) has suspended all interscholastic athletics beginning at 11:59 p.m. on Fri., March 13th through at least Monday, April 6th. This means that there will be no workouts, skill development, practices or games in our high schools or middle schools during this period. The NCHSAA Board of Directors will assess this situation regularly over the next few weeks. WCS will follow the same guidelines for middle school athletics.  

School Events - All school events and club activities scheduled outside of the normal school day will be cancelled. Additionally, all large gatherings of students for non-instructional programs within the school day will be cancelled through April 30th. School administration will be reviewing the scheduled events to determine the feasibility of rescheduling the cancelled events at a later date.

Before & After School Care Enrichment Program and Pre-K Programs - Schools with child care programs will continue on a regular schedule. (As of March 14, these programs are closed through March 30).

After School Tutoring & Evening Academy - Schools with extended day programs will follow the same schedule as the school. (As of March 14, these programs are closed through March 30).

Facility Rentals and Use of Facilities - Facility rentals and non-instructional facility usage will be cancelled until June.

Out-of-District Meetings, Workshops and Trainings - All approved staff travel to out-of-district meetings, workshops and trainings are suspended through April 30th. Out-of-district travel after April 30th will be evaluated within two weeks of the scheduled date.

We appreciate your support as WCS, like districts across the nation, is closely monitoring reports about COVID-19. We want you to know that we are committed to following all guidance from local, state and federal health experts for K-12 schools to ensure the safety of all.