Last Updated: April 4, 2020
The following information is intended to keep you up-to-date and informed with what you need to know at this time about the Coronavirus, as it relates to our school operations. Please take advantage of the resources here, as we take precautions to guard against this infection. This page will be updated as new developments occur.
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Governor issues "Stay at Home" Order effective March 30 at 5 p.m.
It is times like these when citizens want to work together to help their fellow men. Here are some important tips from the Albemarle Regional Health Services, which you should know when considering volunteers for helping in a variety of situations…
Based on today’s (March 23) recommendations from the Governor of North Carolina and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Bertie County Schools will continue to be CLOSED for in-person instruction through May 15, 2020.
State Epidemiologist Dr. Zack Moore, of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, sent a memo to Albemarle Regional Health Services (ARHS) and others, today (March 19) regarding COVID-19 transmission in North Carolina.
**The ARHS will is expected to respond soon with a Summary / Situation Report, which will be posted on this site when it is made available.
In the meantime, the most up to date information and guidance can be found at:
- NC Guidance in List Format for easy access:
Statement from Dr. Otis L. Smallwood, Superintendent:
March 18, 2020
To Bertie County Schools’ Families,
As I'm sure all of you know, the Governor has ordered all K-12 schools to close for students for at least two weeks & it is possible that schools will be closed even longer.
I know you have many questions as do I. Unfortunately, answers are few at this time. However, we are going to do our absolute best to keep you informed via emails, social media, Blackboard Connect, and via the district's website. Also, we are in constant communication with our local & state health departments, the county Emergency Management Team, the CDC, NC Department of Public Instruction, and the Governor’s Office to get the latest updates on this concerning issues.
Some things that I can tell you is that we have already developed a nutrition plan in hopes that our kids can have at least one guaranteed meal daily during this time. This starts on March 18, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. At this time, there are approximately 64-66 bus stops on 16 different routes across the county. This plan will be updated as needed. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS!
Second, teachers have prepared instructional packets for students to take home during the next two weeks. Similarly, teaches, principals, and Central Office District Staff are working on a remote learning plan if there is a need for schools to be out beyond two weeks.
THANK YOU for your support, patience, and cooperation during this difficult time. THANK YOU for coming out in huge numbers to pick up instructional packets for your students! We are all in uncharted waters but we know we are all stronger when we work Together. As the district’s motto states: "Together We Can" & together we will tackle this situation one moment at a time!
Take care of yourselves, check on your neighbors, and always remember to remain Faithful!
Thanks for helping to #BuildABetterBertie
With Bertie Pride & Love,
Today (Saturday, March 14) at 4:30 p.m., Gov. Roy Cooper issued an Executive Order that closes all schools in North Carolina FOR STUDENTS, beginning Monday, March 16 and lasting at least through March 30, or the next two weeks.
Monday will be an OPTIONAL workday for staff, and buildings will be open to allow staff and students to access the schools to retrieve personal items and/or resources.
The next steps will be determined and announced to you as soon as information becomes available.
Posters on handwashing for educators!!
Link from EdNC.org
Educators are encouraged to follow the link below, from EdNC.org, and scroll to the “Resources for Educators” and “Staying Healthy” sections.
The CDC offers information on preventing the spread of the flu, as a guide to guard against it and other infections like the Coronavirus.
School Nutrition Update *SPECIAL EDITION* - Coronavirus Implications for School Nutrition Programs
The CDC website provides a host of useful resources on prevention and treatment of communicable diseases, i.e., the Coronavirus: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html
**Pay special attention to the section titled, “What can we do now?”
CLICK HERE TO MONITOR THE NUMBER OF CASES REPORTED IN THE UNITED STATES:
If you go to one of our schools or facilities, please help us to prevent the spread of germs!