In order to help communicate each school’s challenges with in-person instruction and the impact of COVID-19 on staff, Craven County Schools is implementing a new communication protocol.

This protocol will tell you how close your child(ren)’s school could be to returning to online learning because of a lack of available staff.

Before any school would be considered for a transition to online learning, it will use all available substitute teachers and other support staff to cover classrooms. However, in some cases, depending on the number of employees who have to quarantine, they may have to make transitions to online learning for individual schools for temporary time periods.

If a school campus is unable to safely operate due to the inability to provide classroom coverage, the superintendent will make a recommendation to the Board of Education for the school to transition to online learning for up to two weeks so the staff experiencing the impacts of COVID is able to recover and/or quarantine and school can safely re-open for in-person learning.

Each school will display a daily color code system on the school (and district) website. This will enable parents, staff, and community members to have notice of the potential staffing challenges individual schools may be experiencing. A COVID school closure warning system of green, yellow, or red will be used to share the educator staffing status of each school. The following breakdown by color explains each level:

In the event a school is required to shift to online learning, this information will be communicated to all staff and school parents via the call notification system including an email and text message.

Status on Jan. 20, 2021.

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