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Governor Cooper announced today during a press conference that schools will continue with remote learning for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
ECPPS received notification that a staff member was exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19. After receiving this notification, ECPPS was in communication with Albemarle Regional Health Services, who advised us of the questions to ask to determine the level of exposure. Based upon the information received, it was determined that a quarantine was not necessary in this situation. ECPPS is taking every precautionary measure to ensure safety of all staff. Staff assigned to this facility will not report until we have completed all sanitization procedures. We also want to assure our community that this employee was not involved in our meal services program and that this program was not impacted by this report.
ECPPS has taken COVID-19 seriously and administration has worked diligently to ensure safety for those who continue to work in positions deemed essential, as well as for the families we serve. Our facilities are closed, and for those who have to report from time to time, we continue to promote social distancing. We implemented new schedules beginning next week to limit our staff to possible exposure to COVID-19 as we continue to serve meals and provide technology support for remote learning. These safety precautions were taken prior to being notified of this incident.
We are committed to following the Executive Order of Governor Cooper to "stay at home" and we encourage our staff, families and community to do the same. We thank our families and community for supporting our efforts to continue instruction through remote learning, provide food and school supplies for our students, and to encourage positivity in such an unprecedented time.
ECPPS will provide meals for students as part of our Crisis Response Plan - COVID-19. We are partnering with the Food Bank of the Albemarle to ensure families have food as well.
We will share more about this plan, along with other important information as quickly as possible following our Board of Education meeting this evening.
Governor Cooper announced in a press conference on Saturday, March 14, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. that North Carolina schools will close effective Monday, March 16, 2020, for two weeks. ECPPS has been anticipating this decision and has worked diligently to prepare for school closure as related to the coronavirus.
ECPPS has an Internal Crisis Response Team that has been working for the past two weeks to create a plan that addresses instruction during a school closure as well as many other needs that our students and staff may encounter during that time. With the heightened coronavirus threat for North Carolina, we increased our time together to stay on top of the latest developments and to ensure we are prepared for whatever may come our way.
Our plan is very detailed and addresses virtual learning, meal distribution for students, technology distribution, WiFi access, student attendance, employee work schedules and pay, re-entry, and other areas. We have developed a page on the district website where information/resources will be posted for students, staff, and the community.
Please continue to follow us at www.ecpps.k12.nc.us, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Channel 8. We will share information as soon as possible to keep families and staff informed.