No school for students Monday in Currituck, teachers to prep for possible extended closing

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Students in Currituck County will get the day off on Monday, so teachers can prepare to begin online instruction if schools have to be closed due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

State officials have advised that public schools in North Carolina remain open for now.

But athletics, field trips, travel outside districts and most after-school activities have been called off through at least early April statewide.

Some systems, including Dare County, have also cancelled all non-school related uses of buildings.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam ordered schools across their state to close for the next two weeks.

Full text of statement issued Friday evening by Currituck County Schools:

Good evening Currituck County Schools’ Staff, Students, and Parents. Currituck County Schools continues to receive updates and guidance from the office of the governor as well as state and local health officials about the coronavirus.

Currituck County Schools has made the decision to declare Monday, March 16th, a required workday for all staff. Students will not report to school on Monday. This day will be used for all staff to prepare virtual learning protocols and activities should our district need to close for an extended period of time.

This day will also be used to continue our efforts to sanitize classrooms, restrooms, buses and high frequency touch points in all of our buildings.

A decision to close Currituck County Schools has not been made at this time.

The Governor’s Office and the State Department of Health and Human Services held a conference with all state superintendents and board of education chairs this afternoon recommending that schools not close at this time.

This however, remains a rapidly changing event, and we want to adequately prepare in the event we can utilize virtual learning protocols to lessen instructional loss during an extended school closure.

We will continue to update all staff, students, and parents as necessary. We appreciate your support as we all navigate this unprecedented event.

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