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Here are the top 5 things you need to know from this message: 

  1. The second semester begins tomorrow, Tuesday, January 5, 2021, for all students.
  2. There will be NO change to in-person learning at this time. We will resume the same schedule as before the winter break. 
  3. If you, your child, or a family member has been diagnosed with COVID-19, has been exposed to anyone with COVID-19 within 6 feet and 15 minutes or more, or has any COVID-19 symptoms including fever, new cough, or new loss of taste or smell, please keep your child home from school. These absences are excused. Find out the procedure here to return to school if your child had COVID-19 or was exposed to COVID-19. 
  4. If we have any significant spread of COVID-19 within our schools, we will have no choice but to move to “Plan C” which is 100% remote learning for all students. 
  5. Our staff, students, and parents did a great job during the first semester practicing their 3 W’s (waiting 6’ away, washing hands, and wearing a mask), which helped keep COVID-19 from spreading within our schools. Please continue to do this so we can keep our students learning in-person!

Good Evening Catawba County Schools Parents,

We are excited to start our second semester tomorrow, January 5th, for all of our students. We will be following the same schedule as we did before the winter break. Pre-K and K-5 students will attend in-person tomorrow, as well as our 6-12 grade “AA” students. “BB” students in grades 6-12 will begin remotely tomorrow and return to in-person learning on Wednesday and Thursday this week. If you are a 100% virtual student we welcome you back, and look forward to continuing to serve you as well! 

Catawba County Schools is committed to educating our students in a safe, engaging, inspiring, and empowering environment, and in order to make this a reality, we need your support.  

Staying at home when sick is important- now more than ever- not only for your child but the other children and staff in our schools or on the bus. Parents, please, if you, your child, or a family member has been diagnosed with COVID-19, has been exposed to anyone with COVID-19 within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more, or has any COVID-19 symptoms including fever, new cough, or new loss of taste or smell, please keep your child home from school.  These absences are excused and our teachers are prepared to help your child learn remotely while at home during this time.

It is very important that you to quarantine your child and yourself as necessary if you have been exposed to a positive case of COVID-19. Finally, if you, your child, or a family member has been diagnosed with COVID-19, please isolate the amount of time the health department or doctor has asked you to isolate.  Remember, quarantine and isolation mean not leaving your house unless it is a medical emergency.  

Procedures to Return to School After COVID-19 Case or Exposure

This information is vital to in-person learning for our Catawba County Schools’ students: Our first semester was a success because we maintained our 3 W’s - wear, wait, and wash - and our staff and students stayed at home if they were sick.  Now with the spread increasing in our community, we are extremely concerned about the health and wellness of our students and staff. If COVID-19 spreads in our schools, we will have no choice but to move to “Plan C” - 100% remote learning for all students. We feel that in-person learning is best for the majority of our students and want to keep it that way, so we need your help!

Thank you in advance for your cooperation, and partnership during this very difficult time.  We have seen many students, staff, and community members recover from this virus, but unfortunately, we have also seen community members we love, as well as family members of our students and staff, get gravely ill and pass away from COVID-19.

Help us balance our educational need with the health and wellness of our community. 

With your support, we know 2021 will be another great year in Catawba County Schools!

Sincerely, 

Dr. Matt Stover
Superintendent