Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), classified a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), has lead N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper to make an executive order closing all public schools throughout the state for two weeks, starting Monday, March 16.

According to the Henderson County Public Schools (HCPS) press release:

“Henderson County Public Schools will be closed for all students beginning Monday, March 16, and remain closed for at least two weeks. This closure affects all school programming, including before- and after-school activities, on-campus childcare, all athletic and extracurricular practices and competitions, and all weekend events.

For HCPS staff, Monday, March 16, and Tuesday, March 17 will be Optional Teacher Workdays. The Learn From Home model will take effect for students Wednesday, March 18. Specific details regarding the Learn From Home model will be sent to families on Tuesday, March 17.

Although this is an unprecedented situation for school systems across our state, HCPS has been preparing for this event. The Learn From Home model will involve virtual and/or take-home coursework, depending on students’ grade level and internet connectivity.

In consultation with state and local leaders, we will determine a schedule to re-open schools at a later date.

Plans regarding continuity of meals during the shutdown are being finalized. This, as well as additional information for families and staff, will be communicated through the same platforms the district has used thus far to share COVID-19 information: phone message alerts, letters to families through Peachjar e-flyers, staff emails website postings, social media, and media advisories.

Be sure to check www.HCPSNC.org/COVID-19 for the latest updates from Henderson County Public Schools, as well as public health resources. Please follow @HCPSNC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And, please download the HCPS Mobile app and “opt-in” for notifications.”

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