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A Message About School Closure

Dear Orange County families and staff,

Today, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper ordered all schools in the state to remain closed until May 15 due to the coronavirus. We now know this will be a multi-month event. 

As a parent, grandparent and school leader, I understand how hard these last few weeks have been for all of us--and this news may be hard to hear. Our state’s leaders and Orange County Schools staff continue to put the safety of our students, staff and the community above all else. We, too, want our students back at school learning, but only when it is safe to do so.

Meal Pick-up

Along with ensuring the safety of all, we remain committed to providing food for students who need it and maintaining learning through this time. Providing for students’ basic needs is of utmost importance to us. All families can visit our website at orangecountyfirst.com to learn where they can pick up meals during our closure and learn about additional resources. 

Continue to check our FAQ document for updates on meal pick-up sites.

Continuous Learning

While we need to be flexible in this unexpected and challenging situation, I also want to emphasize that student learning is key despite this evolving crisis. We want to keep students focused on learning as much as possible. One way to manage this time is to create a routine for your children. This creates structure and normalcy when all other things are changing around them.

Please know that Orange County Schools has created a distance learning team that is actively working on resources to help students continue to access learning in the most equitable way possible. We will continue to update you as these plans come together.

Next Steps

Our Governor, State Superintendent and State Board of Education have committed to sharing more details around learning and staff needs in the coming weeks. They are creating committees to work on key issues like testing, teacher pay, and learning resources. We are still waiting on their guidance regarding graduation, but we know our seniors are particularly challenged during this difficult time. 

I would like to thank all of our students and families for their understanding. I also need to thank every Orange County Schools staff member who is modifying their work--including our bus drivers and janitorial staff--and those teachers who are doing their best to help students. 

 

We are grateful for your sacrifice, patience, understanding, and support. We will get through this together. We are Orange County Schools strong! #OCSStrong

Dr. Monique Felder