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3/16/2021 5:06:00 PM
Update: Lincoln County Schools Return To In-Person Classes

Lincoln County Schools
Press Release

Lincoln County Schools will begin operating under Plan A, in-person classes five days a week, for all grades effective Monday (March 22nd).  Remote instruction options will continue to be provided for students that have already chosen to participate in a full remote learning schedule. Remote instruction will be provided using synchronous, daily instruction from the classroom. A remote option will be provided for students who are quarantined and unable to attend classroom instruction in person.

Under Plan A, the following health protocols are in place for all students in grades K-12:
● Minimal social distancing
● Face coverings at all times
● No social distancing requirement during pupil transportation
● Other updates are specified within the Strong Schools NC Public Health Toolkit

“Making this move to Plan A for our middle and high school students will not be without some issues at first," said Supt. Dr. Aaron Allen. "Just as we experienced when we transitioned our Elementary students in October, we ask for parent and student patience during the first few days. We will work hard at overcommunicating to parents, staff, and students about the new set of expectations for the remaining nine week period.

“We will be working to modify our morning procedures where we can to expedite car rider lines in the morning, as well as breakfast and lunch to make sure we can accommodate everyone safely and in a timely manner. Our staff will be able to focus on one group of face to face learners while balancing their remote learners each day.

"Our transportation plan has also been modified so we can add more students to the bus each route. In the simplest of terms, our return to school will be more like we were in January, 2020 but with masks on students and staff and we are utilizing chromebook technology more.

"We are excited about this opportunity to welcome more of our students back into a safe learning environment that will allow our staff to better serve the whole child.”

Social Distancing
■ Social Distancing in Plan A is minimal and all students can return to the
■ 3-ft desired distance between students but no absolute figure based on
location in the building.
■ Adults still maintain 6 feet distancing between each other and students.

■Wednesday (March 17th) will be the last date for Grab & Go meals.
■ Breakfast will continue as normal
■ Lunch

  • Some expected schedules may change based on school needs.
  • Students will be able to eat in the cafeteria (skip a seat between) or continue eating in the classroom.
  • Students will be picking up their own fork kits, milk, and condiments (no longer packed in boxes)
  • MS/HS: Planning for only one entree option along with other components of traditional meal plan as well as having PB&J
  • box alternative for all students starting on March 22nd until Spring Break.
  • Many classes may choose to eat in classrooms since current rules do NOT allow for maximum capacity in the cafeteria under Plan A.
  • Breakfast and lunch will continue to be FREE for all students through the end of the school year.

1. Ridership will be at its normal operating capacity for all grade levels. 50 student
capacity for MS HS buses
2. Students should sit in an assigned seat. A seating chart should be on the bus and
on file in the front office.
3. Drivers will continue to clean their buses at the end of each route.
4. Hand sanitizer will be available for all students riding the school bus for use
entering and exiting the bus each route.
5. Drivers will have extra masks for students when needed.

 Masks, Seating, etc.

  • Mask must continue to be worn at all times on the campuses by students and staff.
  •  Even if a staff or adult has had the vaccine, the mask is to still be worn around others within 6 feet.
  • Staff can remove their mask if working alone in their workspace.
  • Cluster groupings in classes--Pod seating in clusters to help with quarantine selection; seating charts will be required to help staff
  • Lockers-use at your discretion
  • Visitors - still restricted for remainder of the year for in the building visitors during the school day

○ Indoor capacity vs outdoor capacity for athletic venues

  •  Indoor- 30% or 250 people in gym (WLM, ELM 180 capacity due to size)
  •  Outdoor- 30% of capacity

○ Cleaning
1. Touch point cleaning will continue throughout the building
2. Teaching Staff will continue to clean the desk in between classes and before
eating lunch in the classrooms.
3. Hand sanitizer will be available at all main entrances and exits, cafeterias, and

Elementary Schools
● No changes to operations except some may begin eating in the cafeteria again based on school capacity.
●Morning arrival procedures could be adjusted based on continuing guidance being received from the NC DHHS. 

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