Cumberland County Schools town hall on reopening schools
Dr. Marvin Connelly Jr., superintendent of Cumberland County Schools, and members of the Re-Entry Task Force will speak about preparations being made for a safe reopening of schools. That includes health and safety protocols and questions asked by families.
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Have a pair life load learners to reach the matchmove potential. At this time I'm a vegetarian. Omits not the 1,000,000 Thomas Paine. I sentence stupid Kenya. The transformation and contingent in This is who have about overview of in task and the poor people live in my coming in Italian moment of detention. Thank you, Daughter Connelly and good evening. I want to thank everyone for participating in our virtual town hall this evening and to provide some context for the information that we're going to share tonight. I want to start off by explaining that our process began by convening a task force at the end of May, which was composed of school and district staff, to review the guidance that we ultimately received from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. I'm from the Department of Public Instruction in a collaboration with our county health department. All of that guidance helped us to develop on three reentry plans that align with reopening scenarios that had previously described by our governor Cooper. And so, with Governor Cooper giving the go ahead today to move forward Plan B scenario for reopening schools, we are ready to move full steam ahead with our blending learning options that we have developed over the last few ease. So last week our Board of Education did approve a plan that would allow us to open under AH Plan B with three different learning options for families. And so I'm gonna take some time now to provide an overview of those three learning options to kind of kick off our conversation this evening. So the first option is the blended in person learning experience. And under that particular option, students will be provided with a rotating schedule to participate in in person instruction and also remote learning. So students would have a schedule, which would have a week where they would be going face to face and weeks where they would be participating in remote instruction. So that's one option that families can shoes blended in. Parson learning a second option that parents can I'll consider is remote learning at their child's current school. With that particular option, families will not have a face to face. Some time with her child would come to school. But all learning would occur online with a teacher from their child's currently assigned school. Understand that under that particular option at the time, that school returns to all students coming face to face, those online classrooms at the school within dissolve, and those students would be able to come back to their assigned school and participate in face to face instruction. And so that particular options what we're calling our full time remote learning experience at your child's school. Our third option is our one of our newest of schools here in the district, the Cumberland Virtual Academy and the Cumberland Virtual Academy is a K 12 school. I mean is designed for students and families to have alternate learning. I'll try to learning option where all of the content is online and interactive. It is a fully functioning school, and it would be a permanent option so that this school would continue on past the 2020 2021 school year. And so those are the three options under Plan B, which we are fighting for our families to select from on our reentry website. We have place a league or form for families to complete the option that they believe best since their child's needs. And so that form opened on Monday, July 13th and will remain open through Sunday, July 19. And so we're asking all Cumberland County school parents to go to that reentry website in that's reentry, that ccs that k one to that N C. That, um, s to select the reentry learning option There. You can learn more details about the three options that I just briefly shared. And you can select the learning option that best since your Childs needs. And so we'll be providing more information about this as we move forward. And so at this time, I would like to continue, um, the beginning of our town hall and introduce our facilitator, Mr Niko Williams, from academic Services, who will serve as I moderator this evening to facilitate further discussion, Mrs Williams, thank these bombers for this segment of the program. We will now answer questions that have been posed to the district prior to the Virtual town hall this evening. Please feel free to leave additional questions and feedback in the Facebook Life Comment box. Or you can send your questions or concerns to our email reentry at ccs dot k 12 dot n c dot us. That email address again is re entry at ccs dot Hey, 12 dot NC dot us. As Miss McLean has stated, we have been working diligently in our work groups to provide a re open or re entry plan that is comprehensive and helps to meet the needs of our district. And so tonight we're going to have some questions and answers that have been posed prior to the town hall, and we're going to address these questions and answers based off up the work group. We're going to begin with one generalized question or overview for Dr Conley regarding our scheduling as far as the big A as far as when school will actually begin. Then we will go back to Ms Maclaine to address some clarifying questions regarding the options. And then we will dig deeper in our various workgroups. So our first question to Dr Conley Superintendent, have you considered pushing back the school start date to allow more time for schools to prepare? If you need, um, as you maybe aware all shoes in pairs. I, um ah, directed to start always 70. And so we will follow that directly from its name over all it. Seven tape. But I did what? Over there. Look. Right, uh, with flexible us under paying me, but all tunes a lot, and I we'll open. 00 78. Thank you, Dr Connelly. Well, now have those clarifying questions, Uh, from Miss Chalmers at this time, who has helped to lead whore who has really led these work groups. And we appreciate her leadership. A swell as our cabinet this present with us this evening. So, Miss Chalmers, a few clarifying questions. Number one. Can families with multiple Cumberland County school students select the best learning option for their individual child? Yes, Miss Williams. That is exactly why we have those relearning options that parents will be selecting from and on. The form that we need for each family to fill out were asking for the family, the parent or guardian. May, um, you learning options that the parent might prefer. And so we want parents. So it is not a family decision when you opt into a plan, but we're asking you to tell to share with us what you want for each child when you complete the form. So once again, we're asking you to go to that reentry website between now and Sunday, July 19. Read over those three options and then, for each of your Children that may be in different schools across the district. Complete that form so that eat, we can inform each school of the status of students. And so we will know clearly where each child option they're opting into. But also, more than anything, we want it to match the needs of the child. So, yes, you can select different options on four different Children in your household. Thank you, Miss McLean, for that response. Um, one final clarifying question. What will the classroom sizes look like in the options? How many students per class? So part of the reason for giving the different options and part of what we're expected to accomplish under Plan B is to reduce school and classroom capacity. So the idea that some of our kiss are socially distant within the classroom a za well as having fewer students in the building as a whole to interact with he's a number of ways make roasting. Lee is a polish, um, thing. Okay. Thank you. We appreciate your time at this time, we're going to move to Academic Services and Student Support Services work group. Ah, the purpose of this work group was to develop instructional plans and strategies for learning options and academic support for all learners. Our leaders on this evening for this work group are Dr Stacey Wilson Norman, our chief academic officer, and Dr Pamela Adams Watkins, our executive director of Exceptional Children Services, will begin our academic services. Questions with Dr Stacey was in Norman. Doctor was the Norman. It says you will take applications for the virtual Academy through August the 27 but we need to declare our option choice by July 19. Can we change our mind after July 19 to choose virtual Academy? If we have chosen one of the other choices? The virtual academy option will remain open, since it is a free standing school and a magnet choice or a choice program, so that auction will remain in place through the 1st 10 days of school. Thank you. If families choose the virtual Academy, do they also choose an option for the regular schools as well? Since there is a selection process for the virtual academy that once families make a selection of the virtual academy, we will start notifying families as soon as next week. Even though there's a selection process, parents do not need to choose a backup choice. If there is an issue, we will work directly with families to ensure they have the right opportunity and choice for moment in the fall. Thank you. Next question. If my child goes to the virtual school, do they need to have just do they need to have to stay in that school all year? Or will they stay in that school are year, especially if school opens back up. Once families decide to opt into the virtual academy, we're asking that they make a semester commitment. Many things are decided upon student enrollments ensuring that we have enough teachers in all of our schools and were able to accommodate so any family selecting the K 12 virtual Academy. It is a semester commitment. Thank you. Next question. I think that blended learning is going to be confusing to my child. How will we keep track of the schedule? We will ensure that every family has an individual scheduling and is aware of what cohort there in our schools and our administrators will be set up to ensure that we're communicating the system families and remembering When is their remote time and they're in face person there, face to face in person time. So we will work clearly with families to ensure that we have clear communication and that we have information posted on our website and schools remind families what we were on. So students and families know when to attend. Thank you. Next question is my child required to participate in remote learning? How will they turn in their work and get their grades? We will be using in the fall a new learning management system entitled campus. All of our work will be assigned to students through campus, and grades will be provided back to families through campus. We will also use in grades three through 12 our power school tool in which families can go in and check grades and assignments. In this version of remote learning, grading and attendance will be required and expected. And we want to ensure that families were able to track students grades as well as their attendance and participation. Thank you, Dr Wilson. Normal. You have a few more questions left? Well, schools have their normal school hours. Will remote learning have set hours? And what about the hours for the virtual academy? That's families choosing blended learning in person and remote learning assigned to their school will have set hours and those hours will align to a normal school day students and rolling in the virtual academy. There will be some flexibility based on student interest as well as courses in which they take. So we will still allow in our virtual academy toe options that they will take for our high school students options to Norco on a virtual public schools, as well as looking at flexibility as when students can do some of their asynchronous learning outside of the school time. So there will be flexibility in the virtual Academy. But everything will align to school hours and Option one and Option two Thank you. These next two questions are technology based questions. If I am role in the Virtual Learning Academy, will my child be provided a device to use, or will I have to provide my own device? All students and Cumberland County schools will be provided with the device, so we alone are students devices in which they can use for their in person or remote learning. So our plan is to provide all of our students with devices in the Virtual Academy remote academy or blended in face in grades K through 12. Thank you. So students, um, are being loan devices. So when they're using those devices with the virtual weeks, ah, learning for first Great consists of actually being taught lessons on these devices by the teacher instead of just sending a packet home and meeting one time per week for 30 minutes with the teachers. I think just to clarify that particular question that we have, I think the parent is trying to get to the weeks for the virtual learning. And will it be a combination of packet work and using the device in the LMS? Or exactly what can parents expect for for instructional materials that whether you're in person for elementary or remote, you would have direct contact with the classroom? Teacher learning will occur in the learning management system, but if you're coming in face to face and the teacher assigns you work, you may have worked to bring back for your next in person learning. But the packet scenario that was provided in the emergency closure that will not be our playing for instruction. As we open for the fall, students will be engaged in synchronous learning where their teachers it is involved in their own line, and they're learning as a class as well as they may be doing work independently. But everything will be uploaded and provided through that learning management system. Excellent. And as a follow up question for the materials, will students be provided individual materials for every student so that they do not need to share? So I'm kind of thinking more like in our elementary schools, where they have to use markers, color pencils, different types of supplies all the way up through ah High school in CTE and uses some of the equipment. So will schools be provided individual materials? We're working closely to ensure that students have their individual forcible materials. And when we think about elementary schools, individual textbooks, individual nonfiction readers, all of those things as we get into equipment in high school will begin to look at safety protocols to ensure that we're keeping our students safe and things that they may have to share and how that is scheduled and outlined in our protocols for safety. But at the elementary level, we're really trying to eliminate as much sharing. It's possible in terms off books, pencils, crayons, markers, that sort of thing, really focus on everything being individual for students. Thank you, Dr Wilson. Norman. Appreciate that. Are there any other comments or concerns that you would like to address regarding instructional applications for this year or anything related to academic services that perhaps did not come in for the questions and answers? But you feel is relevant in this moment that we will continue to work on the schedule and providing families with more information as to what the splendid in person looked like? What does remote learning look like in the virtual school? So we're continuing to provide more more information. And so, as you continue to investigate Cumberland County schools, please stay connected to our reentry website because new information will continue to come out on that website each week. Thank you. Thank you, Dr Wilson. Normal. We appreciate your leadership, and your diligence through this process will now move on to questions and answers with Dr Pamela Adams Watkins, the executive director of Exceptional Children's Services. Dr Adams Walk ins. If my child receives exceptional Children services and has an I E. P or 504 plan, what options do I have? We're currently exceptional. Children will have options at each level. It just depends upon the individual needs of the students. When we're talking about virtual learning, as we've learned from our our experiences, there's some services that are more difficult to do. Virtually so through the virtual academy, we would really have to look at that individual student. But as far as the blended and in face learning as well as the remote learning BC teachers would be available to make sure that we meet the mandates of those eyepiece be the students in the building or outside the building. So we would be there for that, and we would make sure that we adhere to the eyepiece. Yes, ma'am, Thank you. Thank you. Next question how well Children with eyepiece be accommodated during the in school weeks versus the virtual school weeks at the in school weeks. Of course, the EEC teacher is there on site, but similar to what's going to go on with the classroom teacher. If those students need services the weeks that they're out of school, the EEC teacher will provide those services now for our students who are in some of our separate settings. We're going to ask that they be allowed to attend their sessions more frequently and some of the others because they need a higher level of services. And some of those services are very difficult to give remotely or virtually so in order to meet the mandates of their I P. We will meet with them every week so that we keep up with those i ps and 50 forced and do everything for those Jews that they need. Thank you, Dr Adams Walk ins and our final question for exceptional Children services for this evening rest with our academically and intellectually gifted students. How will academically and intellectually gifted or a I G services be provided to students in each of the models and who will be providing those services? Okay, first of all, the academic and gifted coordinator and specialists are working to find out which students will need services under what programs summer to the way we are in the sea and every other department. And they are going to provide those services, be they direct or indirect, to students at all levels. So that department is working quickly to make sure the identify students and give them all of the stuff they need for a i G as well as any other student in Cumberland County. Thank you, Dr Adams. Watkins. At this time, are there any comments or areas of concern that you would like to address that we did not ask this evening that you anticipated that you feel are relevant in this moment? Just to say that over the last two weeks, my department has been calling all of our parents who were on the sea transportation. And as you can imagine, when we're doing these models, we do need to know accurate numbers for transporting our students back and forth. So I just encourage you that when they call you to please let them know what choices you're going to make. What your child needs the transfer irritation because it makes us desire Moore's job a lot easier if they know exactly which students are going to be transported for us. Thank you so much for your time and your leadership as well. Dr. Pamela Adams Walk ins. If you're just joining us, we're now in the question and answer segment to our town hall, and we're answering questions that have been posed to the district prior to the virtual town hall this evening. Please feel free to leave additional questions and be back in the Facebook Live Comment box or email reentry at ccs dot k 12 dot n c dot us. We will continue to monitor all of our sites and emails to provide the most up today information. At this time, we will move on to our next work group, which is whole child support. The purpose of this work group is to develop strategies for student health and wellness and social and emotional support plans to for re entry for this upcoming school year. The leaders of this work group are Dr Mary Black, associate superintendent of student Support Services and missed Early Bolden, the director of health services. We will begin with Dr Mary Black, associate superintendent of Student Support Services. Dr. Black. What support re first resource is will be in place to help students, families and school employees to manage socially and emotionally during this global pandemic. Looks like we might be having technical difficulties. I will fill in for Dr Black. The district is actively pursuing the implementation of an employee assistance program to provide a resource for employees the Student Services Department will all for a variety of support services that will support students social and emotional will be Thank you. The next question for Dr Black. Will there be childcare assistance for school parents and employees? I believe, um, the question waas Will there be childcare assistance for school pictures and employees? The district will provide a menu of available options that may be made available for employees and parents to consider for child here, including prime time availability. Additional information will be shared at a later time. Thank you. Next question. My child's school is a uniformed school with the changes to learning. When my child still need uniforms, schools with uniformed dress codes will continue to follow the uniformed dress code expectations communicated by their school. Thank you. And the final question for Dr Black. My child normally attends prime time after school and before school, will that continue to be an option? Yes, we're working through the details, but we are planning for this to be an option for our families. Thank you, Mr Whitley, for filling in for Dr Mary Black, Associate Superintendent of Student Support Services will now move on to Mr Lee Bolden, director of health services. And this building you have on quite a few questions, and they're a little lengthy. So if you'll bear with me, okay, your first question. Can you provide an overview of health and safety protocols that will be in place for students and staff once schools reopen? Yes, I'm let me began bus. And then the standard immunization and health assessment requires will remain. Who, 30 days after your child's 1st 8 returned since covet 19 has not granted ext section of this point we haven't heard and they from the governor. So we ask that if you have maxed credit, your child an appointment for the immunizations and for the health assessment, please deduced the additional covert 19 Coast were put in place dress modifying classes where students are likely to be in close contact example of education or in a band class. We're looking at alternate classrooms and capacities. What? How many kids will be put in a class so that we can prevent student of class mixing In addition to that, although classroom s will be isn't the same direction. Another thing that we're doing this coverage, they're gonna be required for all students K 12 There will be exceptions made but anymore who cannot tolerate of its coverage due to developmental needs. They may have medical needs or behavioral me. In addition of that, we have created some Emily guidance for healthy return. And we have guidance for a respiratory. Edip it We have how glove usage, for example. And CCS will be using non latex gloves, hand washing their some videos and some activities that we encourage families to do it. That temperature screenings on what to do with the routine illness and how we managed to needs of our vulnerable student populations and eso. We encourage you to look at that and learn more of you have questions. You can always send an email as well. Thank you, Miss Bolden. I think you hit most of the important questions overall. And so, Ah, follow up. When students are 10 school for face to face learning, will they have their temperature taken upon entering the building? Max and Guardians, we're going to need your help of this. We're gonna ask the Jew. I'm sin, Please. Ccs symptoms screening attestation form and sent that with your child to the bus. or when they're attending school, and that for basically ask you to attest to that your child is symptom free. Once they get on the bus, the bus driver review it that I have a seat. It sit back in their backpack. But once every style gets, the school brother arrived. The bus but of the motor transportation is it will be screen perceptions are to entering the building. Thank you, Miss Folding The one final question. What processes and procedures will be followed if someone within the school test positive for covert 19 students or staff who test positive, recovered 19 or have had close contact or having called it 19 symptoms are going to be excluded from school. Um, a notification of school principal will notify my office, the Office of Health Services. I will work directly with the department of the kind of help we will follow their lead that we would do the same for notification. So many times, families will say, Why didn't I know notification will be based off? The need to know that is provided from the apartment of public health will keep your information of it as well as other students and families while keeping everyone say thank you again, Miss Bolden, at this time, are there any other questions or comments that you would like to address that we didn't address here? That maybe you thought we would ask that you feel are relevant in this moment, as I like to speak to the parents of students who have he see nursing services, we have been contacting you, asking you to send an update it medical orders. We're asking that you please get that to us as soon as possible so that we can make sure that we have your nursing needs met. And that's our kids with the traits be tubes last to me bags. Also, you know that the public health school nurses are gonna be ready and available. If you know that your child is going to need a care plan. Has asthma any other chronic illness? I want you to get in touch with us now because we want to have those care plans and face and ready to start on the first day of school to have a eased transition. Thank you again, Mr Lee Bolden, director of Health Services, and to our audience once more of your joint just joining us. We're now in the question and answer segment of our town hall, and we're answering questions that have been posed to the district prior to the Virtual Town Hall this evening. Please feel free to leave additional questions and feedback in the Facebook live Comment box or email us at re entry at C. C s dot K 12 dot n c dot us. We will continue to monitor all of our sites and emails to provide the most up to date. Information will now move on to our next work rooms, which is cool operations. The purpose of the school operations work group was to develop strategies and transportation, child nutrition facilities and scheduling that support plans for re entry for the upcoming school year. The leader is Mr Joe Dez Moreau. Desirable. I'm sorry. Ah, and I practice that. I apologize. He is an associate superintendent of auxiliary services. So at this time, we'll have Mr Joe Desire more. All right, Mr Desire More. Hear your questions. Number one. Will the school system provides, or will you be willing to provide an overview of how safety precautions will be taken into consideration. Ah, such as marks on the floors, hand sanitizer, sneeze guards, PPE and any other related our concerns for safety. I'll be happy to. During the summer, the district has been delivering additional supplies and working with schools on several actions. Plan B is you know, it reduces the number of students in the school to help physical distancing, so the student desk and tables will be arranged to take advantage of physical distance. Most common areas where lines made form will be marked inside and outside for physical distancing, similar to what you see in any store you enter Today. Yeah, hand sanitizer will be available with the main interest is in all classrooms. Physical barriers will be provided at the main reception areas, such as the front desk and media. Sooner Sign in will be provided throughout the school, reminding everyone of the three W's marking directions of pedestrian flow through the school and identifying any other changes in processes to mitigate close contact. And they're probably more actions will likely be added to this list. Thank you, Mr Desire More What cleaning protocols do you have in place in light of the covert 19 pandemic extensive guidance has been provided by the North Carolina Health and Human Services, and that guidance emphasises that current school system cleaning procedures already meet the major needs and preventing the spread of any disease. The new guidance stuff has focused on increasing the frequency of cleaning surfaces that tend to be touched by multiple people because don't know cleaning tasks and procedures are being altered to make sure the proper focus isn't given to the increasing the key task. Pregnancy. Thank you, Mr Desire. More Will the schools be provided PPE for all staff and students? Yes, every student and staff member will be provided with at least five reusable face covers. In addition, cleaning supplies will be provided in the classroom, such as disinfectant sprays or whites, and issues and training will be offered a proper use of PPE. Thank you. Will there be any safety precautions in place for students who ride buses as well as the drivers? Yes. Current guidance for the North Carolina Health and Human Services recommends mask will be required on drivers and students. Lost capacity has been reduced from 72 students to 24. Students will sit one per seat. Siblings will be able to sit together and each bus will be cleaned and disinfected after each use. Thank you, Mr Desire more. Will my child still be able to get meals if he or she is learning remotely? Yes. Students participating in remote destruction will be able to pick up meals at designated times and locations throughout the district. We will expand the curb site services. Faras. Our resource is will go. Thank you. Will you provide an overview of where we are when it comes to athletics and when we may resume and what safety precautions will be in place? The Norco on a High School Athletic Association will establish dates and safety precautions. We know they are actively discussing many options at this time to include everything from those sports to reduce seasons, changing seasons and swapping between spring and fall sports. At this time, no nor coming High School Athletic Association has not made a decision on those dates and changes. Thank you. Your last question for the evening misters are more. If students aren't into blended or virtual learning with us, will they still be able to participate in athletics and other extracurricular activities? Students that often have blended learning or remote learning will be able to participate in athletics and other extra crack curricular activities at their school. Students that up into the virtual school will be able to participate at the school. They wouldn't normally be a scientist. Thank you for your time, Mr Designed more. And in conclusion, are there any other comments or concerns that were not addressed on this evening that you anticipated, or anything else that you would like to address in this moment? Yes. I would like to repeat a little bit of something there. That the It is very important that if you have changed your address this year recently that you get those new addresses into the system that will help significantly before transportation rowdy. In addition, we we ask that all of you please participate in the survey and let us know whether you want to use bus transportation or not. That is very important for us to know. And I'll just repeat. The most important thing everybody needs to be doing out there, of course, is wearing your mask watch from their hands and keeping that social distancing out there. So please focus on all those areas. Thank you. Thank you. That's Mr Joe Desire more our associate superintendent for auxiliary services. As we prepare to move into the last two segments over the last two work groups for this segment of the program. I just want to remind everyone that this segment of our town hall is the question and answer segment, and we are answering questions that have been posed to the district prior to the Virtual Town hall this evening. Please feel free to leave additional questions and and feedback in the Facebook live Comment box or email reentry at ccs dot k 12 dot n c dot us. We will continue to monitor all of our science and e mails to provide the most up to date. Information will now move on to human resource is the purpose of our human resources. Work Group was to develop strategies for staff, health and wellness that support plans for re entry for this upcoming school year. The leader of this work group was Mr Ruben Reyes, associate Superintendent of Human Resource. Is there about three questions and Mr Reyes is going to address on this evening because it's human resource is in this a little bit sensitive. And so there are some hot button issues or topics that we did want him to be able to address, and then more information is forthcoming. Mr. Ray is your first question for this evening. Will teachers that teach face to face instruction receive hazard pay? A teacher's boat of instruction will not impact their their salary rate of pay. Cumberland County schools will continue to follow the North Carolina Public Schools Benefits and Employment Policy Manual and the Federal Families First Corona Virus Response Act regarding the Apple policies on employee pay and Lee Okay, thank you. Your next question, Mr Reyes, will the school system continue using substitute teachers? Yes, The district will continue to utilize subs for our face to face instructional options. Were working with academics team to develop a plan that will ensure coverage for remote virtual learning sessions in the event that a teacher, uh, who's assigned to those courses is absent, were also working to provide very specific training for all of our substitutes to ensure that they are up today on all the specific policies and procedures we haven't placed with regards to safety and PPE and just general school operations. Thank you, Mr Ray is in your final question for this evening. How is the district supporting employees As it prepares to reopen schools today, a couple of county schools will be implementing an employee assistance program. To provide support for employees who may be in need of resource is to help with issues related the work life balance and or social, emotional or mental health concerns that they may have. I believe Dr Lindsay Went Lee, on behalf of Dr Black, noted earlier that we're having ongoing discussions about how to bet best support the child care needs of our staff and trying to provide flexible as well as affordable options for for all staff. The district is also placing a premium employees and students safety through the structure of our return to school slash for return of work programs. So some of the examples that have been covered by other Panelists include of the requirement for all staff visitors and students to wear face coverings, um, and or face Shiels, providing five reusable face coverings for all students and staff, limiting school capacity and just ensuring that we have general safety procedures in place to protect the safety of all of our staff and students. Thank you so much, Mr Is. Are there any additional comments or questions that you would like to address or other concerns that you thought that we would address this evening that you feel are relevant in this moment? Yes, for over Cumberland County school staff members, I'd just be watching. Your emails will be having some communication that will go out that's specific to the return to work program. And as part of that process, one of the questions we've received a lot from teachers have to do with those who have a high risk condition as defined by the CDC and request for possible temporary accommodations. That email will contain a form for staff members to submit those back to your principles or to your immediate supervisors for consideration. We ask that as you receive that communication, if that's something that you would like, consider that you submit those back to your immediate supervisors as soon as possible. That way they could utilize those is they start looking at teacher assignments, whether that be in person or virtual and start looking at also scheduling options for other staff names. Thank you, Mr Reyes. We appreciate your time and your leadership is well in this evening. Ah, that is Mr Rubin Raise. Associate Superintendent of Human Resource is for the human resource is work group and we are nearing the end of our virtual town hall. And if you are just joining us, this is a friendly reminder or this is your first notification and a friendly reminder to those who have been with us this evening. If you have additional questions or feedback, please leave it in the Facebook life Comment box or email us at re entry at ccs dot k 12 dot n c dot us. The questions and answers on this evening for this virtual town hall work questions that were submitted to the district prior to this event. So please take advantage of the Facebook live Comment box or email us at re entry at ccs dot k 12 dot n c dot us will now move into our final workgroup for the evening, and that is communications and community relations. The purpose of the Communications and Community Relations work group was to develop strategies for communicating and combating misinformation that supports plans for re entry for the upcoming school year. The leader of this work group is Mr Lindsay Whitley, the associate superintendent of communications and community engagement. Mr. Lindsay Whitley. How can family stay up to date with the school systems Reentry plans. First of all, thank you to Nick. I just want to say thank you. More than 2000 of you are tuned in right now, and that's a good way to stay connected. So we want to just ask that you remain connected to Cumberland County schools as a work group were trying to really think outside of the box, we have established the reentry website. Please go there. We have so many resource is there to answer your questions about health and safety Protocols were adding frequently asked questions, and we have a lot of details, so please peruse that site. We also need you to make sure that your phone numbers air updated as well as your email addresses and your mobile numbers. If you would like to receive phone calls and text messages from the destry so we appreciate your engagement, Um, thank you continue to remain engaged if you have enjoyed tonight's town home. Let us know in the comments. If you didn't let us know in the comments, let's let us know your thoughts. We want to hear from you. There are a lot of moving parts, but our role is to make sure everything we can do everything within our power to make the communications clear. So please check our website were also adding information to school websites. We're partnering with local media outlets and then we're even placing billboards across the county and even pushing things out on radio. We certainly want you to be a warm. You're making some very important decisions over the next three days, and we want you to be armed with the information and the resource is to make those decisions. So thank you for being connected with Cumberland County schools. Thank you. Mr Lindsay Whitley, who is the leader of the communications work route. He is the associate superintendent of communications and community engagement. At this time, I've just like Teoh, Thank everyone for joining us. And before I turn it back over to Dr Marvin Conley, our superintendent, I would like to just reiterate the different work groups one more time. We have academic services and student support services, consisting of Dr Stacey Wilson Norman, our chief academic officer, and Dr Pamela Adams Watkins, our executive director of Exceptional Children Services. Working with our whole child support group, we have Dr Mary Black, the associate is superintendent of Student Support Services and Mr Lee Bolden, director of health services. We also have our school operations work group headed by Mr Joe Desire More, the associate superintendent of auxiliary services. Human resource is lab by Mr Ruben Reyes, associate superintendent of Human Resource is and finally, communications led by Mr Lindsay Whitley, associate Superintendent of Communications and community engagement. I like to thank each of the leaders for the workgroup for providing the information that you did on this evening and answering those questions from the public as well as our entire Cabinet for your leadership during this time of crisis. At this time, I would like to turn it over for final remarks by Dr Marvin Connolly. Thank you, Miss Williams. And then I appreciate you joining us. It's in and we hope that we have asked your questions and some of your charges. Vinyard. It's not over Syria. I know this is not ideal. Love the right down. Well, let him more than you See all that, dude into millions every day I am. This is the best way to keep everyone safe. Lilies Uncertain time. But he don't. 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