The following a release from Alexander County Schools
Today, Governor Roy Cooper announced that all North Carolina public schools will remain closed for in-person instruction through the end of the school year. Students will not return to the school buildings for instruction this year but will continue remote learning through the remainder of the school year.
As remote learning continues, we ask that students remain engaged to finish the school year strong. The decision to remain closed is for the protection of our students and employees, as well as for public health reasons.
“I am sure this is not the way anyone wanted the 2019-20 school year to end, but given the circumstances, I want to thank Governor Cooper and the staff at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for making the decision and allowing school systems to prepare for closing out the school year,” said Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Hefner. “I want to thank the teachers, administrators, school food service workers, bus drivers, and other school system staff for their hard work in continuing operations despite a variety of challenges in an effort to stay healthy.”
“Also, I would be remiss if I failed to thank our parents and students,” stated Dr. Hefner. “Many of our parents have continued their work and added responsibilities as in-home tutors and teachers while adjusting to the stress of a pandemic, the uncertainty of a continued school year, and possible personal financial struggles. Many students had to learn for the first time without a teacher standing in the classroom. They too have felt the uncertainty of many challenges the pandemic has caused.”
The district will be working on a schedule for students to collect any remaining personal items from the school as well as returning library books, computers, and other school property. Additional information about how the school year will draw to a close, including events such as graduation, will be provided at a later time.