Dr. Melvin C. Swann Middle School


Frequently Asked Questions

Our goal as Swann Lions' our goal for reopening our schools is to serve the most students for the greatest amount of time possible while keeping students and staff healthy and safe. While we are eager to welcome students back to our classrooms, the health and safety for students and staff must come first. Please note that information contained in this FAQ is subject to change as new information, data or state directives become available.

Why is GCS starting school on August 17 instead of August 24 as originally planned?

A new state law passed this spring mandates that all North Carolina public schools start on Monday, August 17. The new state law also added five instructional days for students; the new student days replace five teacher workdays/professional learning days.

How many weeks of remote instruction is GCS planning?

Students will learn remotely for nine weeks (the first quarter). Pending a review of public health data, GCS will reopen on Tuesday, October 20, following the plan approved by the school board.

What if I don’t feel comfortable sending my child back to school when schools reopen for in-person learning?

Parents/guardians of currently enrolled GCS students may apply for a transfer to the appropriate virtual academy. The deadline for enrollment/registration has been extended to Tuesday, September 15.

What will remote learning look like?

During the first few weeks,

  • Students will access pre-recorded content
  • School staff will also make sure students/guardians understand the health protocols that will be place when schools reopen for in-person instruction.
  • Live, online instruction, virtual small group sessions and individual check-ins with students/guardians will start after Labor Day, on Tuesday, Sep. 8.

How will remote learning be different than the 2019-20 school year?

  • Teachers will provide feedback on submitted assignments and students will receive grades, pending any new direction from state officials.
  • We anticipate that remote instruction will be better this fall, but we don’t expect it to be perfect.
  • Swann will provide a suggested live instruction schedule for students and families.

When students return to Swann, will SMOD (standard mode of dress) be required?

To help ease the stress of the many changes for the 2020-21 school year, we will not be enforcing SMOD this school year. However, students are required to follow the GCS dress code.

What if I transfer my child to the virtual academy and find out it’s not a good fit?

Students will be able to transfer back to their assigned schools at the semester break or the end of the school year. The district will hold students’ magnet seats for one year only.

Will my child receive a school schedule?

Yes, schedule will be mailed according to the address listed in on Power School before August 17th.

What school supplies will my student need?

Student supplies will be similar to the general needs of face to face instruction, however it may vary per teacher or per content. General supplies such as paper, pencil, pens, highlighter, etc.

How can I cancel a virtual learning application (e-learning academy)?

To cancel your application, you must email the student assignment office at studentassignment@gcsnc.com to formally request cancellation of the application.

How can I receive a device for my child?

Please use the following survey link to request a device for your child for remote learning: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XTTGBQM.

Once we receive a device for your child, we will contact you.

Tdap and MCV Vaccinations

Whether children are home-schooled, attend school in-person or by remote learning, they are required by state law to be immunized based on their age for certain vaccinations as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). All 7th graders will be required to provide documentation of Tdap and MCV vaccinations. This year, the 30-day ‘grace period’ for all students will begin on October 1, 2020.