Superintendent Weekly Update

from the desk of ..... Kathy Amos

March 20, 2020

I cannot put into words how appreciative I am to everyone at all levels for the work you are putting into helping all of our students during these unprecedented times. The outpouring support from our School Board Members, County Leadership, Health Department, Emergency Management and the overall community is overwhelming. Our focus continues to be our children. Getting food to them and providing educational resources as we try to continue on as best we can are our top priorities.

Teachers, special areas teachers, and support staff, please take care of yourselves! For the last week and a half, many of us have worked 14-18 hour days. Please pace yourselves and remember to take breaks with your family and friends. The following links are some good advice as we transition to working from home.

Teachers, please remember some students can finish assignments quickly and for others, it takes a few hours. Please try to be mindful of the assignments you are planning. This can also be overwhelming for students.

Also, are you are interacting with your students, please remind them that if they need someone to talk to, they can reach out to the school guidance counselors who are there to assist them with any questions or concerns.

The buses rolling this week were a beacon of hope for many in our community. So many people have sent messages that seeing the buses out and about and kids receiving food, conveyed a sense of pride in our community and helping our neighbors. We served 784 meals to kids on Thursday!

Speaking of, over the next several weeks, please continue to check in on each other. Check on your family, friends and your neighbors. No matter what comes our way, together we can make it through this difficult time.

School Buses Remain on the Roads!!! Watch for Stops!!

While schools are closed to students, yellow school buses remain in operation in many areas of the state, delivering meals and instructional materials to students.

Watch for yellow buses making stops on the road, and follow the school bus stop-arm law that requires each motorist to bring their vehicle to a stop and remain stopped until the red lights are deactivated and the bus begins moving.

Please also watch for adult and child pedestrians traveling during different times of the day than usual. Those same students who would be walking to and from school bus stops when schools are in session may now be walking to school bus stops to receive much needed nutrition and educational support during this state of emergency.

Do your part to keep them safe!

Drive responsibly, avoid distractions and focus on the road, and STOP for school buses!

Wake Forest Baptist Health Facebook Live Provides Great Explanation for NC on COVID-19

Use the link below for important information from Christopher Ohl, M.D., infectious disease expert, as he provides an update on COVID-19 in our region.

Live feed posted on Thursday, March 19, 2020.

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Joint Press Release - Yancey EDC, Yancey County, Town of Burnsville & Yancey Chamber of Commerce

Joint Yancey EDC, Yancey County, Town of Burnsville

& Yancey Chamber of Commerce Press Release


20 March 2020


COVID-19 Business Resources

As our community responds to COVID-19 our staff are monitoring the situation and working to bring you information and resources. Below you will find links to sources of information and resources specifically geared toward our business community as we move forward to deal with this crisis.


Latest information from the Federal Government and prevention tips for individuals and organizations can be found at the Center for Disease Control’s website:

Additional local news, resources, information and prevention tips may be found at Yancey County Government’s website:


In this time of uncertainty, we encourage you to support our local businesses and companies who are most impacted by closures or restrictions.

  • Call ahead to confirm business hours or to verify if hours or services have changed.

  • Consider buying gift cards from local businesses or donating to arts/nonprofits.

  • Support local restaurants by buying gift cards, ordering takeout, etc.

  • Call ahead to local restaurants to inquire about new takeout and delivery options when considering lunch or dinner plans.


Interim guidance for businesses from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, including specific guidelines for restaurants, bars, shopping centers, and public-facing businesses and agencies (including retail, healthcare and office buildings) may be found at the following link:

Additional guidance for businesses and employers may be found from the Center for Disease Control’s website as well at the following link:


The following list of resources are available to businesses in our community who may be negatively impacted by COVID-19 to help address or alleviate funding and/or cash flow concerns.

The US Small Business Administration has announced the implementation of a loan-interest federal disaster loan program for working capital to small businesses suffering from the COVID-19 outbreak. Information on the loan program and other resources available the US SBA can be found at the following link:

Additional low-interest loan opportunities are available through the following lenders for appropriately qualified small businesses:

The May Coalition -

Thread Capital (NC Rural Center) -

Mountain Biz-Works -

Self-Help Credit Union -

Carolina Small Business Development Fund -

NC Community Development Initiative -

Businesses who are interested in further information or assistance in connecting with lending/financial resources at this time are encouraged to contact the following local resources

Jamie L. McMahan, Director, Yancey County Economic Development Commission

(828) 682-7722 –

Ginger Johnson, Director, Yancey County Chamber of Commerce

(828) 682-7413 –

Allen Cook, Director, Mayland Community College Small Business Center

(828) 766-1295 –


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Camp Daniel Boone Offers Summer Employment Opportunity to Teachers!

Camp Daniel Boone, a ScoutsBSA camp located in southern Haywood County has been providing a quality week-long camping experience for youth ages 11-17 from sixteen states for 79 years. The summer of 2020 will be no different!

CDB is looking for staff that can work teaching classes (lesson plans provided). The camp will provide housing, meals, some uniform parts, and competitive pay. Teaching areas are varied with five classes a day with class limits of no more than thirty.

There is the possibility to create job-sharing positions so that one person works 1-3 weeks and still gets some summer weeks off. However, anyone who wants to work the entire summer (all of June and all of July) can certainly do so.

Check out the CDB website at You can access the application here: The job list is on the last page of the application.

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Classroom Spruce Up - $10K Donors Choose Funding Giveaway!


  • Educators enter their DonorsChoose project March 2 - April 3 for a chance to win.

  • During the week of March 30 - April 3, Horace Mann will draw winners and fund at least $2,000 in DonorsChoose projects each day!

If you're educators are new to DonorsChoose or haven't created a project yet, click HERE for some tips to help them get started. Or they can contact their local Horace Mann representative.

Let Horace Mann help your teachers get their project funded! Encourage them to enter the sweepstakes today at:

For Official Rules on this opportunity, click HERE -- NO PURCHASE NECESSARY

The North Carolina Association Of School Administrators (NCASA) Ensuring Student Success Through Visionary Leadership

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2019 myNCRetirement Statements

2019 myNCRetirement Statements

The 2019 myNCRetirement Statement (MRS) is in production and will be available through your secure ORBIT account soon. As a reminder, we store a maximum of two annual statements in your account.

The 2017 myNCRetirement Statement will be permanently removed from your account on March 31, 2020.

If you would like to retain a copy, please log in and download the document for your records.

Notifications will be sent when your new statement is available, so be on the lookout for those announcements.

We encourage you to do a beneficiary check in your ORBIT account. Active employees can designate, update and maintain beneficiaries online in just a few steps. The information or change is immediately confirmed.

If you do not have an ORBIT account, visit and click the Register button. The process is easy and secure, and you will have access to service history, tools, your personalized annual MRS statement and more.