Superintendent Weekly Update

December 18, 2020

I am optimistic that 2021 will bring us renewal, restoration, and rejuvenation. Despite the difficulty in our work this past semester, I thank you for remaining steadfast, focused, and placing kids' needs above our own.

There is no doubt in my mind that YCS is the best school system in the state because of our students, teachers, families, and community. Thank you all for the positive impact you have on students' lives daily.

Please go and enjoy every minute of this needed break with your family and friends.

Merry Christmas and Happy NEW Year to each of you!

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With the rising COVID-19 trends, NCDHHS strongly recommends avoiding holiday travel and limiting contact with people who do not live in your household.

If you do plan to get together with people you don't live with:

  • Get tested 1-3 days before you travel. Get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home for 7 days after travel. Find a testing site near you, including no-cost locations.
  • Keep the gathering outside.
  • Wear a mask at all times unless eating and drinking. Make sure you’re 6 feet away from others if eating or drinking.

Remember that the following the 3 Ws (wearing a mask, waiting 6 feet apart and washing your hands often) are still the best tools to protect our loved ones and ensure our hospitals have the capacity for those that need them.

For detailed holiday guidance, please see the Winter Holidays Guidance Flyer.

Ever wondered how Santa's sleigh works?? Click the pic below!

Registration now open for NCSSM Spring '21 Open Enrollment Courses

MHHS Juniors and Seniors- please talk with your high school guidance counselor if you would like to register for NCSSM classes this spring.

NCSSM's Open Enrollment Program (previously “IVC”) allows N.C. public high school students to take tuition-free, honors-level and AP NCSSM courses via interactive video conferencing, while remaining at their home schools. Open Enrollment courses are live, synchronous courses taught by NCSSM faculty to students in their home schools during the school day. DEEP (NCSSM’s Division of Distance Education and Extended Programs) offers unique courses including Honors Forensic Science!

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Hope4Healers Expands to Serve NC School Employees

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) is expanding the Hope4Healers Helpline (919-226-2002) to serve North Carolina’s teachers, school personnel and their families. With schools opening in-person and remotely across the state under new health and safety procedures, NCDHHS and the NC Psychological Foundation can provide these personnel with mental health and resilience supports through Hope4Healers. Hope4Healers is available 24 hours per day, seven days a week. When teachers, school personnel or family members call the helpline, they will speak to someone who is trained to listen and offer support. They then will be contacted within about a day by a licensed mental health professional for a free, confidential, short-term follow-up by phone or video chat. NCDHHS launched the Hope4Healers Helpline earlier this year, building off the longstanding Hope4NC Helpline (1-855-587-3463) that provides mental health and resilience supports for all North Carolinians.

Click here to read the full press release.

Employees Can Save by Visiting a Clear Pricing Project Provider!

Do your employees know about the Clear Pricing Project, or CPP? The CPP offers them the opportunity to save money when they visit a CPP provider or specialist. As a reminder, CPP providers have agreed to get rid of secret contracts, making health care more affordable and transparent. These providers are in partnership with the Plan, so in an effort to support them, the Plan offers significant copay reductions for employees who visit them.

We’ve signed up hundreds more providers – including specialists – so employees who visit a CPP provider can reduce their health care costs while using State Health Plan benefits. There are now more than 27,000 CPP providers. Providers that recently joined as a CPP provider will be noted as such in the Find a Doctor tool beginning in January.

Under the CPP, if your employees visit the selected CPP Primary Care Provider on their State Health Plan ID card, the office visit will be FREE. Remember, the CPP PCP has to be listed on their ID card to receive the free visit.

If employees visit a CPP specialist, the office visit will be just $47 on the 70/30 Plan, compared with a non-CPP specialist visit for $94, or $40 on the 80/20 Plan, compared with a non-CPP specialist visit for $80. And there are savings available for visiting other providers as well, such as speech therapists, chiropractors and physical therapists.

Employees can change their selected PCP at any time by logging into eBenefits, the Plan’s enrollment system. They can visit and click eBenefits to get started. When an employee changes their selected PCP, they will receive a new ID card within 5-7 business days.

Employees can find a CPP provider by following these steps:

  • Visit the State Health Plan website and click Find a Doctor.
  • Select the appropriate plan – 80/20 or 70/30 – and then select North Carolina State Health Plan.
  • CPP providers will have “Clear Pricing Project Provider” next to their name within the Provider Highlights.

HBRs are encouraged to make sure their employees know about this opportunity to save on their health care costs!