Superintendent Weekly Update

from the desk of Kathy Amos

May 13, 2022

We want to congratulate all of our students at all levels for their hard work and efforts this school year. We wish each of you the very best as you prepare for your EOGs and EOCs.

We look forward to celebrating with the Class of 2022 over the next several weeks.

NC Scholars Night!

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Money Raised By Lottery Helps Meet Critical Need For New Schools

Yancey County Schools received some great news from the NC Department of Public Instruction at the end of April, they received $6,693,944.00 for renovations and repairs for East Yancey Middle School and South Toe Elementary.

Construction work will begin soon in 28 communities across our great state to build new schools, add classrooms, new gyms, and new auditoriums, as well as renovate and repair older school buildings to the tune of $395 million raised by the lottery.

In all, 28 counties will receive money to complete 42 projects as announced May 3 by the state Department of Public Instruction. The projects include:

  • 14 new schools
  • 18 renovation or repair projects
  • 9 projects featuring additional classrooms, new gymnasiums, or new auditorium

The money comes from one of the state’s school construction programs, the Needs-Based Public School Capital Fund. The program, funded solely by money raised by the lottery, is designed to help meet the critical needs for new schools and classrooms in North Carolina.

Support for school construction has been part of the lottery’s mission since it started in 2006.

“These grants represent the latest and largest investment of lottery funds for school construction so far,” said Mark Michalko, executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery. “Our state Department of Public Instruction, working in partnership with counties and local school systems, is putting this money to work for a great cause. We look forward to seeing all these new schools opening soon.”

You can see a list of those 28 school systems and the 42 projects funded by clicking here.

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Healthful Living Standards Revision Survey / Data Review Committee

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Healthy Schools team is seeking input on the current K-12 Healthful Living Standards from educators, administrators, parents, students, institutions of higher education, business/industry representatives, national organizations, and other education agencies.

This survey is being shared to gather thoughtful input and comments from stakeholders familiar with the Healthful Living Standard Course of Study in order to inform revision decisions, which may include changes, clarifications, additions, deletions, or replacements to the current standards.

This survey is estimated to take about 10 to 20 minutes to complete, depending on how many grades you choose to review and will remain open until July 7, 2022.

We thank you for your time and input. Your feedback is extremely valuable to the Healthful Living standards revision process. In addition to this survey, there will be several additional opportunities for you to provide feedback on the standards throughout the revision process.

NCDPI Health Education Stakeholder Standard-by-Standard Survey

NCDPI Physical Education Stakeholder Standard-by-Standard Survey

The NCDPI Healthy School Team is excited to share an opportunity for interested educators and community partners to participate in the K-12 Healthful Living Standards review process by serving on the Data Review Committee (DRC). The goal of this committee is to review data and trends on the current Healthful Living Standard Course of Study along with feedback collected from interviews, focus groups, and survey responses from stakeholders. The DRC will analyze this data to make recommendations for a separate Standards Writing Team (SWT) to consider.

NCDPI is seeking applications from a range of stakeholders with experience in reviewing and compiling data including K-12 educators from all grade levels, content areas, and resource specialists. Equally important are school/district leaders, educators from institutions of higher education, and business and community leaders.

Please use the links below to apply. The application window will remain open until June 9, 2022

NCDPI Health Education DRC Application

NCDPI Physical Education DRC Application

Burt Jenkins (he/him)
Healthful Living / Athletics Consultant
Division of Academic Standards
NC Department of Public Instruction

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North Carolina Approved to Extend Child Care P-EBT Food Assistance Benefits Through 2021-22 School Year, First Issuance Scheduled for Next Week

Next week, North Carolina’s youngest children who are eligible for food assistance benefits will begin to receive extra monthly benefits tied to the COVID-19 pandemic for the 2021-2022 school year. North Carolina is among the first states in the nation to receive approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a 2021-2022 Child Care Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer food assistance program.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services will issue the first round of Child Care P-EBT benefits next week for nearly 220,000 children who were eligible during September and October 2021. These benefits will continue to be issued monthly through August 2022, covering food needs for children who were eligible from September 2021 to May 2022. Children are eligible if they were 5 years old or younger as of Sept. 1, 2021 and participated in Food and Nutrition Services (FNS).

"The P-EBT program helps to ensure our youngest children have access to nutritious food that is essential to their growth, development and well-being," said NCDHHS Chief Deputy Secretary Susan Gale Perry. "These extra benefits will help families increase their food budgets and protect the health and well-being of young children."

Families do not need to take action to receive these additional benefits, and there is no application for this program. Families can expect to receive benefits on their existing FNS EBT cards. In addition, they can review whether their children are eligible for this program by using the online eligibility flowchart Spanish version. Families are also encouraged to ensure their mailing addresses are up to date with their local county department of social services to receive notices.

Additional rounds of benefits will be issued monthly through August 2022. Children eligible for Child Care P-EBT will receive a monthly benefit amount set by NCDHHS using USDA guidelines. All eligible children statewide will receive the same amount; however, this amount may change monthly. The benefit amount for each Child Care P-EBT issuance and the schedule will be posted on the P-EBT websiteNorth Carolina was one of the first states to launch P-EBT for children in K-12 schools and child care settings early in the pandemic. To date, this federally funded program has provided more than $1.76 billion in groceries to more than 1.36 million children at risk of hunger because of decreased school and child care center attendance due to pandemic-related circumstances.

For more information on P-EBT, visit the updated P-EBT websiteand NCDHHS’s P-EBT Frequently Asked Questions.
North Carolinians interested in applying for FNS benefits may apply online hereor through your local county department of social services.

La próxima semana, los niños más pequeños de Carolina del Norte que son elegibles para los beneficios de asistencia alimentaria comenzarán a recibir beneficios mensuales adicionales vinculados a la pandemia COVID-19 para el año escolar 2021-2022. Carolina del Norte es uno de los primeros estados de la nación en recibir la aprobación del Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos para el programa de asistencia alimentaria de Transferencia Electrónica de Beneficios Pandémico de Cuidado Infantil 2021-2022.

El Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos de Carolina del Norte emitirá la primera ronda de beneficios de P-EBT de Cuidado infantil la próxima semana a casi 220,000 niños que fueron elegibles durante septiembre y octubre de 2021. Estos beneficios continuarán emitiéndose mensualmente hasta agosto de 2022, cubriendo las necesidades de alimentos para los niños que fueron elegibles desde septiembre de 2021 hasta mayo de 2022. Los niños son elegibles si tenían 5 años o menos a partir del 1 septiembre de 2021 y participaron en Servicios de Alimentación y Nutrición (FNS).

"El programa P-EBT ayuda a garantizar que nuestros niños más pequeños tengan acceso a alimentos nutritivos que son esenciales para su crecimiento, desarrollo y bienestar", dijo la Subsecretaria Principal del NCDHHS, Susan Gale Perry. "Estos beneficios adicionales ayudarán a las familias a aumentar sus presupuestos de alimentos y proteger la salud y el bienestar de los niños pequeños".

Las familias no necesitan tomar medidas para recibir estos beneficios adicionales, y no hay solicitud para este programa. Las familias pueden esperar recibir beneficios en sus tarjetas FNS EBT existentes. Además, pueden revisar si sus hijos son elegibles para este programa utilizando el diagrama de flujo de elegibilidad en línea (versión en español) También se alienta a las familias a que se aseguren de que sus direcciones de correo estén actualizadas con el departamento de servicios sociales de su condado local para recibir notificaciones.

Las rondas adicionales de beneficios se emitirán mensualmente hasta agosto de 2022. Los niños elegibles para P-EBT de Cuidado infantil recibirán una cantidad de beneficio mensual establecida por NCDHHS utilizando las pautas del USDA. Todos los niños elegibles en el estado recibirán la misma cantidad; sin embargo, esta cantidad puede cambiar mensualmente. El monto del beneficio por cada emisión de P-EBT de Cuidado infantil y el cronograma se publicarán en el sitio web de P-EBT.Carolina del Norte fue uno de los primeros estados en lanzar P-EBT para niños en escuelas K-12 y en entornos de cuidado infantil al principio de la pandemia. Hasta la fecha, este programa financiado con fondos federales ha proporcionado más de $1.760 millones en comestibles a más de 1.36 millones de niños en riesgo de hambre debido a la disminución de la asistencia a la escuela y al centro de cuidado infantil debido a circunstancias relacionadas con la pandemia.

Para obtener más información sobre P-EBT visite el sitio web actualizado de P-EBT y P-EBT de NCDHHS Preguntas frecuentes.os habitantes de Carolina del Norte interesados en solicitar los beneficios de FNS pueden solicitar en línea aquí a través de su departamento local de servicios sociales del condado.

Yancey County Schools

In compliance with federal laws, the Yancey County School System administers all educational programs, employment activities and admissions without discrimination because of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, color, age, military service, disability, or gender, except where exemption is appropriate and allowed by law. For questions or concerns, contact Margie Stebbeds at 828-682-6101 ext 120.