Superintendent Weekly Update

from the desk of ..... Kathy Amos

April 30, 2021

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Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

This year our teacher appreciation week takes on a whole new meaning in our school district and community. During the pandemic you worked through the turmoil and strife to meet the needs of our students. You worked around the clock, taught seated and remote students, fought COVID in your families, checked on your neighbors and made personal sacrifices to help others through the health crisis.

I spoke with many of you throughout the year and there were many times you considered changing professions or retiring early due to the stress and pressure. I cannot thank you enough for holding on to making a difference in our children's lives everyday.

Thank you for staying positive, rolling up your sleeves, and focusing on the students above all else. True hard working professional educators and I love each of you for what you do everyday!

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Appreciation for our Assistant Principals and Principals

Our administrative teams have endured one of the most difficult years in the history of public education. The constant changing of gears was difficult in building any consistency throughout the school year. You have worked to keep spirits up on your campuses when our employees were struggling and hurting. You worked with students and families to give them hope in some of their darkest hours. Our principals and assistant principals lead the way to make the transitions smooth and campus safe for our students, faculty and staff. Thank you for your patience, dedication, and sacrifices each of you have made throughout this entire school year. You are our mighty school principals and assistant principals and we love and appreciate you!

Assistant Principals' Week was the week of Spring Break this year!

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Appreciation of Our School Nurses

Our team of school nurses is the best in the land! You rose to the occasion when we needed you the most. You lead the way in health screenings, interpreting NC DHHS guidelines and comforting children and families when they were infected with this awful virus. You are our dynamic school nurses and we love you!
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Appreciation of Our Child Nutrition Workers

Oh my! Do I smell rolls, can I have more dressing and gravy, can I taste that slaw??? You awesome ladies keep us healthy and fed. You make sure the kids have nutritious meals every day. We serve over 1,400 meals a day in our schools with a smile and a kind word. The kids love you and we do too!
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When can schools lift mask restrictions when outdoors?

NCDHHS is working to update all state guidance, including the StrongSchoolsNC Toolkit, in alignment with Governor Cooper’s updated executive order that will lift mask requirements when outside beginning Friday, April 30th. The Toolkit should be updated in accordance with the updated executive order by Tuesday of next week, May 4th. Schools may lift mask restrictions when outdoors beginning tomorrow, April 30 when Executive Order 209 takes effect.

See the text below for the updated masking requirements for schools outlined in the executive order.

2.1.Face Coverings Required In Public Places, Indoors Only.

The undersigned enacts the following restriction on the movement of people in public places and restriction on the operation of offices, business establishments, schools, and other places where people may travel or congregate: for any place outside the home or living accommodations, including but not limited to businesses, schools, and other establishments and spaces, Face Coverings must be worn indoors if anyone else is in that space who is not a member of the same household.

These requirements shall apply to all people at least five (5) years old, unless an exception applies. These requirements are recommended for all people over the age of two (2) years old.

2.8 Schools.

In all public school units, as defined by N.C. Gen. Stat. § 1 l 5C-5(7a), and all nonpublic schools covered by Article 39 of Chapter l 15C of the General Statutes, all workers, teachers, Guests, other adults and children five (5) years or older must wear Face Coverings when indoors, at all times, unless an exception applies.

Mountain Heritage High School FFA Flower & Plant Sale

Plant sale will be held on Saturday May 8th. From 8:00am till 3:00pm. There will be limited customers allowed in the greenhouse at a time and masks and social distancing will be required. We have lots of bedding plants, vegetables, and hanging baskets.
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