Superintendent Weekly Update
from the desk of Kathy Amos
January 7, 2022
Happy New Year from Superintendent Truitt
"I’m not sure anyone anticipates beginning their journey as state superintendent of K-12 public schools in the midst of a pandemic (and at a point in time when there are no students physically in schools!) but this was the starting point for us one year ago. In January 2021, there were many hurdles to overcome and unexpected bridges to cross, but I think about how far we have come since then, and I am filled with gratitude and hope."
Congratulations to the Lady Cougars - Winners of the 2021 Swain Christmas Basketball Tournament
NCCAT Upcoming Free Professional Development Opportunities
The North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT) provides free professional development to NC educators in residential, online, virtual, school, and regional settings. NCCAT's professional learning is designed to help participants gain knowledge and skills to support student learning. Make plans today to join for timely, research-based professional development!
Spring registration is open now. Click here for more information.
NC Eases School COVID Quarantine Rules, Especially For Districts That Require Masks
Last week, the state Department of Health and Human Services shortened quarantine times in all schools for students who’ve been exposed to COVID-19 or who test positive for the virus. The changes match reduced quarantine times recommended by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “The periods of isolation and quarantine have been reduced, and I know that all of our schools and all of our people are grateful for that,” Dr. Betsey Tilson, the state health director, said at Thursday’s State Board of Education meeting. On Thursday, Tilson also presented a new option that would only apply to school districts that require face masks. In those districts, unvaccinated and not fully vaccinated students who’ve been exposed to COVID-19 can stay in school as long as they don’t have the virus. The state board voted Thursday to approve the shorter quarantine times and the expanded test-to-stay option.
NOTE: NCDHHS plans to release a further updated version of the StrongSchoolsNC Toolkit on Friday, January 7.