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Dare students go back to school Monday

Dare County Schools Superintendent John Farrelly sent out a list of reminders to school families about school opening Oct. 26, 2020:

– Review the school bell schedules and Returning to School/Work Safely Guide both found at daretolearn.org/about/covid-19-information

– North Carolina Public Schools cannot operate school water fountains, so these will be shut down when students arrive to school on Monday. Farrelly strongly encourages parents and guardians to send a water bottle to school on a daily basis with their children. Several schools have water bottle filling stations, which are accessible. There is a limited supply of extra plastic water bottles at each school.

– The required daily health screening text/email process begins Monday morning starting at 6 a.m. Respond to these three required questions on a daily basis by 7:15 a.m. (before students are on campus). To fill out a preference request, login to PowerSchool Parent Portal to find the appropriate form. For those who have not registered for the health screener process, the primary email address in PowerSchool is being used for the default delivery of the screening survey.

– Remind student(s) to keep their masks on before they board a school bus and when they get to a Dare County Schools campus. Outside mask breaks will be provided at different points in the day and while students eat breakfast and lunch.

– Remind students to wash their hands and/or use hand sanitizer during the day. Teachers will remind students frequently.

– Social distancing is required and will be emphasized throughout the day. Students will be reminded to stay on the right and left sides of school hallways, six feet apart.

“We are very much looking forward to seeing your children back in our schools on Monday. The first couple of weeks will certainly be a transition period in many ways, we appreciate everyone’s patience, flexibility, and collaboration. Please feel free to reach out to your teachers, school principal, or members of our senior leadership team with any questions you may have,” wrote Farrelly.

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