|What we can do now:
|What was removed:
|Importance of in-person learning
|Plans A, B, and C
|Have visitors in our buildings
|Remote learning environment (only certain circumstances)
|Go on field trips
|Daily symptom screening
|Keeping students in small cohorts
|Eat in the cafeteria
Resignation(s) and/or Retirement(s)
Recommendation of Administrative Personnel
On a motion by Mrs. Huffman, seconded by Mr. Walker and duly carried, Exceptional Children’s Department Interagency Agreement for Blue Ridge Opportunity Commission, Inc. was approved as presented. We have a longstanding relationship with BROC Head Start programs in meeting the needs of our preschool children.
On a motion by Mrs. Caudill, seconded by Mrs. Huffman and duly carried, The Exceptional Children’s Department Cooperative Memorandum of Understanding for Watauga Opportunities, Inc. was approved as presented. Watauga Opportunities, Inc. will provide pre-employment transition services to students at West Wilkes and North Wilkes High Schools. Watauga Opportunities, Inc. will work closely with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation to provide students with disabilities the services needed for pre-employment transitions. This agency has a positive history of providing quality services for clients.
On a motion by Mrs. Caudill, seconded by Mr. Walker and duly carried, the Mental Health Training Program was approved as presented. This contact is for expanding those services and providing educational and consultation services to school administrators, instructional support staff, and teachers. The Mental Health Training Program is required by North Carolina SL-2020-7 and State Board of Education Policy SHLT-003. All licensed staff and others who directly serve students as designated by the LEA will complete this training program during the 2021-2022 school year. A minimum of six hours of training is required initially, with subsequent annual two-hour training. This plan complies with the state law and the North Carolina State Board of Education policy.
On a motion by Mrs. Huffman, seconded by Mrs. Caudill and duly carried, the Memorandum of Understanding with Department of Social Services (DSS) was approved as presented. In 2009, Wilkes County Schools and the Department of Social Services (DSS) worked collaboratively to create a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to improve communication and services to children in our community. The memorandum is reviewed each year with principals and the DSS administrative staff.
On a motion by Mrs. Huffman, seconded by Mrs. Caudill and duly carried, the WCS Return to School Plan was approved as presented. At this time, WCS will follow all mitigation strategies outlined in the StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit (See Attachment One) to the best of our ability, but make the wearing of masks or facial coverings optional for everyone in the school system as long as the county threshold of positive cases for school age students stays below recommended levels. Should these levels be exceeded, upon advice from Wilkes County Health Director Mrs. Willard, this decision would need to be revaluated.
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