First Flight High closed for sanitizing

By on October 21, 2020

Move comes after possible COVID exposure

First Flight High School

First Flight High School closed mid-morning on Oct. 21 so that the building could be fully sanitized, the Dare County Schools has confirmed. Teachers, who were at school for a scheduled teacher workday to prepare for the Oct. 26 opening of school, were sent home shortly after 10 a.m. Sports practices and other scheduled events for Oct. 21, such as the distribution of parking passes, were also cancelled.

Dare County Schools Digital Communications Director Keith Parker told the Voice that there have been no confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 at the school, but that the district was using an “abundance of caution” by fully sanitizing the building with a high-powered Clorox 360 device, which can clean the entire building within an hour.

In a statement just released on the today’s action, the school district added that although there are no confirmed cases, “we may have a stakeholder who may have been exposed and was on campus.”

The building also closed for sanitization on Monday, Oct. 19, with all sports practices cancelled on that day as well. On Tuesday, students were in and out of the building during the day to pick up parking passes as well as senior packets.

“We are doing everything in our power to provide a safe and healthy work environment for our staff,” said Parker. He added that the school will open again on Thursday, Oct. 22 to staff.

The First Flight Official Fan Page on Oct. 21 also noted that distribution of parking passes will resume on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for juniors and seniors.



Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: Roofing

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).



  • Johnny

    Imagine when the kids arrive……….
    Imagine when one
    Never mind
    Hope they thought this thru

    Wednesday, Oct 21 @ 1:08 pm
  • Why risk it

    So a school has already been shut down prior to students even returning?

    With county and state cases rising, what is the metric moving forward?

    Will they shut down a specific school in the event of possible exposure of a student or staff member? Am I really expected to trust a parent DESPERATE to have their student(s) back in school to be honest in 3 health screening questions? Is the school board discontinuing the practice of having students from elementary, middle and high school all on the same bus to limit the spread between multiple schools?

    Who knows as the school board is taking excessive time in answering parent questions. I understand that a lot of them are up for re-election, but they made this decision REALLY quickly, obviously without a plan, and they NEED to be available to answer questions on the decision they recently made over re-election efforts.

    I have no idea as a parent if my student will have the same teachers when they return on Monday (the next school day at this point). There is literally no information or support in place. And ZERO plan for student orientation transitioning to a new school. An SGA member will be available to show my student their first period class…what about their other classes??? Who will show them their locker or give them their locker combo? Are students allowed to take backpacks to each class to limit time spent in hallways between classes? Who knows??

    As a parent of a student I have ZERO information about any of this. And as the family member / friend of multiple teachers & DCS staff I can confidently report they have ZERO information either.

    What is the schedule for the days 6-12 are remote? Are those days syncronous or asynchronous? If my student stays remote, what is the daily schedule?

    DCS is returning to in person learning literally without a plan. Disaster waiting to happen…

    Wednesday, Oct 21 @ 11:15 pm