DCS surveys parents on 6-12 classroom options

By on March 25, 2021

(Dare County Schools)

In advance of a key Dare County Board of Education meeting next week, the Dare County Schools are surveying parents about options for potentially bringing more students back to middle school and high school classrooms.

In a March 25 email to DCS families, Superintendent John Farrelly wrote:

“The Dare County Board of Education is meeting on Thursday, April 1 at 12:30 pm. The meeting will be live streamed online from FFHS via YouTube. The Board will discuss the current instructional program operations and the new mandates required by law in Senate Bill 220. In addition, the Board will consider revised federal health officials guidance related to social distancing in schools.

Enclosed in this email is a survey for 6-12 parents/guardians. The intent of this survey is to get 6-12 parent/guardian feedback on the potential of Plan A options to share with the Dare County Board of Education. Your input will help district and school teams most effectively plan.

A reminder that school districts can currently choose Plan A or B for 6-12 as mandated by the State of North Carolina. The option for parents to choose a virtual option remains.

Currently, Dare County elementary schools, under Plan A, are open for in-person learning Monday through Thursday.  Grades 6-12 are on a Plan B hybrid schedule, with one cohort attending Mondays and Tuesdays and the second on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Fridays are dedicated to at-home independent learning for all grade levels.

During a March 9 meeting of the Dare County Board of Education, Farrelly raised the idea that social distancing requirements for Grades 6-12 might be shortened from six feet to three feet, something could pave the way for schools to increase classroom time for those students.

On March 19, the CDC revised its social distancing guidelines for schools, saying students in Grades 6-12 would now need to be separated by no more than three feet if mask use is universal and in communities where transmission of the COVID virus is “low, moderate, or substantial,” but not “high.”








  • Julie

    Time to open the schools 5 days a week and bring all students back to the classroom, no 4 day work weeks disguised as catch up days etc. Polling the parents is not essential for the Board and the Superintendent to make educational decisions. The job of the Board and the Superintendent is to provide an education for students and the research shows that direct instruction far exceeds virtual instruction. If parents want a virtual education for their child then sign up for Virtual School. Students in Dare County are going to lag behind for years. The talk is going to be how are we going to catch our students up.. the solution will be throw money at it , extended school year and hiring additional personnel. Open the schools 5 days a week!

    Friday, Mar 26 @ 8:27 am
  • Sarah

    It’s ludacris to even consider changing the schedule again for these students. They’ve had enough inconsistency this year, and the schedule they are on now appears to be working well. The one school board member who views elementary schools as babysitting services should be satisfied that elementary students are back. Let these students settle into the routine y’all just changed a few weeks ago.

    Why is it that all anyone has ever said about children and students pre- COVID is that they are resilient, and now all of the sudden things are dire and permanent? Common mass shootings at schools… students are resilient. Having to close schools during flu outbreaks in the past…kids are resilient. Ridiculous numbers of female students being sent home for having part of a shoulder showing…or my favorite, wearing the school swim team uniform swim suit to a swim meet…kids are resilient and they’ll catch up on the work they missed. I feel like Dare County Schools have done a great job this school year in their plan to keep moving students forward academically. Yes, there are students who don’t relate well to online learning. But there are also students pre- COVID who did not relate well to in person learning. How about we celebrate the kids that haven’t committed suicide this year because they aren’t relentlessly bullied at school every day. Let’s celebrate the girls who weren’t sexually assaulted in the English Hall bathroom this year. NOTHING ever works for 100% of each and every child in a community. But inconsistency is damaging to all students. Let them settle into this routine and finish the very little amount of time left in this school year as healthy as possible.

    Friday, Mar 26 @ 7:46 pm
  • Sandman

    Or get them back to school like the CDC said was ok MONTHS AGO maybe? Many of these kids are suffering from a loss of face to face learning. Not all kids, or adults for that matter, are distance learners. My daughter is one of those students; why does she have to suffer and learn less when the CDC fully recommends reopening schools? Teachers need to get back to the classroom and work. In other states they’re being prioritized for vaccinations and still refusing to go back to work. How is that ok? That mentality is what’s causing this in the first place. If you don’t want you’re child to attend school that’s fine but don’t punish my kids and presume to think you know what is best for them. The majority of teachers I have spoken to personally totally understand the damage being done but there’s always some bleeding heart out there saying “what about the children” while messing up their education with nonsense disguised as some virtue they probably don’t even have to make themselves feel superior.

    Monday, Mar 29 @ 7:30 pm
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