CCS Families In the Know
It was a great first week back to school under Plan B. Our students did a wonderful job following the new safety protocols. A few reminders throughout the day but overall everyone did an exceptional job wearing their masks, social distancing, and washing their hands.
We have incorporated two 15 minute mask breaks during the school day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Students will also be able to take off their mask while enjoying breakfast and lunch.
COVID 19 Communication Protocol and Dashboard
As part of our communication process related to positive COVID-19 cases, Craven County Schools will be updating a district dashboard to display the number of NEW positive cases three times a week. This information will be posted on the district website every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 5:00 pm. In an effort to protect the confidentiality of our staff and students we will not release the name of the school.The dashboard is located at:
www.cravenk12.org
Do you have questions about when and how to Quarantine?
Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department.
Please review this resource provided by the
Immunization Extension Deadline Approaching for Families with a Student(s) in Kindergarten, 7th, and 12th Grade and
Any New Students to Craven County Schools

Governor Cooper issued Executive Order 156 extending deadlines for certain health assessments and immunizations requirements due to impacts of the pandemic. The emergency conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic have made it difficult for many families to get all required immunizations on a timely basis. The Immunization Extension has provided families with several additional weeks to obtain the immunizations that are required for students by October 30, 2020.

The extension does not waive North Carolina’s current proof-of-immunization requirement deadlines for students enrolled in K-12 schools as well as the deadline for each child entering a North Carolina public school for the first time to submit a school health assessment. The deadline for health assessments will also be October 30, 2020.

The immunization requirements apply to all children in North Carolina, regardless of the type of school setting, whether children attend school in-person or by remote learning, they are required by state law to be immunized based on their age for certain vaccinations as recommended by the CDC. For a list of these vaccinations, including the new vaccine requirement for students who entered 12th grade on or after August 1, 2020, please visit the NC Department of Health and Human Services website at: https://www.immunize.nc.gov/schools/k-12.htm

The state of North Carolina does offer 2 types of exemptions for immunizations: 1.) Medical and 2.) Religious. To learn more visit: https://www.immunize.nc.gov/schools/ncexemptions.htm

If you have any questions, please contact your child's school nurse.
Information from School Nutrition-Meals are Available on
Remote Learning Days

Just announced last week in North Carolina: FREE school meals have now been extended through the end of the school year (June 30, 2021).

Now that we have transitioned back to school for in-person learning for our students following plan B, we do have the ability for students to take meals home for the days they will be at home participating in remote learning. For elementary students this will be 3 meals and for middle/high school students it will be 4 meals. If your child is not interested in bringing home the meals please complete the meal-opt out form located on our website.
During remote learning days and for students participating in Craven LIVE, meals are still available for pick up at each school site from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and at our community hub sites.
To view the meal menus please visit: https://family.titank12.com
Countdown to College
By: Toni Blount, District Coordinator of College Advising and Scholarships


The month of October brings color changes in the beautiful NC trees, pumpkin patches and Mumfest but it also brings a college initiative to North Carolina and Craven County entitled, NC Countdown to College (C2C). North Carolina C2C is a statewide initiative to encourage students to complete three major steps in the college process: Residency Determination Service (RDS), college admissions, and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Whether a student is exploring a 2 year community or technical college or a 4 year university, these three steps are critical to begin the college admissions and scholarship process.

April Query, CFNC Regional & Community Services Manager, says, “Multiple organizations work closely together in North Carolina to bring our students resources all month long, including College Application Week October 19-30, when many colleges across the state waive their application fees. This year we are also offering virtual live help sessions. This is vital, as schools are in different Plan A, B, and C steps across the state; we want to make sure everyone receives assistance.”

Each high school is Craven County Schools is hosting virtual meetings with seniors and their families to plan their post-secondary steps; whether that is 2 or 4 year college, military or career. Group events have also been helpful to our school community on topics such as college planning, admissions steps, scholarships and financial aid. Students have access to local scholarships through student or parent employers, faith-based organizations, service organizations, insurance companies, electric providers and credit unions to name a few. The recording and slide deck for each of those sessions is located on the Craven County School’s College Advising and Scholarships webpage.
Additionally, the CFNC Pay for College tab offers 100 scholarships to NC students that plan to attend either a 2 or 4 year college.

Susie Games, Executive Director of Financial Aid at Craven Community College, presented at the virtual high school sessions, “We are happy to help students and their parents complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). We know that students may have unusual situations and some questions may be difficult to answer. Therefore, we can help virtually or in person with social distancing guidelines,"

Craven Community College is a partner to us in the school district with this endeavor. Zomar Peter, Dean of Student Services at Craven Community College adds, “CCC is providing virtual meeting rooms where advisors are prepared to answer questions about admissions, advising, or financial aid. Visit this link for a virtual appointment: http://cravencc.edu/admissions/

NC Countdown to College in October emphasizes a 4 week planning suggestion:
Week 1: Imagine Your Future: activate or update the student CFNC account, career, programs and college major exploration, create an FSA ID and password for federal student aid for the student and parent
Week 2: Prepare to Apply: Complete the FAFSA and Residency Determination online, make the college list and complete the items needed for the applications, and see the high school counselor for fee waivers or recommendations
Week 3: Complete the applications on CFNC (for a full list of the FREE applications from 10/19/20-10/30/20, see CFNC.org)
Week 4: Finish all applications, send the student transcript through the CFNC transcript manager, and begin searching/applying for scholarships.

Amy Denton, CFNC Regional Representative shares, “I’m honored to serve the 252 area code region and work with such great school counselors and educators to ensure our students who seek further education beyond high school can fulfill their dreams. No student should be left behind, pandemic or no pandemic, so this month we hope to lighten the load for families and possibly ease their financial hardships by offering students the opportunity to apply to college for free to 100 of our 111 colleges and universities in North Carolina.”
 
All of these resources, how to videos, and calendar events are located on cfnc.org/C2C. Each high school in Craven County Schools has been advertising this month-long event with seniors and parents in the Class of 2021. Students and parents should contact the high school counselors for exact information on acquiring a virtual appointment.

CFNC offers all services and website conversion to Spanish. The Spanish Services representative is Juana Hernandez and her email is Juana.hernandez@cfi.org. Please visit CFNC.org/C2C or the Craven County Schools website, College Advising and Scholarships at https://www.cravenk12.org/domain/3352 for more information. Toni Blount, Craven County School’s District Coordinator of College Advising and Scholarships can be reached at 252-524-8553 or toni.blount@cravenk12.org.

The Governor's School Selection Committee of Craven County Schools requests the application of interested 11th grade students and select 10th grade students (instrumental music, dance and choral music)

 Interested students should submit their application to the high school counselor below by October 30, 2020

For more information and access to the student application and recommendation form, please go to www.ncgovschool.org. Specific directions on completing the application should be obtained through the high school counselor.
Are you interested in a career with Craven County Schools?

  • Do you enjoy working with children?
  • Do you have great people skills?
  • Do you enjoy driving?
  • Do you care about the safety of children?
  • Do you want a flexible schedule?
If you answered yes to all of the above then you will be a great BUS DRIVER for our school system! If you currently have your CDL License please contact our transportation department at 252-514-6377.
For those interested in obtaining your CDL License, Craven County Schools will be offering a bus class November 16-18th.
To learn more and complete an application visit:
http://bit.ly/CCS_JobBoard
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