CCS Staff In the Know
Information from District Lead Nurse
On January 1, CCS will begin using the new 10-day quarantine for exposures as recommended by CDC and NC DHHS. However, a large subset of staff and students will continue to utilize the standard 14-day quarantine. A 10-day quarantine can only be used when the person can return to work or school and continue to wear a mask and socially distance consistently. Groups eligible for the two quarantines are explained below.  
Pre-K students under age 5 and some K-12 students do not wear masks, either due to age or mask exceptions, so they will continue with 14-day quarantines for exposure. Some students with behavioral and/ or developmental issues in grades pre-K-12 and students attending school under Plan A (where social distancing will not be possible), will continue with14-day quarantines for exposure. Staff who work with these students, including teachers, TAs, bus drivers, and possibly others will be required to utilize 14-day quarantines because they cannot socially distance from these students due to their job requirements.
Students attending school in Plan B who do not fall into the groups listed above and can reliably maintain social distance will be eligible* for 10-day quarantines for exposure. Staff who do not fall into the groups listed above and are not in close contact with others and can reliably maintain social distance will be eligible* for 10-day quarantines for exposure.
*Eligibility for a 10-day quarantine may be considered on a case-by-case basis by the school nurse providing contact tracing services. The 10-day quarantine may be converted to a 14-day quarantine at the discretion of the school nurse.
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Pacing Support for AP Teachers
New, optional pacing guides provide teachers who were forced off schedule with one way to plan their spring semester and catch up. Aligned to course and exam descriptions, these guides help teachers expose students to the full scope of their course by using the on-demand resources in AP Classroom. Teachers received an email today with links to the guides and a brief video, along with dates for live AP review sessions, airing April 19–30.
Free Resources for Teaching and Learning

In addition to new pacing guides, AP teachers and students still have free resources they can use every day for instruction, practice, and feedback.

Course and exam descriptions (CEDs) detail course expectations, pacing suggestions, and strategies for each AP course.

AP Classroom provides a suite of learning resources, such as formative assessments and AP Daily learning videos aligned to the CED for each course.

Webinars help teachers make the most of what's available.
For teachers to continue to have access to these free resources, they’ll need to complete the AP Course Audit by January 31.
Greetings from NCSciFest HQ!

Thanks to the support of the Biogen Foundation, we are pleased to announce that we are launching a new-and-improved virtual edition of our wildly popular SciMatch program. In April 2021, 100 North Carolina Scientists from all walks of life will share their love of what they do with 100 middle schools across the state!
 
If you’re a middle school teacher interested in having a scientist visit with your students this April, visit ncscifest.org/scimatch for more details and to register.
 
 If you’re a STEM professional interested in developing your scicomm skills and sharing your passion for STEM, go here for more details and to sign up.
 
The deadline to get involved is Sunday, January 31. Sign up now!
 
Best, Erik, Cole and the NCSciFest Team
 
NC Science Festival
Morehead Planetarium and Science Center
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
250 East Franklin Street | Campus Box 3480 Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3480
919-962-3274 | ncscifestschools@unc.edu
 
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