Onslow County Schools continue classes as scheduled


JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Onslow County School leaders are putting new restrictions on the use of school buildings because of coronavirus.

During an emergency meeting Friday morning, the school board is allowing before and after school child care to continue. Members are cancelling extracurricular activities.

Outside organizations can hold pre-scheduled events at schools, but the district is asking those groups to limit the size of gatherings. ​They’ll also have to pay a fee for disinfecting the rooms used.

“In the facility’s usage agreement, it specifies what areas of the school they can use, if it’s auditorium, or the auditorium and the lobby, or a classroom wing, classroom space, all that is set out​ in the usage agreement,” said Brent Anderson, Chief Communications Officer.

The board is not booking any new rentals at this time.

Board members stated classes will continue as scheduled.

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Onslow County Schools is monitoring information from the CDC and working with the Onslow County Health Department (OCHD) on COVID-19, which is also known as the coronavirus.

OCS officials said that current guidance from OCHD indicates there is no need to close schools.

District staff are communicating regularly with OCHD and will continue to monitor and make decisions as they are needed.

OCS will be taking the following proactive measures:

Effective Friday at 11:59 p.m., until further notice:
• All school-sponsored student field trips are canceled.
• All school-sponsored out-of-county staff travel is canceled.
• All extra-curricular activities are canceled.

OCS will follow today’s directive from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association regarding high school athletics.

All spring sporting events will be suspended beginning Friday at 11:59 p.m. through April 6.

All Onslow County middle school athletic events are suspended for that period of time as well.

This includes all workouts, skills developments, practices, and contests.

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