Students and staff in Jones County have been out of school for weeks. Nearly 400 students will need to be placed in other schools due to damage. Monday night’s meeting with members of the Board of Education announced their plan to get class back in session.
Jones County leaders are working to get back on track.
Dr. Michael Bracy is the Superintendent for Jones County schools and says their situation is unique. And also adds, hundreds of students from Jones Middle and Trenton Elementary will be placed in three other schools in the county.
Students from Trenton Elementary School will be split into two schools.
Kindergarten thru 2nd grades will be sent to Comfort Elementary School.
3rd thru 6th grades will be sent to Pollocksville Elementary School.
All Jones Middle School students will transition to the Jones Senior High.
“You have principal offices that will be transformed into classrooms, you have teacher workrooms that will become classrooms,” Bracy said.
One of the highest priorities for leaders is keeping students with the teacher they started the year with. Right now, cleaning crews are working to get the existing schools’ students ready.
“Vacuuming, cleaning all carpets, disinfecting mold, and wiping everything down, getting the schools back where they need to be, ” said maintenance director Tim Morton.
At Monday night’s meeting, the board announced plans to return to school. Teachers should expect to report to their classrooms on October 8th. That’s a month after Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina.
Bracy added, “Most importantly, instructional time is key. So how are we going to keep doing something creative and not necessarily make up the time but get those kids the instructional time that’s needed.”