MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (WNCT) — Carteret County Public Schools is the latest school system in Eastern North Carolina to change its classroom plans due to COVID-19.
The school system posted on its Facebook page Thursday night that all students will move to remote learning on Jan. 18 and 19. Those two days will come after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, which is this Monday.
The Facebook post states, “In the interest of student and staff safety and out of an abundance of caution, CCPS will move to remote learning on Tuesday, 1/18 and Wednesday, 1/19. Reminder: Schools and offices are closed on Monday, 1/17 in observance of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.”
School systems in Onslow and Beaufort counties announced changes to their schedules earlier this week due to staff shortages due to COVID-19.
CCPS is currently making face masks optional for students and staff after the school board voted for that measure earlier this month. Some parents have expressed concern over the optional face mask vote, saying they should be worn all the time.
Friday, the school system issued a statement saying they continue to monitor the situation:
“The Board of Education continues to monitor COVID metrics. Face-coverings are currently optional and may be worn throughout the school system. The school system has and will continue to follow all requirements of the Carteret County Health Department, and we appreciate their great work throughout the pandemic.
School nurses and school personnel are working hard to assist parents in understanding quarantining requirements as they continue to be changed by the state. The state toolkit has been revised multiple times this year and twice within the last week. Rapid changes can be confusing, and we are here to help students, staff and families understand the process. We truly appreciate the patience, flexibility, and support of parents and community members as we navigate this pandemic together.”