NC superintendent visits Duplin County school ahead of reopening

School Watch

North Carolina state Superintendent Mark Johnson visited Chinquapin Elementary School Monday morning to review the school’s readiness for their first day back.

The elementary school suffered major flood and roof damage from Florence.

Duplin County Schools have been closed since Hurricane Florence and hope to reopen their doors on Wednesday.

Johnson said the first day should be about making sure the students are okay.

At this time, 169 students and 50 staff members have been displaced due to Florence. 

Teachers are eager to see their students again.

“Right now, I’m just ready to see my children again,” said Mariam Summerlin. “I’m ready for them to walk in the door, and we stand in the hallways every morning and greet our kids as they come in. And so not having done that for the last several weeks has — it’s been very hard”

Students felt the need to help their fellow classmates by filling backpacks with school supplies, toiletries and food.

The backpacks will be given to any student in need on the first day of school.

The state has forgiven 20 of the 30 missed school days.

The school board is currently working on revising the 2018-2019 school calendar to make up 11 and a half missed school days.

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