‘We’re focusing on keeping schools open and having in-person instruction:’ OCS discuss COVID-19 in BOE meeting

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JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Tuesday’s Onslow County Board of Education meeting focused on COVID-19 business and the board’s communication with the public. 

Brent Anderson, a spokesperson for the district calls its effort “nothing but consistent.” He said they’ve made over 25,000 calls to students’ families since back in August. Anderson said since Aug. 26, they have made four specific calls: two regarding clusters, one regarding a group of teachers testing positive for COVID and a call to calm the nerves of the community from a trusted voice instead of what news sources are delivering. 

It’s not that we’re not sharing information with the people that need to know, but we are letting people potentially contacted by COVID exposure know.

Brent Anderson, OCS Information

When a student test positive for COVID-19 through OCS, the message is delivered to Eric Gardner, who then relays it to the health department and vice versa. Anderson said the main goal was keeping schools open.

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