2021-2022 Reopening Information
OCS is in the process of revising the reopening plan for the 2021-2022 school year. As part of this process, Onslow County Schools is soliciting public comment/feedback for a period of 30 days, ending August 6, 2021.
The comments/feedback provided will help inform decision making by the OCS Board of Education and district staff as we make preparations for a five-day-a-week in-person reopening in August 2021.
Comments/feedback may be submitted to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
OCS believes decisions involving COVID-19 protocols that affect our students, their families, our staff and the community in general are most appropriately made at the local level. Local school officials are able to make the most informed decisions based on local trends and data and can more easily react as local conditions indicate. OCS is committed to providing students and staff with a safe, secure, and healthy high quality in-person learning environment. The draft COVID-19 Protocols and Practices for the 2021-2022 School Year, describes the protocols and procedures OCS will use to guide these efforts.
Upon approval of these protocols, the Onslow County Board of Education will not require face coverings or masks for students or staff. All students, staff and community members are encouraged to make their own decisions regarding their personal health as to whether to wear a face covering or mask. Harassment, discrimination, bullying or intimidation based on any person’s decision to wear or not wear a face covering or mask will not be tolerated.
Development of this draft document began following a meeting of the Board of Education on June 29, 2021. During the meeting, the Board unanimously voted to direct the OCS Superintendent and staff to develop COVID-19 protocols for the 2021-22 school year.
Prior to the motion and discussion, OCS BOE Chairman Bob Williams read a statement wherein he recognized the district’s compliance with the guidance issued by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) over the past year. However, Chairman Williams shared that the Board “believes that it is time for the Board to assume the role of developing COVID-19 protocols that reflect the local health conditions of our community and our schools.” Mr. Williams also noted, “The School Board believes that health decisions for staff and students are personal decisions between them and their physicians.”
The path to developing local COVID-19 protocols was fully opened on July 21, 2021, when Governor Roy Cooper announced that the existing mask mandate for schools contained in Executive Order 220 would expire on July 30, 2021. The same day, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) released an updated version of the StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit (K-12) which removed the requirement that North Carolina schools require face coverings or masks indoors.
The draft COVID-19 Protocols and Practices for the 2021-2022 School Year can be found below. Comments and/or feedback on the proposal may be submitted to email@example.com. The Onslow County Board of Education will make final approval of the protocols at their regular August meeting.