• How will Surry County Schools begin school for students on August 23rd?

    • All K-12 students will receive in-person, direct instruction from their classroom teachers five days a week beginning Monday, August 23rd. 
    • Surry County Schools will continue to have a strong focus on implementing health and safety measures for our students and staff.  We will continue to collaborate with Surry County Health and Nutrition Center, as well as follow all guidance from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. 


    Who is required to wear a mask?

    • Surry County Schools WILL continue to follow state guidance concerning masks, social distancing as well as other health and safety protocols. As these guidelines are updated at the state level, SCS will make adjustments.
      • Kindergarten through 12th Grade: In alignment with CDC, The ABC Science Collaborative, and Surry County Health and Nutrition Center recommendations for universal masking, all K-12 students WILL be required to wear face coverings consistently while inside during the school day regardless of a student's vaccination status.
        • Student-athletes will be required to wear face coverings while indoors. 
      • Staff: All staff, both school-based and district-wide support, WILL be required to wear face coverings consistently while inside during the school day regardless of their vaccination status,
      • Face coverings WILL be required indoors by all individuals - including students, staff, visitors, etc.


    Will face coverings be required when students/staff are outside?

    • In alignment with our 2021-2022 Return to Learn: Part 2, students (K-12) and staff WILL NOT be required to wear a face-covering when they are outside for recess, PE, or when learning in an outdoor classroom. 
    • Student-athletes WILL NOT be required to wear face coverings when outdoors.


    Will face coverings be required when students are riding the school bus?

    • In alignment with the StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit and CDC requirements, all students (K-12) WILL be required to wear face coverings on school buses. (Toolkit Page 20)
    • If a student forgets their mask at home, one will be given to them by the driver as they step onto the school bus.


    Will schools supply masks?

    •  Masks WILL be available for students who need them. Students are also encouraged to wear their own, which may be more comfortable for some students. 


    Will Surry County Schools require students and/or staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

    • Surry County Schools is NOT requiring our students or staff to receive a COVID-19 vaccine prior to the start of the 2021-2022 school year, it will remain optional. 
    • Surry County Schools supports our health department in sharing vaccine appointment information.
      • Vaccination is currently the leading public health prevention strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic. (Toolkit Page 2)
      • People who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are at low risk of symptomatic or severe illness, including hospitalization or death. (Toolkit Page 7)
      • A growing body of evidence suggests that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are also less likely to have an asymptomatic infection or transmit COVID-19 to others than people who are not fully vaccinated. (Toolkit Page 7)


    Will Surry County Schools be conducting daily symptom screening?

    • Overall, Surry County Schools will NO LONGER be conducting daily symptom screenings.  Instead, we are asking families and staff to self monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, which include: 
      • Fever (Temperature of 100.4° Fahrenheit or higher) 
      • Sore Throat
      • Cough (for people with chronic cough due to allergies or asthma, a change in their cough from baseline)
      • Difficulty breathing (for people with asthma, a change from their baseline breathing)
      • New loss of taste or smell
      • Diarrhea or vomiting
      • New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever
    • Students, teachers and staff who have symptoms of COVID-19, should stay home and be referred to their healthcare provider for testing and further care. (Toolkit Page 14)


    What will happen if my child has been deemed a close contact to someone who has COVID-19?


    What should I do if I think I may have COVID-19?

    • All students, staff and faculty presumed to have or are diagnosed with COVID-19 MUST stay home until they meet the criteria for return to school. Staying home when sick is essential to preventing the spread of COVID-19 to others as well as keeping COVID-19 infections out of our schools.  (Toolkit Page 14
    • It is also essential for people who are not fully vaccinated to quarantine after a recent close contact to someone with COVID-19. (Toolkit Page 14)


    What will a school do if there is a confirmed positive case of COVID-19?

    • If your child has been identified as a close contact, school administrators or staff WILL continue to call families personally impacted, regardless of the day of the week.
    • Parents WILL also be promptly notified should there ever be a cluster, which the CDC identifies as five or more confirmed cases within a 14-day period with a potential connection in time and place, on their child’s campus.  


    How will Surry County Schools ensure three feet of physical distancing?

    Desks or tables are spaced three feet apart, and interactions closer than three feet will be limited. 


    Will Surry County Schools have a 100% virtual learning model for the 2021-2022 school year?

    • Last year, Surry County Schools opened Surry Online Magnet School, one of three choice schools in our district. The model is fully customizable as a virtual or blended model for students who want flexible virtual options but who want to also take advantage of great learning opportunities afforded to students on our school campuses. Surry Online Magnet School is not a remote learning option, but a separate school with its own dedicated staff. Surry Online Magnet School is a community-based school with an emphasis on personalization, relationships, and support.
      • Surry Online Magnet School provides a choice option for:
        • current homeschool students who want to engage in a blended model partnership between the home and public school;
        • students and their families who want full flexibility in regard to time and place;
        • students who learn best working independently in an online environment; or
        • high school students who want flexibility in order to fully develop a schedule conducive to taking college courses, completing required high school courses, and/or working simultaneously.
    • Because Surry Online Magnet School is magnet, an application is required.  Prospective students need to complete an application at bit.ly/SOMSAPPLY.  Once the school has received all of the application documents, including the teacher and counselor recommendation forms, then the SOMS team will review their application and inform the parents of their acceptance status.
    • Due to rising COVID-19 cases, the Surry Online Magnet School reopened the application window and applications are now due by the 10th day of school


    As we begin the 2021-2022 school year, what will be Surry County Schools' visitor procedures?

    • During the first nine weeks, Surry County Schools will limit nonessential visitors and activities involving external groups or organizations.   
      • Unless otherwise instructed, visitors will be limited to the front office.  
      • If a visitor is attending a previously arranged meeting, they should go directly to the meeting space.
      • All visitors must follow each campus’ COVID safety protocols.


    Will students and staff be able to use their school's drinking fountains?

    • As we begin the 2021-2022 school year, drinking fountain spouts will continue to be disabled.  The water bottling refilling feature will be available, and we are encouraging students and staff to bring reusable water bottles.  If a student or staff member does not have a reusable water bottle or forgets theirs at home, cups will be available.


    Will my child continue to receive free breakfast and lunch at no cost?

    • The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that our district WILL be able to continue serving free meals to all students for the 2021 - 2022 school year.