Dr. C's Daily Messages
March 15, 2020
March 15, 2020
Good evening, Students, Parents & Guardians!
This is your superintendent, Dr. Eric Cunningham with the current status of Halifax County Schools’ closings beginning tomorrow (Monday, March 16th). During this time of uncertainty, please know that the Halifax County Schools’ Board of Education and central services are foremost committed to the safety, health, and wellness of our school community, because everyone matters!
The District has prepared a COVID-19 Comprehensive Contingency Plan that establishes procedures to support the abrupt interruption of our Pre-K -12 educational programs. In response to the challenges posed by COVID-19, all schools will be closed for students effective Monday, March 16th thru Monday, March 30, 2020. School closure includes all parent conferences, field trips, before & after-school services and extracurricular activities. Due to the shift in our normal operational program, daily logistics & services are prioritized and will be administered accordingly:
- All school staff will report to their perspective school tomorrow, March 16, 2020 in preparation for the launch of HCS’ Remote Teaching & Learning Program which will begin Tuesday, March 17, 2020. (More information will be forthcoming for parents.)
- Food service employees and custodians will also report during the closure as “bagged” breakfast and lunch meals will be prepared and delivered to support our school community. Meals schedule and updates will be posted on HCS’ website for distribution on Tuesday, March 17,
- Elementary and secondary Remote Learning Packets will consist of 2-week study guides for Pre- K-12 students. In addition, the district’s “Pre-K-12 Remote Teaching & Learning Program” links with various math, reading, & science websites, and practice activities will also be posted on HCS’ website. More information will be posted on the district’s website by Monday afternoon, March 16, 2020.
- School counselors will be on call to assist parents with practical information for helping students adjust to the interruption in their normal academic day. The counselors’ conference call contact information and “remote learning” tips will be posted on the district’s website and in the learning packets.
- Our Public Relations Department’s weekly connect- Ed phone calls will continue to go out to keep you informed of the district’s operational procedures and to give a shout out to students for working diligently to complete their learning packets. Please update your current phone contact information by emailing your child’s teacher. Share pictures and feedback by way of email over the next 2-weeks of how your child is accomplishing learning tasks. Should you have clarifying questions about school operations, a temporary hotline (phone number) for our Remote Learning Program will be posted on the district’s website for support.
In closing, let’s continue to work together as we “chart our new course” through the turbulence at hand. Be mindful of the Center for Disease Control tips for safety in slowing the spread of COVID-19. Mother Teresa’s quote says it best: “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”
Stay safe and stay tuned for frequent updates.
March 16, 2020
March 16, 2020
Good evening, Students, Parents, & Guardians!
This is your Superintendent, Dr. Eric Cunningham. We are now in Day 1 of the implementation of our COVID-19 Comprehensive Contingency Plan. As you know, Halifax County Schools will be closed until March 30, 2020, and we are already missing our school family!
As I stated on Sunday, I will be keeping you informed daily --of the district’s current operational updates. How many of you unexpectedly received school meals on today? Our contingency plan includes - support the well-being of our school community. Beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17th, prepare for a special delivery! Buses will be leaving their school sites at 12:00 Noon to begin delivering packaged breakfast & hot lunch meals along with the Remote Learning Packets for all grade level students.
- Each day, the delivery will take place in the same manner in which students are picked up for school. Please ensure your child is supervised when approaching the bus for pick-ups. Make it a learning experience for your child. Talk about the importance of working together and caring for each other in a community.
- The remote learning packets consist primarily of two-weeks of activities in math and reading. Encourage your students to work on activities daily rather than completing the packet in a couple of days. Packets will be picked up on March 30, 2020.
Scholars do not forget to read for 30 minutes a day, stay safe and continue to “Strive for Five.”
March 17, 2020
March 17, 2020
Good Evening Students, Parents, and Guardians.
What better time, to see the strength of our school community being demonstrated… than a GREAT day like today?
We are so PROUD of how you came out to receive the special delivery that we mentioned on yesterday!
A Special Shout Out to the parents that shared pictures of their students enjoying a hot lunch, and students engaging in our Remote Learning Program.
I appreciate the kind words that were shared with my staff in reception of the 2300 meals that were delivered throughout our school community. No students were turned away.
As an update, visit our website for information about our newly developed COVID-19 Remote Learning Hotline. The hours are 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Questions and comments are welcomed by our counselors.
In closing, we are here for your support because we are “Striving for Five!”
“I Matter to Myself”
“I Matter to My Family”
“I Matter to My Community”
“I Matter to My School”
“I Matter to the World”
Have a Good Night!
March 18, 2020
March 19, 2020
March 19, 2020
Good evening, Students, Parents, Guardians, and Staff. This is your superintendent, Dr. Eric Cunningham. Our word for today is “gratitude”. A word that communicates thankfulness and appreciation for acts of kindness. It is an affirmation of goodness happening on the behalf of someone else. Through “gratitude”, we affirm that there are good things in the world and love for one another –even times of crisis. This doesn’t mean that life is perfect; it doesn’t ignore complaints, burdens, and tough times. But when we look at life as a whole, “gratitude” encourages us to identify some amount of goodness in our lives. I’m seeing examples of gratitude expressed in the pictures that you’re sharing with us online! Keep those pictures coming.
As we strive to support our community during this unprecedented time, we acknowledge the need to ensure quality control in the supports we are providing to our community and are working hard for our community.
Students, this is day-4 of the school shutdown. The pictures of you striving for five at home warms my heart. Keep it coming. Continue to be on your BEST behavior, and complete your chores and school work daily. I am so proud of you!
Parents thank you for your support continue to share pictures of your child striving for five reading daily, working on their learning packets and/or learning virtually.
Community partners, thank you for your support and lending a helping hand. Your efforts do not go unnoticed.
Last but not least I will like to give a BIG Shout out to All of the Halifax County Schools Staff. A special thank you to the teachers and principals who have been volunteering to make sure meals are packed and delivered on top of providing instruction virtually.
Everyone, continue to look for signs of “gratitude” in your community, and share them with friends and family.
Have a Good Night!
March 20, 2020
March 20, 2020
Good evening, Students, Parents & Guardians. This is your superintendent, Dr. Eric Cunningham.
WOW, WHAT A WEEK! As I reflect on this week’s outstanding accomplishments my word for today is “TEAMWORK”. It’s a word that communicates a collaborative effort of a group to achieve a common goal or to complete a task in the most effective and efficient way. We are navigating through unchartered waters so to say we are charting a new course is an understatement. Unity is strength and a staff and community that are working together has been a POWERFUL force!
Many thanks to my staff, parents, and community for being a force to be reckoned with. By coming together and working towards the same goal…the education, health and well-being of our students we were able to make sure all of our students continued to receive instruction and their meals while out of school. In week one of COVID-19, we delivered over 18,702 meals. Hats off to all of you! Continue to STRIVE FOR FIVE!
As an update:
- Check out the COVID-19 Remote Learning Link on our homepage. There, you will find Pre-K-12 resources to help you continue to plan for student learning.
- Continue to follow us on social media and visit the district’s webpage for more updates. If you need assistance, please contact the COVID-19 ASSISTANCE HOTLINE. You will find this information on social media and webpage.
- Meals will continue Monday thru Friday of next week.
Have a safe weekend!
March 23, 2020
March 23, 2020
Good evening, students, parents, & guardians. You already know who it is. This is your Superintendent, Doc C. I hope this message finds each of you well and ready for a week of learning and teamwork. We are now in Week 2 of our COVID-19 school shutdown. Today, Governor Roy Cooper declared for schools to be shut down until May 15, 2020. Our goal continues to be the safety, health and well-being of our students and staff. Today, we served 4515 meals. Thank you for ensuring the safety of your children during meal pickup.
Before we begin our day, let us do a quick check-in with our scholars. How many of you are:
- Getting morning exercise?
- Doing your chores?
- Completing your learning packet assignments? Or
- Doing online learning?
Do your best: “Keep Striving for Five in all you do!
Parents and Guardians, We are “Striving for Five in all we do! Please take pictures of your children:
- Washing hands
- Doing their chores
- Doing assignments
- Practicing the COVID 5 to reduce the spread of the coronavirus?
As an update, our online remote learning link is available. New resources are added to the site throughout the week. Teachers are connecting students to online learning. Share your children’s feedback with us. Reach out to us by way of our COVID-19 Assistance Hotline to share questions and comments.
In closing, here’s a guiding quote from Henry Ford to enlighten your day: “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.”
Dr. Eric Cunningham, Superintendent