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WS/FCS Closed Through May 15

March 23, 2020 - On Monday, March 23, 2020, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued an Executive Order calling for the closure of all schools in North Carolina through May 15. In accordance with the Governor’s announcement, this means Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools will remain closed for in-person instruction through May 15.

As we have navigated this everchanging closure, we have already deployed more than 20, 000 devices so students can continue to learn.  We will offer more guidance on the deployment of hotspots for those families that need them later this week. We are still awaiting delivery.

eLearning will continue.  Our instructional teams will keep offering plans and support to our schools and teachers. We will continue to ensure students have access to healthy meals, and we will continue to help employees navigate how the extended closure will impact their roles and duties while classes are not in session.   

We are also refining our free breakfast and lunch sites to optimize resources.  Beginning Tuesday, March 24, 2020, there will be a slight change in open locations. Please check the COVID-19 Informational website for changes.   We will also continue using buses to deliver meals and hope to have the routes numbered and electronically monitored so later this week parents can use our “Here Comes the Bus” mobile app to follow their location.

Many of our community partners are now serving free dinner and weekend meals. There are also some daycare options thanks to community partners.  We have a complete list with all this information on our website.

Parents, please make sure your contact information is up-to-date with your child’s school so we can communicate effectively. You can call the school, or our informational hotline also remains open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The hotline can also help answer technology or eLearning questions.

We thank parents for their continued patience!