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WS/FCS Closed for In-person Instruction for Remainder of 2019-2020 School Year

Friday, April 24, 2020 - On Friday, April 24, 2020, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued an Executive Order calling for the continued closure of all schools in North Carolina through the remainder of this school year. In accordance with the Governor’s announcement, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools will remain closed for in-person instruction through the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic calendar. eLearning will continue.

WS/FCS Superintendent, Dr. Angela Hairston, says, “First, let me say we continue to appreciate the patience of our parents and families. But the most important thing we can do right now is focus on the health and safety of our students, parents, staff, and community.”

Hairston continued by saying, “While this is certainly not the way anyone wanted this school year to end, we knew this announcement was highly likely.  Our teams have been putting together plans for the multiple things this announcement will impact. Now that we have some definitive guidance from the state, we can begin to implement those plans and finalize the year for our students, parents, and staff.” 

The WS/FCS leadership team, Instructional Services Department, and district’s COVID-19 Closure Task Force are already working on answers to many questions.  What we do know at this point is:

  • eLearning will continue throughout the closure.  The Instructional team will continue to offer plans and support to schools and teachers. WS/FCS will continue to help employees navigate how the extended closure will impact their roles and duties while classes are not in session.   
  • WS/FCS will continue to ensure students have access to healthy, free meals. The current WS/FCS meal schedule and distribution locations will continue offering food through the remainder of the academic calendar.
  • A Graduation Task Force that includes students, parents, counselors, high school leaders and district leaders has been formed. The task force began meetings today to discuss possibilities for district graduation ceremonies. 
  • A Summer Learning committee has been formed to begin looking at virtual learning and make-up opportunities for the summer.
  • A task force of district leaders has also been formed to begin looking at how to reopen school in the fall.
  • Instructional Services is finalizing information related to fourth quarter grading and will share it next week.

On behalf of the WS/FCS Board of Education, Chair Malishai Woodbury said, “Our first concern is the safety of our students.  We will continue to adhere to the experts that caution us about allowing students and staff to return to school. We look forward to supporting Dr. Hairston and staff as they continue to offer eLearning opportunities. Even in these challenging times, we will go above and beyond to make sure every child has access to a great public education.”

WS/FCS is also reminding parents to make sure all contact information is up to date so we can continue to communicate effectively. Parents can call the school or the informational hotline, which remains open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The hotline can also help answer technology or eLearning questions.

For more about our district's response, visit our webpage with updated information and answers to many frequently asked questions.