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Rebecca Planchard
46:41
Thank you all so much for joining us bright and early this morning!
Rebecca Planchard
47:16
Hi Chip - just talking through communications today :)
Rebecca Planchard
48:11
Hi Chip - just talking through communications today :)
Bruce Robistow
49:04
good morning all. Bruce Robistow, Halifax County Health Director here. :)
Freebird McKinney
49:54
Good Morning, Everyone! Thrilled that you all have joined us this morning. #BeyondNormalcy
Wanda Edwards
50:07
Good morning from Guilford County Schools.
Jennifer Solley
51:34
Good morning from Currituck County Schools
Mia Murphy
51:59
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Stacia Harris
52:18
Good Morning from Buncombe Co. Schools!
Mia Murphy
53:13
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Freebird McKinney
53:32
Good Morning, Everyone! Thrilled that you all have joined us this morning. #BeyondNormalcy
Jennifer Johnson
55:14
Good morning from Pitt County, NC
Rita Foil
55:23
Good morning from Rowan-Salisbury
Stephen Gay
55:36
Can you share a description of PLAN A and social distancing without the 6’ requirement
winsloww
55:47
Good Morning from Vance Charter School!
Aarika Sandlin
57:07
Good Morning from Vance County Schools
Rebecca Planchard
57:15
For questions about operations, including on the announcement last week on plan A for K - 5 schools being an option beginning 10/5, I encourage you to look at the newly updated FAQ document: https://files.nc.gov/covid/documents/guidance/education/Strong-Schools-NC-FAQs.pdf
Rebecca Planchard
58:01
As always, read through the StrongSchools Toolkit with all requirements and recommendations: https://files.nc.gov/covid/documents/guidance/Strong-Schools-NC-Public-Health-Toolkit.pdf
Rebecca Planchard
58:24
And the screening reference guide is incredibly useful for next steps: https://files.nc.gov/covid/PHT-ScreeningReferenceGuide_6.30.pdf
Rebecca Planchard
59:47
And finally, as Jessica mentioned, you'll all get this slide deck and recording following this webinar - it's chock full of great resources!
Rebecca Planchard
01:00:23
@Rdowdy, can you try again? Working for others - https://files.nc.gov/covid/PHT-ScreeningReferenceGuide_6.30.pdf
Rebecca Planchard
01:05:02
Do others on the line do a daily check-in between their school/district and their local health department? Such great opportunity for streamlined communication!
Jennifer Solley
01:05:53
We are checking in as needed but not daily.
dinglerl
01:06:00
Davie Co is in constant communication with our health dept. At least daily.
Nora Carr
01:06:31
Yes. Our heath and student services staff connect daily with public health. We also have bi-weekly team virtual meetings.
Nora Carr
01:06:36
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Bruce Robistow
01:07:07
Daily with those open. as needed with others.
Molly McGowan Gorsuch
01:07:08
Same here (in Henderson County). We’ve been doing checkins and share Google Docs to establish joint messaging that’s approved by health officials and school leaders
Heather Lawing
01:07:18
WCPSS does a weekly check-in with Wake County Public Health. We report cases when we learn of them. We have open lines of communication with health officials, as needed between our weekly check-in meetings.
Rebecca Planchard
01:07:43
Do any folks have a structured daily check-in? Key daily bullets that they share? I'm seeing some mention of google docs. And do others have a more free-flowing check in call?
Melisa Jessup
01:09:08
For those districts that schedule a full day for cleaning/planning, how do you pay for classified staff (i.e. bus drivers, some school nutrition) who would likely not be paid?
winsloww
01:09:12
Luckily, I have a great relationship with the nurses at the health department so I have a free-flowing check in call
Libby Brown
01:09:48
We also hold a weekly 'huddle' with Community Leadership to recap information and for Q and A time.
Mia Murphy
01:10:13
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Rebecca Planchard
01:10:48
I'm seeing so many great messages - but they're just going to panelists! Make sure to switch, as Mia noted. Do any of you share your check-in content externally with parents/family/media? Or do you keep it internal between your LEA and Local Health Department?
Jessica Swencki
01:10:48
Hi Melissa...most districts have been using a variety of CARES funds which have allowed more flexibility.
Valerie Hoffman
01:11:22
As a suggestion, and relative to the suggestsion of snackable updates, it would be SO helpful to be able to easily lift out some of the info from the Strong Schools Toolkit and the doc related to dealing w/ Presumptive Cases. As it is there is no way to cut, copy and paste any of it into snackable bits of information.
Rebecca Planchard
01:12:45
Feel free to send an email to StrongSchoolsNC@dhhs.nc.gov to request an unsecured copy of the PDF of the guidance! We'd love to help with that (and also balance protecting the integrity of our state files)
snipesn
01:12:57
We are checking in as needed but not daily due to our students are currently not in the building.
Karen Kerley
01:13:13
Iredell County Health Department has been awesome in working with Iredell-Statesville Schools. We talk to them multiple times a day
Jeff Nash
01:14:31
Nora…will you report cases by school or only by district?
Heather Lawing
01:14:34
@Valerie - Yes! We’ve been begging for the ability to copy/paste from the beginning! Our work around (which is cumbersome) is to take a screenshot, dump the picture into google keep (or a similar app) and have the app capture the text. Then you have to go back and fix errors. The column format of the document makes it even more cumbersome.
Rebecca Planchard
01:14:42
Make sure to share your question with all attendees!
Molly McGowan Gorsuch
01:15:00
YES ,THIS ^^^^
Rebecca Planchard
01:16:56
You'll be able to have a copy of the slide deck sent your way as soon as the webinar is over!
Nora Carr
01:17:24
We're reporting by school and by district - # of employees, # of students, by month and cumulative total - the by month approach helps identify what's active/current and what's not
Mia Murphy
01:17:45
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Jessica Swencki
01:17:54
Great questions, everyone! We will work through them in the chat and we will have time at the end to lift some up!
Nora Carr
01:18:45
Our COVID-19 Information Ambassadors are a mix of internal and external people - we started with those who served on our reopening task force and have added as we've gone along - includes teachers, principals, parents, faith leaders, nonprofit leaders, biz leaders (mid management to management, not C level)
Nora Carr
01:20:20
How do we pay classified? They do a variety of tasks - some are serving as custodians, some are in PD, some are delivering food to community sites so we can feed hungry children
Rebecca Planchard
01:21:00
That's so cool, Jennifer! Sending post cards to families!
Amy Heflin
01:21:05
How are systems handling the issue of enforcing immunization compliance with students who will be in virtual learning at the end of the 30-day period. There is no way to "exclude" these students.
Nora Carr
01:21:25
We are also investigating an APP for student attestations re. transportation and employee health attestations to help with record keeping
penny.rosser@orange.k12.nc.us
01:22:12
We would be interested in any app that people have found useful in Orange County
Jennings
01:22:34
Is there any way this could be sent to us? This is great to have!
snipesn
01:22:42
Weldon City Schools will be interested in the APP as well.
Tracey Lewis
01:22:56
Surry County Schools would be interested in an app also.
Nora Carr
01:22:59
Good question re. temperatures
Ana Daley
01:23:04
Carolina Charter Academy would be interest in the app as well
Nora Carr
01:23:17
Right now we're just using a google form
Mary Perez
01:23:32
Yes pleasse share ,,,Montgomery County is interested as well..
Jennifer Solley
01:24:07
We are going to Plan A in October. Are we the only ones?
snipesn
01:24:17
Are the districts that are in session currently doing the daily screening questions or just the attestation forms? How is implementation of the daily screening going?
Nora Carr
01:24:23
Will do - probably will be next week - can share google form today
penny.rosser@orange.k12.nc.us
01:24:40
Thank you, Nora
Tracey Lewis
01:24:51
Thank you so much, Nora.
Misti Williams
01:25:17
Thanks, Nora
Ana Daley
01:25:27
Thanks Nora
Libby Brown
01:26:20
We have an attestation form for parents and conduct a daily temp check before entering facilities.
Rebecca Planchard
01:26:47
Re: Why are daily, in-person symptom screenings still required (even if you are also requiring a parent attestation form - they are not one or the other): We continue to require ongoing efforts to mitigate potential spread of COVID-19. And we've always said as a state that we will monitor evidence ongoing on the cost/benefit of daily symptom screenings. We've heard over and over from schools that have reopened that the learning curve for procedures moves quickly - just like typical procedure-learning for the first few weeks of school. Everyone gets quicker, more efficient, and used to the protocols.
Nora Carr
01:27:17
We've surveyed parents twice thus far. Teachers appear to have more concerns about returning than parents of students.
Rebecca Planchard
01:28:52
For charter schools on the line: Are you having regular communication with your local health department? And for our local health departments: Have you reached out to charter schools in your region?
Rita Foil
01:28:56
Love this panel format!! Thank you!
Ashley-Michelle Thublin
01:29:41
We noticed the same thing in Asheville City Schools, Nora. Our parents are pushing us to begin our transition to Plan B, but our teachers do not feel it’s safe.
Bruce Robistow
01:30:16
I have multiple meetings with our Charter School, even after hours and weekends. it truly helps to stay in real time communication.
Jessica Poole
01:30:18
Rebecca - yes! Person County Health Dept. has been amazing! Director Clayton checks in weekly, and they are available when needed.
Jessica Swencki
01:31:05
What strategies are districts and schools using to communicate with staff, particularly those who have expressed concerns?
Libby Brown
01:31:06
For teachers who felt uncomfortable about in-person teaching or had extenuating circumstances, we gave them first priority in teaching remote classes for the full remote students.
Rebecca Planchard
01:31:08
So glad to hear that, Jessica!
Valerie Hoffman
01:31:23
Yes, RE: Social Media. When you're in a rural community with limited media outlets, Facebook is a go-to for many families. It's a curse and a blessing ;-) @Rebecca our director and our school nurse have a relationship with the local health department
winsloww
01:31:25
Rebecca- I have a great relationship with Granville/Vance Health Department. They are always available when I call and very helpful.
Crystal
01:31:33
I am at a charter school in Moore county and have been working closely with our local health department. They have been great
user
01:32:38
Caswell County HD and School System have a great partnership and it has been a blessing to be able to work together in this capacity.
Rebecca Planchard
01:33:14
One thing that I loved that Libby said first thing on the panel was that when schools/districts are proactive, saying "How can I help YOU?" to their local health department, it can make a big difference! So don't stop being proactive even if you're working relationship with your health department isn't stellar yet!
penny.rosser@orange.k12.nc.us
01:34:05
Our folks at the health department in Orange County have helped us so much!
Aarika Sandlin
01:34:19
The COVID dashboards and messaging are spot on! Transparency is key to building trust with our families.
Rebecca McLeod
01:34:21
Yes, Burke County PH has great relationships with both public schools and charter schools. We talk daily and as needed to help with any issues and concerns
Freebird McKinney
01:34:57
I am loving hearing about all of the positive relationships between the health departments and the school systems! Thank you for building such incredible partnerships with different sectors that are ALL vital in bringing our students and staff back to our schools safely.
Tracey Lewis
01:34:58
We are thankful for our Surry County Health and Nutrition Center’s partnership with us. It has been invaluable.
Rita Foil
01:35:55
RSS joins weekly meetings with Emergency Management/Health Department and local private school leaders.
Rebecca Planchard
01:36:24
Can you download and email me the file? Rebecca.planchard@dhhs.nc.gov - would love to see
Tahira Stalberte
01:38:01
We are reporting positive cases that impact the school building. Some are not contracted in the building.
Dr. Marvin Connelly
01:38:47
Dr. Jennifer Green and her team at the Cumberland County Health Department have been amazing partners with CCS. As noted earlier by someone, we had a strong relationship prior to the COVID-19. Thank you Dr. Green for your awesome and expert leadership. - Dr. C
Rebecca Planchard
01:39:17
@Tahira, are you finding that families/the community understand the breadth of that reporting? Or is there any misunderstanding, do you think, that all cases are affiliated with the school? Great question, Dr. C!
Nora Carr
01:39:36
Re. teacher concerns - we have a large teacher advisory council so virtual meetings with that group helps, ongoing and frequent conversation with GCAE president and executive board, increased internal flow of communications - we're keeping social distancing in place so that is helping - biggest concern seems to be dropping some social distancing with Plan A
Lynda
01:40:40
Yadkin County Schools has an amazing relationship with our Local Health Department. We collaborate with them on a daily basis. We started with Plan B and feel like our partnership with them has helped make this a successful plan.
Crystal
01:41:12
Will we be discussing Plan A "minimal social distancing" clarification?
Tahira Stalberte
01:41:24
Yes, I believe they do. They want to know what's happening in their school and they appreciate the information.
Rebecca Planchard
01:42:46
@crystal, happy to speak to that: under Plan A, schools do not have to limit density in order to meet 6 ft social distancing requirements. Screening/cleaning requirements are still in place, and other mitigation efforts, like cohorting of students and staff, is even more important.
Rebecca Planchard
01:43:14
@ron, it's like you read my mind about the question I was going to ask panelists but we won't have time - check out a couple slides on that in the resource deck you'll get
mmichaels
01:43:35
Burke County Health Department and Burke County Public Schools have an awesome partnership that started way before COVID-19 and has only strengthened during the pandemic.
Libby Brown
01:44:26
Before schools reopened we held focus groups with parents, community leaders, and teachers and fielded questions and concerns (fears) about health and safety protocols. That seemed to help because some were opinion leaders.
Crystal
01:46:07
So we no longer have to take social distancing into consideration inside and outside on school campus?
Jessica Swencki
01:47:23
Hi Ellie...please email me jessica.swencki@dpi.nc.gov and I will help get you what you need.
Rebecca Planchard
01:47:48
@crystal, under Plan A, ensuring social distancing of 6 feet is a recommendation, and marking reminders of social distancing remains a requirement. Check out page 3 for the Plan A requirements in the light red/pink for social distancing. https://files.nc.gov/covid/documents/guidance/Strong-Schools-NC-Public-Health-Toolkit.pdf
Ron Pannell
01:49:46
Are there any school districts conducting contact tracing for students for students and staff? Anyone using the CCTO software from the state?
Crystal
01:50:51
I'm not sure how to have 20 children 6 feet apart in the hallway. The line would have to go out the door.
Crystal
01:52:11
I'm re-reading the StrongSchools toolkit and that's why I'm asking the questions. Not sure how to manage the 6 feet with so many students in the building. Thank you for your help!
Rebecca Planchard
01:52:32
Amy, can you reach out to me Rebecca.planchard@dhhs.nc.gov - I'd like to better understand your perspectives if you're willing to share more
penny.rosser@orange.k12.nc.us
01:53:05
I need to leave the meeting but I look forward to receiving the slide deck. Thanks to all of you.
Rebecca Planchard
01:54:05
Hi Crystal - this may be a great opportunity to work closely with your local health department for ongoing support about how to best operationalize Plan A for your specific environment. Let us know how we can provide additional support! Thank you so much for all your hard work and consideration for students and staff in this unprecedented time!
Crystal
01:54:22
I also have questions regarding the bus recommendation. Is there someone I could call later today?
Rebecca Planchard
01:54:47
@erin - this may be a great opportunity to connect with your local health department for specifics in this case
Jessica Swencki
01:55:12
Hi Crystal! Email me your questions and I will connect you with Kevin Harrison jessica.swencki@dpi.nc.gov
Rebecca Planchard
01:55:36
@crystal, I hope you saw my message I sent your way - your questions are fantastic, and may be a great opportunity connect directly with your local health department for nuanced support for your particular environment. And Jessica, thanks so much for connecting Crystal to Kevin!
Rita Foil
01:56:15
Great Panelists! Thank you!!
Crystal
01:56:20
Thank you!
Rebecca Planchard
01:56:49
@erin - shoot StrongSchoolsNC@dhhs.nc.gov an email, and let's make sure we're getting your question answered!
Karen Harrington
01:57:01
Thanks Dr. Emory! It is so good to hear your voice/leadership again.
Mary Perez
01:57:33
Awesome presentation thank you to all the panelists for providing great information !!
Stacia Harris
01:57:59
Thank you, all!
Rebecca Planchard
01:58:09
Thanks, everyone!