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Reopening Schools 2020-2021

NHCS is operating under Plan B AA/BB schedule in all grades. Pre-K through grade 5 will transition to Plan A on Monday, March 8, 2021. Grades 6-12 will continue to operate under Plan B AA/BB schedule. 
Under Plan A, all elementary students will have the option to choose full-time in-person learning or full-time remote learning. Schools will be contacting parents to verify the attendance option they are choosing for their student.
NHCS families should verify PowerSchool contact information is current to receive Connect 5 phone, email, and text notifications from their schools and the district.

See the NHCS website for more information about school reopening.

Screening Process

The screening process will begin each day at 8:00am. All staff and students will go through a screening process each day before entering the building. The screening process will include the following:

  1. Contactless temperature check 
    1. The individual must have a temperature below 100.4 to be able to enter the building. If a student has a temperature of 100.4 or higher, we will recheck the temperature. If we continue to receive a high reading, the student will not be allowed into the building. At that time, the school will make parent contact and the student will have to return home. 

  2. Individuals must answer a series of questions 
    1. Have you had close contact (within 6 ft. for at least 15 minutes) in the last 14 days with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, or has any health department or health care provider been in contact with you and advised you to quarantine?

    2. Since you were last at school, have you had any of  the following symptoms (fever, chills, shortness of breath, new cough, loss of taste or smell)?

    3. Since you were last at school, have you been diagnosed with COVID-19?

  3. After an individual successfully completes the screening process, they will receive a wristband that must be worn all day. This will help identify everyone who has gone through the screening process. 

***If a student has a temperature of 100.4 or higher, we will recheck the temperature. If we continue to receive a high reading, the student will not be allowed into the building. If the student answers YES to any of the following questions, they will not be allowed into the building. At that time, the school will make parent contact and the student will have to return home.***

Screening Locations

Please click on the following link to familiarize yourself with the screening locations.   Campus Map - Screening Stations

After The Screening Process 

Students will be able to enter the building at 8:15am. Once students enter the building, they are to report directly to their 1st block location. 

Mask Expectations

All staff and students will be expected to properly wear a mask throughout the school day. The mask must cover both the mouth and nose completely. Mask breaks have been built into each class period. The mask break will last for 5 minutes and students must remain in their seat during the entire break. Any student that is out of the classroom during the mask break will have to keep their mask on. Students who fail to comply with these CDC guidelines will be sent to the Dean’s office. At that time, parents will be contacted to pick their child up from school. 

All masks and clothing must adhere to the NHC Schools dress code policy 8520.  We realize our country is in a heated political state right now.  We do not wish to infringe on students’ rights to free speech, but we are asking students to refrain from wearing clothing and masks that depict political views and/or groups in an effort to avoid any possible contentious episodes on campus.  We greatly appreciate everyone’s cooperation with this matter.  We want these last few weeks of this semester to be productive for everyone.

Classroom Setup

Classrooms have been set up to be in compliance regarding the social distancing guidelines of 6 ft. Each classroom will have a maximum student occupancy sign to ensure that these guidelines are being met. 

Cafeteria/Lunch Setup

The cafeteria has been set up to ensure the 6 ft. of social distancing. Seats have been labeled so that students can clearly identify which seats should be used. Any student inside the cafeteria must leave their mask on unless they are eating or drinking. Any student that chooses to be outside during lunch must continue to practice social distancing. The designated areas for students during lunch time are the cafeteria and the cafeteria courtyard. As a reminder, students are not allowed to leave campus for lunch. Students are prohibited from being in the parking lot during lunch.

Hallway Transition

We have increased transition time between each class from 5 minutes to 10 minutes to allow time for classrooms to be cleaned and sanitized. We ask that students do not congregate in the hallways or restrooms and continue to practice social distancing. If students are wanting to take an additional mask break, we ask that students go outside to do so and place the mask back on before returning inside. Students are expected to follow social distancing protocols at all times while on campus. 

1 Way Stairwells

We have now moved to 1 way stairwells to practice social distancing. This process will be in place throughout the entire school day, not just during transition times between classes. Stairwells have been labeled properly to identify which ones go up and down. Please click the link below for an illustration. 

Campus Map - Stairwells

Water Fountain Use

Students will not be allowed to drink directly from the water fountains. Students should bring their own water bottle from home. 

Cleaning Expectations

Classrooms will be cleaned and sanitized between each class period. Each teacher has been provided a PPE cleaning kit to complete this process. Restrooms will be cleaned by our custodial staff throughout the school day. 

What If A Student Begins Showing Symptoms During The School Day?

If a student begins showing symptoms of COVID after they have gone through the initial screening process, a staff member will notify the nurse to determine the next steps. If it is determined that the student has symptoms of COVID, the student will be removed from the classroom, and a parent will be contacted so that the student may be picked up and taken home.


Bus Transportation



Bus routes will be available here on this website for a limited time only, with the exception of unique circumstances.  New Hanover County Schools operate over 600 runs each school day.  Due to numerous changes in routes, stops, riders and times throughout the school year, please download the Edulog Parent Portal bus tracking phone application.  Once your child is registered, it will have the most up-to-date route information.  If your child is in A Section, you will only see transportation details scheduled for Monday and Tuesday.  If your child is in B Section, you will only see transportation details scheduled for Thursday and Friday.

Each school will have 2 sets of routes:  One for A Section (Monday/Tuesday) and one for B Section (Thursday/Friday).  If your child goes to school all 4 days, you will need to review both routes as they may not be the same for A Section and B Section.

Bus Times and Routes


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