Meals: DPS will begin a daily feeding program for Durham County children on Monday, March 23, similar to our summer meals initiative. We will provide locations for families to pick up meals; details will be available next week.
Staff: DPS has arranged staff workdays and holidays to maximize available funding and minimize the use of leave time during the COVID-19 closure, while we await possible action by the State of North Carolina during this state of emergency. (Spring break for students on the traditional and year-round calendars has been moved to the week of March 16.) We are granting our staff the flexibility to work from home, if possible, in order to increase social distancing, and we are developing a plan for distributing food and classroom materials to the community, as well as other options for classified employees.
Magnet schools: Families whose children received seats in the magnet school lottery for 2020-21 are being given additional time to communicate their acceptance. DPS is extending the magnet seat approval window from March 20 to one week after students return to school. Magnet school “Welcome” events will be postponed, and families will receive information directly from schools about rescheduled dates.
Students with disabilities: Students with disabilities who have Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) will have access to all of the resources being made available to all students in DPS. In addition, students instructed on the Extended Content Standards will have access to the Unique Learning Systems (online platform) curriculum.