A Message From Mr. Stanton

As our school year comes to an end, I wanted to thank you for your continued support of Cary Elementary, our teachers, and your children. As we navigated through these new times, our initial commitment to you all was that we would continue to work incredibly hard for our students.  We continue to appreciate you all and the work you did to support us, and your children in remote learning.  I’d like to give a shout out to our fantastic Cary Elementary teachers for their hard work and dedication.

The year-end certainly feels different but it has been nice to see teachers and students still finding some end of year fun in unique and creative ways.  Last week’s parade was so much fun as we were able to see so many smiling faces – both children and adult.  Tomorrow we will wrap up the year with a special event for our 5th graders who will soon be heading for middle school.

If you get a chance, take a drive by the school to see some of the signs and decorations that are up at the front of the building.  I’d also like to thank our wonderful Cary Elementary PTA for their continuous support.

While there are many uncertainties for the upcoming school year, what we do know is that we will work hard for you all as we prepare and implement whatever state and district guidelines are presented to us.  At this time I don’t have much to share regarding what that will look like, but will communicate that to you over the summer when we have more information.

I hope you all have a great summer!

Thank you,
Rod Stanton – Principal

Update on re-opening schools

Parents,

This week, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and North Carolina Department of Public Instruction released directions to school districts for reopening school buildings. We appreciate their thoughtful leadership in developing guidance that provides a path forward to reopening public schools.

The state requires that we prepare three plans for the 2020-21 school year.

  • Plan A – Minimal Social Distancing: This plan allows for most students to attend school on a school campus. All campuses are operating under enhanced health and social distancing protocols.
  • Plan B – Blending Learning: In this plan, schools must reduce the number of people in the building to at least half. This means that some students will be learning from home and some will be on a school campus. All campuses are operating under enhanced health and social distancing protocols.
  • Plan C – Remote Learning Only: In this plan, all students are learning from home. There are no students or employees on school campuses.

Based on public health data, state and/or local health officials will determine under which plan we operate. We anticipate that health officials will require us to shift plans throughout the school year, in response to our community’s public health needs.

Governor Cooper’s office is expected to announce by July 1 how schools should operate on the first day of school.

The state also called for an option for a virtual school for students who, for health reasons, cannot return to a school campus. We are also actively exploring this option for a wider group of families.

We know you have many questions and we’re working on those answers now. We still anticipate sharing details about each plan, a virtual school option and enhanced health and safety measures for our school campuses in early July.

As we shared last week, we are basing all decisions on health guidance from trusted sources – the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Wake County Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As we begin to make these important decisions, the health and well-being of every member of our community is at the forefront of our minds.

We also arrive at our decisions cautiously, with the understanding that as the public health response to COVID-19 changes, so may our plans.

The school board will be discussing your input and ideas in a special work session on Monday, June 15 at 11 a.m. You can watch that discussion live on our YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/WakeCountySchools.

To ensure your thoughts and ideas are part of the school board’s discussion, please share them with us at: www.wcpss.net/thoughtexchange by Saturday, June 13.

We close by reminding all families to remain vigilant in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

When you leave home, practice your W’s: Wear, Wait, Wash.

  • Wear a cloth face covering if you will be with other people.
  • Wait 6 feet apart. Avoid close contact.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.

Share with your child that these habits protect our families, friends and neighbors. They are acts of kindness that when practiced collectively can have a tremendous impact on our community, especially for those at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

With warm regards,

Cathy Q. Moore, Superintendent

Please join us in a virtual conversation about reopening schools.

Dear Wake County families,

We know many of you are anxious for information about returning to school. Some of you are eager for that day to come, and some are waiting for assurances on what will change and what will remain the same.

We’ve been busy working on plans for your child’s return. Today we want to share some of that information with you and ask for your help in making some critical decisions.

Please be assured that as we begin to make these important decisions, the health and well-being of every member of our community is at the forefront of our minds.

Know that we will base all decisions on health guidance from trusted sources – the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Wake County Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Our dedication to our academic mission and our commitment to challenging and engaging students in relevant, rigorous and meaningful learning won’t change.

But many other things will.

Students will learn new ways to navigate campuses to accommodate social distancing practices. Schools will spend more time teaching healthy hygiene behaviors.

And while we don’t know what the final guidance will be from the state on face coverings, health guidance has been consistent on this topic. We will need to create a culture where students and staff who may choose or need to wear face coverings are simply part of a normal day for as long as it’s deemed necessary. We might all become experts at “smiling with our eyes” and we welcome that challenge because we know it’s an important step to reconnecting with the students who we miss dearly.

To help inform this important planning for the new year, we ask all families to join us in a virtual conversation about reopening schools.

You can participate here: www.wcpss.net/thoughtexchange

You’ll be asked to respond to one open-ended question, consider and assign stars to some of the ideas shared by others and learn what’s important to the group.

Your thoughts and stars are confidential. You can come back as often as you’d like to participate and rate ideas. We’ll use these ratings along with results from last month’s Remote Learning survey to help us understand the most important areas to focus on as we work on plans for the new school year.

Participation will be open until June 19, 2020.

We know that many of your children are excited to get back to their school communities. But we have to be meticulous about the process of reopening school so we can promote the safest environment possible for all the members of our community. And, even more importantly, we have to be open to changing directions if and when the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 change.

We are cautiously optimistic that we will have enough information to share initial plans with you in the coming weeks.

For now, we thank each of you for your support and input as we embark on this journey together. We have all grown in these challenging times, and we are hopeful that our new resilience will help us build a brighter and better future for our community’s children.

With warm regards,

Cathy Q. Moore,
Superintendent

WCPSS Commitment to Racial Equity

WCPSS Commitment to Racial Equity

One of the Core Beliefs of our school system states that “The Board of Education, superintendent, and all staff value a diverse school community that is inviting, respectful, inclusive, flexible, and supportive.”

These are difficult times. Yet, we remain dedicated to this belief. The senseless deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and most recently, George Floyd have given rise to some of the country’s deepest forms of anguish, fear, sadness and outrage.

As you may be aware, a few WCPSS students and staff members aggravated and trivialized the emotions felt by many across the nation, particularly members of the African American community, by making racist, vile, and thoughtless statements on social media.

To be sure, the racist actions of a few do not define our school system.  However, we cannot be silent in the face of racism in our community or beyond.  Our Core Beliefs compel us to see, to understand and to interrupt racism in all its forms.

These Core Beliefs challenge educators and families and require us to have a positive influence on the community beyond education. Through our collective work, perhaps we can create a way forward in dismantling racism and other negative influences that affect our school community and nation.

We encourage each of you to use this moment in history to strengthen your commitment to achieving racial equity.  This means working to address the injustices that exist beyond education by the conversations we have with others, by speaking up when we see hate, by supporting efforts that oppose racism and oppression, and by directly engaging in advocacy work.

Hold this compelling work closely to your heart. If children master academics but fail to appreciate the value of inclusivity, respect, and diversity, we as adults have fallen short of preparing them for tomorrow.

Keith Sutton
Chair, Wake Board of Education

Cathy Q. Moore
WCPSS Superintendent

Please join us in a virtual conversation about reopening schools!

Dear Wake County families,

We know many of you are anxious for information about returning to school. Some of you are eager for that day to come, and some are waiting for assurances on what will change and what will remain the same.

We’ve been busy working on plans for your child’s return. Today we want to share some of that information with you and ask for your help in making some critical decisions.

Please be assured that as we begin to make these important decisions, the health and well-being of every member of our community is at the forefront of our minds.

Know that we will base all decisions on health guidance from trusted sources – the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Wake County Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Our dedication to our academic mission and our commitment to challenging and engaging students in relevant, rigorous and meaningful learning won’t change.

But many other things will.

Students will learn new ways to navigate campuses to accommodate social distancing practices. Schools will spend more time teaching healthy hygiene behaviors.

And while we don’t know what the final guidance will be from the state on face coverings, health guidance has been consistent on this topic. We will need to create a culture where students and staff who may choose or need to wear face coverings are simply part of a normal day for as long as it’s deemed necessary. We might all become experts at “smiling with our eyes” and we welcome that challenge because we know it’s an important step to reconnecting with the students who we miss dearly.

To help inform this important planning for the new year, we ask all families to join us in a virtual conversation about reopening schools.

You can participate here: www.wcpss.net/thoughtexchange

You’ll be asked to respond to one open-ended question, consider and assign stars to some of the ideas shared by others and learn what’s important to the group.

Your thoughts and stars are confidential. You can come back as often as you’d like to participate and rate ideas. We’ll use these ratings along with results from last month’s Remote Learning survey to help us understand the most important areas to focus on as we work on plans for the new school year.

Participation will be open until June 19, 2020.

We know that many of your children are excited to get back to their school communities. But we have to be meticulous about the process of reopening school so we can promote the safest environment possible for all the members of our community. And, even more importantly, we have to be open to changing directions if and when the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 change.

We are cautiously optimistic that we will have enough information to share initial plans with you in the coming weeks.

For now, we thank each of you for your support and input as we embark on this journey together. We have all grown in these challenging times, and we are hopeful that our new resilience will help us build a brighter and better future for our community’s children.

With warm regards,

Cathy Q. Moore,
Superintendent

School Board Approves Most 2020-21 Calendars; County Offering COVID-19 Testing

2020-21 School Calendars

The Wake County Board of Education on Tuesday approved school calendars for the 2020-21 school year for all schools except single-track year-round schools. The board will decide whether it is required to convert single-track year-round schools to a traditional calendar on June 16, pending additional information from state leaders. Learn more.

COVID-19 Testing

The first testing event is taking place June 1-4, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the parking lot of the Wake County Commons Building, 4011 Carya Drive, Raleigh.