Hello MGSD community,
Out of an abundance of caution, the Mooresville Graded School District has made the decision to close South Elementary School beginning, Thursday, November 12, and running through Friday, November 27, 2020. During this time, students at South Elementary will revert to Plan C virtual learning. Students attending South Elementary will return to in-person learning on Monday, November 30, following the Thanksgiving Break.
Since Monday, November 9, the district has received notice of four positive COVID-19 cases at South Elementary. In addition, since Monday there have been 29 close contacts identified and 39 students and teachers required to stay home due to Covid-like symptoms as outlined in NCDHHS guidelines. Due to these increasing numbers, as well as the fact that the number of staff being quarantined for one of the reasons stated above makes it unsafe to conduct school in-person, the district felt it best to return to Plan C for two weeks.
When making the decision to bring the K-5 schools back to in-person learning at 100% capacity, MGSD was aware that this scenario would potentially occur and were upfront with our community about the possibility. We apologize for the burden this places on our parents; however, we will always strive to make decisions we feel are in the best interest of our stakeholders, and we will not sacrifice the safety of our students and staff. While our custodians and staff are working tirelessly to keep our schools clean and disinfected, we want to also ask that parents and staff follow all precautionary measures when outside of the school setting to help keep our schools safe and open for in-person learning.
District staff will continue to closely monitor our COVID-related numbers at all schools and will take appropriate action to keep our students and staff safe. At this point the numbers at our other schools do not warrant further action. We do want to remind everyone that the numbers can change quickly and therefore we all must be ready to return to a virtual learning environment upon very short notice.
Thank you for your support and understanding.