Friday, August 14, 2020

Saura Weekly Updates - August 16, 2020


Orientation - August 17-20

It's time for Orientation!  Thank you to everyone who has already signed up for an appointment.  We look forward to seeing our 500+ students and their families this week.

Please review the reminders about Orientation below:

- We ask that no more than two (2) family members attend the session with their student to limit the number of individuals gathered at one time

- All students and families should enter through the main entrance when they arrive on campus

- Masks are required on campus in order to attend Orientation

- Health screenings will take place in the lobby at the main entrance.  Screenings will include answering the screening questions below and a temperature check.  Please review the screening questions before arriving on campus.  Individuals who do not meet health requirements will not be able to attend orientation sessions in person.  If you have concerns that would prevent you from attending Orientation, please call the school and we will be glad to make other arrangements for your to pick up Chromebooks and meet your teachers.

Once students and families are screened, orientation sessions will begin in the gym at your appointment time. A small group of students and their families will meet with Mrs. Cheek and Mr. Tedder to learn about the school year including how instruction will look different this fall than in the spring.  

Following the introduction session, students and their families will visit the library for Chromebook checkouts and to gain access to student and family accounts.  Please bring $26.25 for Chromebook insurance which is required for each Chromebook.

You will then visit your students' teachers to learn about the courses they will be taking, how to access course materials, and ask any questions you have about expectations and communication.  Counselors, Forsyth Tech representatives and David Martin, our internship coordinator, will be in library for students and families wishing to inquired about these learning opportunities or meet with counselors about their schedules, graduation requirements, progress towards graduation and more.

Please plan to be on campus for approximately 60-90 minutes.

If you have not already scheduled an appointment, you may do so at the links below:

If you have not completed your enrollment forms, please do so before Orientation.

We look forward to seeing students soon! If you have questions about Orientation, please contact the school at 336-994-2995. 


Schedule for 2020-2021 School Year
The week of August 17 will be Orientation for all students.  Register for your Orientation appointment now if you have not already.

Beginning the week of August 24, Stokes County will follow Plan C, all remote learning.  Students and families will learn more about how coursework will be delivered during their orientation sessions.  Remote instruction this year will include regular live instruction during the school day allowing students to follow a traditional school schedule whether on campus or working remotely.  All remote instruction (Plan C) will continue until October 14.  

On October 15, Stokes County will move to Plan B participating in in-school and remote learning on an alternating schedule.  Students whose last names begin with A-K will attend school on "A" Days and last names L-Z will attend on "B" Days.  The calendar for this alternating schedule is available in the Stokes County Schools Re-Launch 2020-2021 Plan.  The South Stokes calendar has been updated with this schedule as well.

Please contact the school with any questions.

What School Will Look Like - Health & Safety
Many of you have asked what school will look like when students are back in school.  Stokes County Schools will be using guidance from local, state, and federal agencies to ensure a safe and healthy environment for students and staff.  Requirements will include health screenings,  masks and social distancing throughout the school.  You can view much of the guidance in the North Carolina Health and Human Services' StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit (K-12).  The guidance is  updated regularly based on the latest data and we will continue to update our plans accordingly.  We will share about the changes students will see at school during orientation appointments and you are likely to see new signage around campus.  

Reminder about the three W's

Each staff member, student, and visitor will be asked the following screening questions and have their temperature taken before entering the building:

1)  Have you had close contact (within 6 feet 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)  Do you have any of the following symptoms: fever, chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, new cough, new loss of taste or smell. 

3)  Have you been diagnosed with COVID-19?

If individuals answer "yes" to any of these questions, protocols will be followed according to the NCDHHS Guidelines.

Stokes County Schools has also published a Frequently Asked Questions document for families that addresses many of the questions and concerns you have shared.  Be sure to check out the FAQ document for more information.  Please call the school if you have any questions.

What School Will Look Like - Instruction
Students will sign in to classes at the usual class time (see schedule below).  Attendance will be taken and direct instruction will occur live with the teacher through Google Meet.  Students will be counted Present-Off Site when attending remote learning.  Students will have opportunities to ask questions each day and practice what is being taught in class.

Class Schedule
8:30 am - 10:00 am     1st Period
10:05 am - 11:35 am     2nd Period
11:35 am - 12:05 pm     Lunch
12:05 pm - 1:45 pm       3rd Period
1:50 pm 3:20 pm           4th Period

We need your help to make remote learning successful:

1)  Help students establish a routine which includes getting up and getting ready for class.
2)  Establish where students will complete their work.  They will be completing math problems, taking notes, etc. so working at a desk or table is strongly encouraged.
3)  Please let your teachers know of any concerns you have about your students' ability to access course materials or obtain necessary supplies.
4)  Talk with your students' teachers about your preferred method of communication so we can keep you abreast of progress.

School Fees
School fees for classes will be waived this semester.  The Chromebook insurance fee, drivers ed fee, "It's My Call" fee, and parking permit fee (when issued) will be required.  We encourage families to set up an account on School Cash Online. When fees are applied for spring semester or when yearbooks are available for purchase, field trip payments are due, etc. you will receive a notification and be able to see the fees on the site. You can then pay the fees online or in the office at school.

Child Nutrition
The Stokes County School Nutrition Program's Summer Feeding Program continues until August 31.  Meals can be picked up at any elementary, middle, or traditional high school between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm and is available for children 0-18 years old.  September 1st the usual school nutrition program will begin.  Families are encouraged to sign up for Free and Reduced Lunch to check their eligibility.  Meals will be available for curbside pickup at all elementary, middle, and traditional high schools.  Those picking up meals will need their students' cafeteria number for the point-of-sale transaction.  Find more information at and on the Stokes County School Nutrition website.


Breakfast - muffin, cup of fruit, milk
Lunch - Spicy chicken sandwich, baked beans, peaches, milk

Breakfast - Pancakes w/ syrup, juice, milk
Lunch - Ham and cheek hot pocket, green peas, mixed fruit, milk

Parking Permits
Applications for parking permits will not be available until closer to the time students return to campus.  We will share further details about parking at Orientation.

Sports Information
This week the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) announced a plan for shortened sports seasons which will begin in November.  The amended sports calendar can be found below.  The week of August 17 will be a "dead period" with no workouts that week.    Contact coaches for information about any scheduled workouts. 

You can view all of the NC High School Athletic Association's guidance regarding summer workouts online at


Chromebooks will be available for pick up at Orientation.  For students who did not turn devices in for the summer, these will need to be returned to school for updating and may not be ready for immediate checkout for the 2020-2021 school year until updates are complete.  Students who do not return Chromebooks will be charged $250.

The Chromebook insurance fee will be required for all devices this year.  Please bring $26.25 for the Chromebook fee unless you pay online on School Cash Online.


Upcoming Events

August 17-21
Orientation Sessions - Sign up at

August 24
Remote Learning Begins

Monday, September 7

Wednesday, October 14
End of 1st 9-weeks

October 15
"A" Day / "B" Day Schedule Begins

Helpful Links

Check out the links below to access for much of the information you'll need this school year!


Stokes County Schools

Stokes County Schools Re-Launch 2020-2021

Stokes County Schools Student Handbook

South Stokes High School Student Handbook

Link to 2020-2021 Stokes County Schools Calendar (revised May 2020)