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Julio Morales
Friday, March 13, 2020










MARCH 20TH, 2020

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Hello Hyde County School’s students, staff, and parents.

We are thrilled to let you know that yesterday our teachers opened our “Schools Without Walls” online learning classrooms for our students. I just wanted to let you know what it looks like for your students.

Our instructional staff has been developing lessons that they can share with our students in an online format. Our goal will be to be able to provide our students learning opportunities during times when, for whatever reasons, our schools may have to close. Many of the lessons will be very similar to what we have already been doing in many of our classrooms this year and follow our basic lesson design.

One new addition to our “Schools Without Walls” plan will the opportunity for our students to speak directly with their teachers through text, email, or video during that teacher’s “Office Hour.” Office Hours will occur at the same time each day. This will be a two-hour period time when students and parents can meet directly with your child’s teacher to ask questions or get help with digital assignments. Some of our teachers have already met with their classes virtually to practice using the technology.

We are all so excited but please understand, we are all stepping into a new environment and there may well be some growing pains, but we’ll work through them, together. I absolutely believe, if we continue to make decisions based on the best information possible, have faith and don’t doubt, we can do this and so much more. As always we will continue just trying to do what is best for our students!

Thank you,

Stephen Basnight, III
Hyde County Schools

MARCH 18TH, 2020

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Hello Hyde County School’s students, staff, and parents.

I am so excited to tell everyone about our Breakfast and Lunch meal program in all Hyde County Schools. Governor Roy Cooper has charged school districts with feeding children between the ages of 0-18 years old while schools are closed.

As some of you may know, we have students in Hyde County who attend schools other than Hyde County Public Schools. Hyde County Schools is committed to feeding all children, regardless of whether they attend a Hyde County School facility.

Each day on the Mattamuskeet side, between 10:30 am and 1:00 pm, our Yellow School Buses will be delivering lunch for that day and breakfast for the following morning to all students on the mainland.

On Ocracoke, lunches for today and breakfast for the following morning will be provided each day to be picked up in the NCCAT Dining Room based on the schedule established by Principal Leslie Cole.

On Tuesday, Mattamuskeet served 369 meals. This was an incredible accomplishment considering the entire Mattamuskeet Campus has a population of 397 students. On Wednesday, Mattamuskeet delivered 380 meals with Ocracoke started their program serving an additional 37 meals.

I just wanted to thank all of our staff, including Transportation Director Mrs. Tammy Sadler, for working so hard to make this program such an incredible success. Thank you to everyone for continuing to do what is best for students!

Thank you and
Stephen Basnight, III
Hyde County Schools

MARCH 12TH 2020

To the Students, Staff, and Families of Hyde County Schools: 

The Hyde County Schools District Leadership Team met today with Hyde County Health and Emergency Response Officials to formally establish a plan of action related to the most recent developments concerning COVID-19. 

We have already taken the following steps to help protect our students and staff in Hyde County Schools. Based on all current data, the number one recommendation is frequent and sustained hand-washing. We are also encouraging our students and staff to stay home if they are sick. Our Administrators have been monitoring attendance data districtwide to be able to respond to increases in absenteeism. We have also ordered two electrostatic disinfectant sprayer systems designed to kill a series of viruses, including COVID-19. 

From my notification yesterday, the N. C. High School Athletic Association has suspended all interscholastic athletics effective at 11:59 pm tonight, Friday, March 13th through April 6, 2020. This includes skill sessions, workouts, practices, and contests of any kind. 

As of 3:30 pm this afternoon, the North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper is not recommending the closing of schools. Also, as of this morning’s meeting, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Hyde County. 

Based on recommendations from Governor Roy Cooper, the Centers for Disease Control, State and Local Health Department Officials, and the Hyde County Schools District Leadership Team, Hyde County Schools is enacting the following mandates effective at 11:59 pm tonight:

  • Hyde County Schools will eliminate all non-essential out of district travel for students and staff.
  • Hyde County Schools has canceled all school field trips through April 6, 2020.
  • Hyde County Schools will no longer hold school assemblies or large group gatherings and will practice social distancing to the highest degree possible.
  • Hyde County Schools will limit visitor access to schools. Visitors, including parents or guardians, will not be allowed access to cafeterias, hallways, restrooms, or other areas of the school buildings other than the front office.

All of these protocols will be in place from 11:59 pm tonight, Friday, March 13, 2020 at least through Monday, April 6th. Hyde County Schools District Leadership will be monitoring developments and recommendations from all official sources and may extend the above restrictions beyond April 6th, where appropriate. 

In our District Meeting today, Hyde County Schools Leadership developed a “Virtual Learning Plan” for each of our district schools. Building Principals will be sharing this information and holding meetings with their staffs to address putting this plan in action in each of their schools as quickly as possible. 

The Parent Meeting concerning the Mattamuskeet Elementary School calendar for next year, Fall and Spring 2020-2021, scheduled for Monday afternoon at MES has been canceled. More information and opportunities to gain your feedback will be forthcoming.

We will continue to update our students, staff, and families as any new information becomes available.


Stephen Basnight, III


Hyde County Schools