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NC 2-1-1 to Provide Assistance for COVID-19
 
Governor Roy Cooper has announced that 2-1-1 is the number to call for assistance and resources related to the COVID-19 coronavirus.   NC 2-1-1 is an information and referral service, operated by United Way of North Carolina, where families and individuals can obtain free and confidential information on health and human service resources within their community 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
 
Locally, United Way of Stanly County is proud to provide funding and support to bring 2-1-1 to Stanly and parts of Montgomery County. “NC 2-1-1 is an important resource every day for families in our community who may experience a crisis such as food insecurity or unemployment.  During times like this with the COVID 19 crisis, the needs of all North Carolinians will increase and I am proud 2-1-1 will be here to help,” said Salem Taylor, Executive Director of United Way of Stanly County.
 
“Services like NC 2-1-1 are critical during times of emergency,” said Governor Cooper. “We need to make sure North Carolinians have access to the resources they need while we continue to work together to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”North Carolinians can text COVIDNC to 898211 to receive general information and updates about COVID-19.   
 
Sign up now to get regular alerts on the rapidly evolving situation and North Carolina’s response.  Individuals who have specific needs related to food, shelter, energy assistance, housing, parenting resources, health care, substance abuse treatment, as well as specific resources for older adults and for persons with disabilities, and much more should dial 2-1-1 or TTY 888-892-1162 for assistance. 
 
Due to expected high call volume, those wanting to stay updated on general developments with North Carolina’s response to the coronavirus crisis should sign up for 211’s text alerts by texting COVIDNC to 898211. NC 2-1-1 cannot provide direct medical services, and COVID-19 can only be diagnosed by a healthcare professional.  
 
If you suspect you or someone you care for may have symptoms or have been exposed to the virus, you should contact your healthcare provider. If you do not have a provider, you can call your local health department or a Federally Qualified Health Clinic for guidance.
 
To learn more about NC 2-1-1, visit NC211.org
For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in North Carolina, go to ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus.

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United Way

 

United Way of Stanly County offices located in the YMCA have temporarily closed as of 3/17/2020 due to the corona virus concerns and staff are working remotely to continue to serve the community.

 

We can be reached via email at:

Salem Taylor, Executive Director

staylor@unitedwaystanly.org

Kelly Misiak, Community Impact Coordinator

kmisiak@unitedwaystanly.org

 

Our main priorities right now are helping ensure accurate and efficient public health and resource information, coordinating volunteer and supply needs for our local non-profits and accessing financial resources that can assist with immediate needs and long term recovery. We are in daily communication with state and national United Way and public service agencies to be informed of the steps that can be taken to help lessen the negative impact of the pandemic on our community, and we strongly encourage everyone to use 211 as the hotline to call with questions about assistance.

 

We are creating a dedicated fund for Stanly County coronavirus community relief and will have donation information posted on our website, www.unitedwaystanly.org and  our Facebook page soon. These funds will be for local non-profits who are providing basic needs and financial assistance to people impacted by the pandemic.

 

Our partner agencies have also been working to adapt their operations and services to the current conditions, and here is a summary of their status:

 

Stanly Community Christian Ministry (SCCM): Closed the Clothing Closet due to the corona virus health concerns, which severely impacts their operational revenue. The majority of funds for public assistance that SCCM provides comes from the income received by the Clothing Closet, so they are concerned about the shortfall with increased demand for rent and utility assistance that is already beginning due to people not having childcare or being laid off of work. They have adapted the Community Table meal sites to serve food to-go only and closed the dining rooms. The pantry is operating similarly, with volunteers filling boxes of food and distributing them rather than having clients shop the pantry. They are experiencing a volunteer shortage since many of their regular volunteers are high-risk for the corona virus and should not interact with the public.

Anyone who can help please go to their website: www.sccminc.org  click on the “Donate” tab then select Other and complete the online volunteer application form and they will contact you. 

        • Supply needs: Lysol, disinfectant wipes, diapers, food for the pantry, take-out containers for the Community Table meal sites
        • Volunteer needs: Healthy, non high-risk people (ages 18-60 with no immunity compromising conditions) to assist with food pantry operations, Community Table meals and administrative duties.

 

Crisis Assistance Fund (CAF): This agency works in partnership with SCCM to assist with large financial assistance requests, particularly those for housing and utility bills to PREVENT homelessness. They have already received twice as many applications for assistance this month with many related to lost employment wages from the corona virus. They are predicting a very large need for financial assistance in the coming months as many families who work in retail, restaurants, construction, healthcare and other service industries are unable to work from home and are being laid off.

  • Supply needs: Money for the fund to provide homelessness prevention assistance
  • Volunteer Needs: None at this time

 

American Red Cross: They are experiencing a significant blood shortage as MANY blood drives have been cancelled due to the corona virus. Often, blood drives are organized and promoted by a large workplace or church, and with the adaptation made from the virus concerns, the blood drives have not been feasible. To address this need, our local Red Cross office is hosting a series of emergency blood drives on March 24th, 25th, 31st and April 1st. See flyer for details on this and other blood drives in our region on their website: https://www.redcross.org/local/north-carolina/greater-carolinas.html

  • Supply needs: None at this time
  • Volunteer needs: blood donors

 

Homes of Hope/Community Inn shelter: They have adapted shelter protocols to implement precautions and prepared staff and volunteers for best practices in conjunction with the Health Department and emergency management guidelines. If you can help with cleaning supplies or would like to volunteer, please contact Shanta Watkins at 704-982-3634 ext.3

  • Supply Needs: Disinfectant sprays, wipes, cleaning products for families in transitional housing
  • Volunteer needs: To be determined: Staff shortages could occur, too soon to know

 

Stanly County Senior Services: Group classes have been cancelled at both the West Stanly and main Senior Center building in Albemarle, however staff is at the main center to take calls. Senior meal programs are still operating, but are take-out and delivery only.

Anyone over 60 needing assistance with food or basic needs, please contact them at 704-986-3769

  • Volunteer needs: Healthy, non-high risk people 18-60 to deliver meals and other needs as they arise

 

Stanly County 4H: All in person classes and programs have been cancelled, has developed a daily online STEM lesson, developing other online educational programming. For details contact Kacie Hatley at Kacie_hatley@ncsu.edu

 

Esther House: They have adapted shelter protocols to implement precautions and prepared staff and volunteers for best practices in conjunction with the health department and emergency management guidelines. If you can help donate supplies, please call their main office at 704-961-7502 to arrange drop off.

  • Supply Needs: Nonperishable food, cleaning supplies, feminine products

 

Habitat for Humanity: Resale store currently closed for renovations but is still picking up donations, has one active home build going on in Stanly County and one in Montgomery County. If you can help donate supplies, please call 704-985-1050 or email Bryan Price at bprice@stanlyhabitat.org

  • Supply Needs: Masks, gloves for volunteers

 

Stanly County Family YMCA: Is closing fitness facility as of March 18th, but continuing to provide childcare services to currently enrolled participants. Online fitness classes are available through Y360, and access details are on their website, www.stanlyymca.org

Members will receive updates shortly via email.

 

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Parents, Caretakers, and Educators--

We are emailing and texting parents today to ensure everyone is aware that there will be no school as normal for at least the next two weeks.

Governor Roy Cooper has ordered all public schools to close for at least the next two weeks.  I support the Governor's decision.  The safety and well-being of students is a top priority for NC public schools.

We've never experienced anything like this in our lifetimes. The coronavirus response has rapidly evolved in just two weeks from reminders to wash hands to a national emergency.  We are all having to make very difficult decisions on how to keep ourselves safe and healthy.

We know this will not be easy for anyone, and we are working closely with local officials, legislators, and the governor's team to help our state and families best cope with these measures. Resources and strategies, such as online learning options, are being shared with local officials who will start to implement them as possible.

You can find the most recent updates from the state here.

No one is happy that we find ourselves in this situation, but we will persevere.

As a nation, we have overcome worse by working together. When we face seemingly insurmountable challenges at their worst, we put other issues aside and respond with our best.

Please stay safe and take care,

mj

Mark Johnson
NC Superintendent of Public Instruction
@MarkRJohnsonNC
NCsuperintendent.com 

 
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Stanly County Schools

Dr. Jeffery R. James, Superintendent



March 15, 2020 



Dear Parents and Guardians, 

By now you may have heard that schools will be closed for two weeks as a precautionary measure to reduce the spreading of the Coronavirus.  Below are specific actions we will be implementing: 

  • Monday, March 16 - Friday, March 20: Teacher Workdays (sheltered professional days) with no school for students.  All staff will report to work to finalize Home Learning Plans which may include a packet of work or digital learning assignments.  Teachers will use the remaining days for professional development and planning. Please have your child check Canvas, Google Classroom, website, and/or email for specific instructions.
  • Wednesday, March 18 - Friday, March 20: Parents/Guardians are invited to pick up student work, if applicable, from the school between the hours of 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.  Devices will be available at this time. There will NOT be an opportunity to pick anything up from the school after 3:00 PM on Friday.  Should there be any needed items (glasses/medication) that a student left in their classroom/school, you may pick these up at this time. 
  • Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17:  School will be closed. No students or parents are to come to the schools.  
  • All sports fields will be closed. This includes after normal school hours and weekends. This will allow the District to thoroughly cleanse and disinfect the campus.
  • The week of March 23-27 - “Work from Home” plan will be followed.

As a district, we have been working to create “Work from Home” learning plans for continuity of instruction during this school closure. The purpose of creating these plans is to provide a continuity of learning in content areas while the schools are closed.  In grades 6-8, work will be communicated for Core Content areas, including English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science. High schools will communicate assignments for students’ 4 blocks of instruction.

  • If your child receives special education services you will be contacted to reschedule any IEPs scheduled during the closure or provide the team an alternative method to “meet”. 
  • All teachers will be available to answer your emails during school closure. They are eager to make every effort to stay in communication with your family during this period of time. As this is new to all of us, we ask for your patience and understanding.
  • NC VPS, CCP, and SCOL courses will continue.  Students need to continue to log in to their LMS.

Students may be feeling anxiety and fear due to the immense attention regarding the Coronavirus in the media and in our homes. There are many great resources for speaking with children about this health crisis. Below is a list of helpful resources: 

  • CDE: Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019: Message for parents, school, staff, and others working with children: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019- ncov/community/schools-childcare/talking-with-children.html 
  • Child Mind Institute: Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus (English and Spanish) - https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/ 
  • National Association of School Psychologist – Talking to Children About COVID-19: A Parent Resource: https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources- and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to- children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource 
  • World Health Organization: Helping children cope with stress during the 2019-nCoV outbreak: https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/helping-children- cope-with-stress-print.pdf?sfvrsn=f3a063ff_2 

Finally, I would like to extend my heartfelt wishes for the health and safety of all of our families during this unprecedented time. We will continue to work during this time and are available to answer any questions and hear any concerns you may have. I will continue to communicate updates as they become available. Please continue to check your email and school and district social media platforms for information. 

Our primary goal is to ensure your children are safe and are provided with an appropriate continuity of learning. Our community is strong. Please take care of each other. 



Best regards, 


Tim Woody, Principal Stanly Academy Learning Center

 
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Please continue to stay informed with accurate updates.

We realize this is a difficult time, and may cause concern for miscommunication. Decisions made addressing the SCS district are carefully considered.
We receive guidance for our school district from Governor Roy Cooper's direction.
Help us to dispel any miscommunication!
All official updates will be sent through SCS phone messages, emails, website announcements, and SCS social media accounts.
Please continue to check the SCS district website: www.stanlycountyschools.org

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