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2020 Updates

The health, safety, and well-being of our students and staff are our top priorities. With the ever-changing COVID-19 (coronavirus) news, we want to share our communications, reliable resources, and reference documents. We will continue to update this information as it becomes available.

July 17, 2020 Update

As you may be aware, today, July 14, 2020, Governor Cooper announced that all schools will open this fall under the state’s “Plan B”.  Plan B includes moderate social distancing, in which only half of the students may physically report to school at a given time, while the other half of the students will participate remotely.  This is a balanced, flexible approach that also includes extensive daily screening and cleaning processes as well as a requirement for ALL students and staff to wear a face mask while at school.


Our Board of Education recently approved the general framework for Plan B in GCPS, which includes 2 separate groups of students alternating between two consecutive days of face-to- face school each week, with Wednesday being a remote learning day for all students.  So, essentially, students will physically report to school for two days of “face-to-face” learning at school and remain at home for three days of remote learning each week. 


Our Board also approved a provision to allow the district to begin this schedule on August 17 using a ‘staggered entry’ approach.  This means for the first two weeks of school, smaller groups of students will physically report to school in order to learn and understand the new screening processes, social distancing expectations, use of PPE and modified class schedules. This school year, all students and parents will be learning about many new expectations, processes and procedures for how school will operate.  Therefore, it is important that we do this with smaller groups of students in a staggered manner initially, to ensure the safety of everyone on our campuses.


Granville Early College High School will also operate under Plan B, but with a modified format, which will be different from all other schools.  Their individual plan will accommodate VGCC’s decision to have all of their courses delivered in an online format only.


GCPS is committed to providing CHOICES to our families.  Starting later this week, families can expect to receive additional information about how to sign-up for other choices they have available.  This process, known as “SaFE”, or Sign-up for Fall Entry”, will allow parents who do NOT want their children to physically report to school under Plan B to either: (1) apply to Granville Academy (our K-12 blended learning school); or (2) receive full remote instruction at their base school.  We want parents to feel comfortable about their decision for their children.  Everyone should remain on the lookout for more information about the “SaFE” process in the next few days.


Finally, GCPS will join a number of other districts in extending the suspension of all athletic activities until the NCHSAA gives further guidelines following Governor Roy Cooper's announcement today. We understand that may come later in this process. Therefore, summer workouts that were planned to begin on July 20 will be suspended until further notice.  All other non-athletic extracurricular activities are suspended until further notice, as well.


We understand that this is a very difficult and stressful time for our families and students.  We will continue to provide frequent communication and updates to our families using our automated phone system, emails, social media, our district website and our partners in the local media.  Please help us spread the word in sharing information found on our official channels of communication.  Thank you and we will be in touch soon!

GCPS Moves Forward on Re-Entry Plans

At a special called meeting on Thursday, July 2, 2020, the Granville County Board of Education approved plans related to the reentry of students to school this fall.  During the past four weeks, GCPS has been busy preparing three distinct plans as required by the state.  Governor Roy Cooper had planned to announce on July 1, 2020 which of these three plans would be enacted this fall.  However, he instead postponed his decision until later in the month.

Despite this delay, GCPS is moving forward to finalize plans so families and staff can prepare for which one the Governor eventually chooses, and are explained as follows:

Plan A - minimal social distancing - which is the least restrictive, is one where all students would return to school with extra attention to cleaning, health and safety.  This plan looks a lot like a traditional return to school, and is less complex to implement.

Plan C - remote learning for all - is the most restrictive, and is very similar to what families experienced this past spring.  GCPS has been busy working on ways to improve the instructional delivery and support systems should this plan be chosen.

Finally, under Plan B - moderate social distancing - only 50% of students would be able to return to school on any given day.  Many different possibilities and scenarios are being considered by districts across the state, but in each of these, separate groups of students would physically report to school on different days or weeks. 

Please view more information here.

Update May 22, 2020

May 15, 2020

GCPS to Hold Modified Graduation Ceremonies


Few events mark a rite of passage for young people and their families like a high school graduation ceremony.  Walking across the stage in front of one’s peers, family members and the entire community not only celebrate their significant academic accomplishments, but it also symbolizes a major transition in their lives.  It represents a true commencement of new opportunities, new adventures and of course, new responsibilities.  Granville County Public Schools has a proud history of celebrating its students on graduation day, but unfortunately, like countless other academic institutions across the country and around the world, the COVID-19 global pandemic has forced some unwanted, yet necessary changes.


By its very design and nature, traditional graduation ceremonies are a concentrated physical gathering of members of the community.  With the coronavirus now in our midst, we must make adjustments to ensure the safety and welfare of the public.  Currently, the Governor’s orders restrict and limit interactions and gatherings in a way that make such an event all but impossible.  As such, GCPS has been working with stakeholders to develop alternative plans to abide by safety policies and still honor our graduates in a meaningful way.  Committees have been at work to develop these plans.  The members included graduating seniors, parents, teachers, administrators and Board members.  Local health care professionals and law enforcement have been consulted, as well.  After much deliberation and discussion, several options were considered.  With the safety and welfare of our students, their families, staff members and the community as the primary consideration, one final recommendation has been adopted.


This year, the graduating class of 2020 will be recognized during a modified ceremony to be held at or near the same dates as originally planned.  While a compromise from the traditional format, this modified graduation ceremony will still have a personalized component that will celebrate and spotlight each student in honoring their accomplishments. Each graduate will be given a designated time to take that once in a lifetime “graduation walk” across the stage, before receiving his/her diploma.  All students will participate in this modified graduation ceremony on their high school campus.  Instead of gathering in large groups, each graduate and their guests will travel in their vehicle to participate in a “drive-thru” type ceremony, whereby their guests will enjoy a front row view of the stage from the protection of their vehicle.  One vehicle per graduate will be permitted.  Only the graduate will be permitted to exit the vehicle in an effort to honor the Governor’s Orders and all DHHS regulations at that time.  The Superintendent and some Board of Education members will be on hand with each school Principal to celebrate the momentous occasion and will be honoring “social distancing” measures.  A professional photographer will be on-site to take photographs for purchase.  


Graduation ceremonies are scheduled for the following days and times:


Thursday, June 11    10am - 12pm     Granville Early College High School

Thursday, June 11    1pm - 2pm         Granville Academy

Friday, June 12         9am - 1pm         South Granville High School

Saturday, June 13     9am - 1pm         J.F. Webb High School/ Webb Health and Life Sciences

Saturday, June 13     3pm - 7pm         Granville Central High School    


Each ceremony will be live-streamed online for the public to view in real time. In addition, a video recording of the entire event, including recordings of valedictorian and salutatorian speeches and other highlights, will be provided so all graduates and their families may have the entire event fully captured to celebrate and remember for years to come.  Finally, opportunities will be provided for those who wish to participate in the annual winter graduation ceremony.


Superintendent Alisa McLean commented, “I cannot think of too many events in a young person’s life that are more important to celebrate than their graduation from high school.  This is a time of joy and happiness that deserves as much recognition as we can allow given the circumstances of the pandemic.  While not ideal, this modified format will allow families and their students ways to actually be present and participate in the event.  It is far more preferable to having a virtual ceremony, which unfortunately is something many communities are forced to contemplate.  I look forward with excitement when I can personally congratulate each graduate on stage this year.”


Additional details on the process and safety guidelines for these modified ceremonies will be shared with graduates and their families in the coming days.  The primary goal of GCPS is to ensure that all risks to the health, safety and well-being of our students, their families, staff members, and the community at large are minimized as it relates to the current pandemic.  Staff will continue to consult with health care officials and law enforcement to ensure best practices are followed and that all plans are in compliance with statewide executive Orders related to the pandemic.  We wish our graduates nothing but the best, and look forward to celebrating this important milestone in their lives.


Board Chairman David Richardson offered his thoughts, stating, “While certainly not our first choice in how to commemorate graduation this year, this modified format will be done with the same care, preparation and dignity of any other.  We are determined to not let the current pandemic dampen our spirits during this time of hope and joy for our students.”

May 8, 2020

Dear Granville County Public Schools Families:

I hope you and your student(s) are doing well and remaining safe during this time.  Now that our Governor has announced that students will not return to regular instruction in classrooms the remainder of this 2019-20 school year, I thought it might be helpful to share some updates with our families regarding academics and grading.  To date, our teachers have been working to ensure remote learning has primarily consisted of non-graded material.  Various platforms have been utilized to connect with our students and we will continue to do our best to ensure quality teaching and learning experiences transpire for all. Our counselors, social workers and specialists are available to provide assistance, resources and guidance, as well, to the greatest extent possible, under these conditions.   So, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher(s) or administrators, if concerns exist or arise.  We are here, not only to help our students, but to help our parents and guardians who might need resources at this unprecedented time.  As such, please visit our school’s websites for updates and resources and our district website for COVID-19 specific information.  Our buildings might be closed but not our service to students, parents and families. 

The NC State Board of Education approved a temporary grading policy, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Under the policy, elementary and middle school students will not receive traditional grades for the year, and high school students in grades 9-11 will have the option of choosing between a grade of “pass”/”no credit” OR a numeric grade for their spring semester courses. 

In elementary schools, teachers will provide year-end feedback for students regarding learning from the full academic school year.  District leaders will work with principals and teachers to create a plan to record year-end feedback.  

In middle schools, students will receive a grade of PC19 (pass) or WC19 (withdraw) for the final course grades for all courses. A student’s grade will be “held harmless” for learning after March 13th. A grade of PC19 (pass) will be assigned to any student who was meeting expectations and passing the course as of March 13th or who worked to improve to the point of passing after March 13th through remote learning. 

For elementary and middle school students, teachers will document individual student strengths and needs from both, an academic and social/emotional perspective to ensure an effective transition from this spring’s remote learning to the 2020-21 academic year. Middle school students taking high school level courses such as Math I, Math II, World History, or Earth Science, will have the same grading options as high school students. Please see below.

High school students in grades 9-11 and non-graduating Seniors will be given a choice for how each final course grade will appear on the transcript for both, year-long and second semester courses.  Students will choose the option in his/her best interest after advisement from their teacher/counselor and in consultation with his/her parent or guardian.  Students will have two options for each final course grade: (1) Numeric grade, the highest grade representing learning as of March 13th OR (2) as improved through the semester as remote learning continued or PC19 (Pass) or WC19 (Withdraw).  Students who were not passing as of March 13th, will be able to raise his/her grade to a “pass” or a passing numeric grade. Otherwise, the course will not appear on the high school record.  Students will have until June 3, 2020 to submit assignments to improve his/her grades. 

Under the policy, a “WC19” does not equate to a failing grade. For K-8 students, promotion decisions will still be made based on the student’s progress prior to March 16. For high school students, the schools will work with each student to identify their best option for completing that credit in the future.  

For high school students, the grading policy means they will be “held harmless” for their remote learning since March 13th and that they can only improve their numeric grade, if they choose that option. Students will be able to choose how each final course grade will appear on their transcript at the end of the semester (after consulting with their teacher and school AND in consultation with his/her parent or guardian). For students who choose a grade of “pass” or “no credit”, there will be no impact on their GPA, either for the spring semester or year-long courses.  Students who choose to report a numeric grade, as the final grade on the transcript, the numeric grade will be calculated into the cumulative GPA, following the guidelines in SBE policy GRAD-009.  

Under a separate policy that the State Board adopted March 27th, graduating Seniors will receive for spring semester courses, a designation of “pass”,  if they were passing or “withdraw”, if they were failing, based on their performance by March 13th.   For students who had a failing grade, districts and schools have been directed to provide remote learning opportunities to help pupils to achieve “passing”.  As such, remote learning opportunities have been and will continue to be provided to students.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please refer to the FAQ attached to this mailing and please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher, guidance counselor or principal.  We are here to assist.  Please stay safe and continue to visit our website, and select the Coronavirus Updates page for updates. Attached for your reference are FAQs provided by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to address questions about grading for students.   Please remember that all of our campus parking lots are open if access to the internet is needed. Each school’s website is updated weekly and can be extremely helpful with resources.   Please take care and stay safe.  We will continue to update you as more information becomes available.  


Alisa McLean, Ed.D., Superintendent

Granville County Public Schools

April 22, 2020

An Update from GCCoC:

As concern over COVID-19 continues to grow, Families Living Violence Free has implemented an emergency plan to continue to provide services to our clients. First and foremost, we are concerned for everyone’s health and well-being. Effective Immediately: Crisis Hotline: Will be fully operating 24/7 for advocacy, connection to resources, supportive counseling and safety planning. Services will be provided by our advocates. For Victims and Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault: Families Living Violence Free will remain open during normal business hours to respond to client needs. After hours the crisis line will remain open. Clients are strongly encouraged to conduct business via phone or email when appropriate. If you are in immediate physical danger, please call 911. If further services are needed, you can contact advocates on the hotline at:919-693-5700(English)  919-690-0888(Hispanic)

STAKEHOLDER ANNOUNCEMENT USDA Offers Temporary Payment Deferrals for the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program WASHINGTON, April 21, 2020 – USDA Rural Development Deputy Under Secretary Bette Brand today announced that USDA is temporarily deferring payment for borrowers participating in the USDA Community Facilities Direct Loan program due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Effective May 12, 2020, through September 30, 2020, the USDA Community Facilities Direct Loan Program will temporarily allow borrowers with direct loans to request payment deferrals to assist those that are experiencing temporary cash flow issues due to the pandemic. On a case-by-case basis, USDA will provide the option of principal and interest payment deferrals to borrowers impacted by COVID-19 for up to one year due to hardship. The borrower must request any payment deferments from the Agency in writing. For additional information, please see page 22009 of the April 21, 2020, Federal Register. Questions regarding this announcement may be directed to your USDA Rural Development (RD) State Office. 

Granville Health Systemaccepting donations of handmade cloth masks. If you are able to sew, or know someone who can, please share this skill with us! Please contact Shields Blackwell at sblackwell@granvillemedical or 919-690-2148 for more information!

April 6, 2020

As we continue to implement our At-Home Learning Plans, we have developed the GCPS Notice of Virtual Meetings for Synchronous Learning linked here and attached. This document will be posted on the district's website and shared via BlackboardConnect. The document should also be posted on each school's website and teacher's webpage and learning management system page. We are even asking principals and teachers to share this with all parents via BlackboardConnect and student email. We also ask that you share it in your recorded messaging. In other words, we ask that you overshare the GCPS Notice of Virtual Meetings for Synchronous Learning.

April 6, 2020

We hope this message finds you well and getting through the ‘stay at home’ order by enjoying time with family this beautiful spring weather.  As you know, our child nutrition staff have been working hard to provide meals to students during this difficult time. During the week of April 10-17, staff will not be working, so the community will be stepping in to provide some options for our hungry children.  Instead of the normal meal locations, there will be only six sites during this week.

These are:

  1. CG Credle Elementary School
  2. The Oxford Housing Authority
  3. Stovall Shaw Elementary School
  4. The Highway 15 Trailer Park Neighborhood
  5. Butner Stem Middle School
  6. Mt Energy Elementary School

Volunteers will be on these sites between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm to distribute meals that have been generously donated by members of the community.  In addition, the owner of the Oxford and Butner McDonalds has also generously donated meal vouchers for children during this same time. These vouchers may be received at one of the six sites. Children must be present to receive these meals.


If you are interested in volunteering to help distribute meals during this time, please visit this site HERE for more information.  If you would like to make a monetary donation to support this effort, please visit the Union Bank branch in Oxford or Creedmoor.  Just tell the drive-thru teller you’d like to make a donation to support the Community Children Meal Program.

The school district plans to resume our child meal services on Monday April 20 with a modified schedule of three days a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) as long as our staff can safely do so.  We will provide updates for that program as needed.

We thank you all for your support of our children and the community.  Together, we will get through these difficult times. Remember to wash those hands!

April 2, 2020

GCPS continues to be dedicated  towards continuing learning for all students and staff.  Please view the letter for more information.

March 16, 2020

First, GCPS is providing an extended learning plan for March 16-30 for all students to ensure they can continue their learning while school is not in session. This supplemental learning can take place virtually or through the use of teacher-made handouts. All supplemental assignments will be aligned to current units or focus on reviewing content previously taught. Copies of assignments for those students that do not have internet access will be in the front office of your child's school from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17.  They will also be available on the school and district websites and through social media beginning at 11:00 am tomorrow. Other pickup times can be arranged by contacting your child's school. 

Second, we will be extending our drive-thru meal service to more than 25 sites by the end of the week.  School buses will be parked at various locations throughout the county to provide FREE meals to all children ages 2-18.  No documentation or paperwork is required, and children do NOT need to be present to pick up the meals.  Simply drive thru and grab what you need for your children - no strings attached!  NO child should go hungry during this time.  Details to follow very soon!  In the meantime we will continue drive thru meal service tomorrow at BSMS, MTEES and CGCES between 11:00 am and 12:30 pm.

Please encourage your student to continue learning and don't forget to wash those hands!

March 15, 2020 

Starting Monday, March 16, we will open drive-thru lunch service sites at the following schools:

  • Butner Stem Middle School
  • Mt. Energy Elementary School
  • CG Credle Elementary School   

Families can visit any of these sites between the hours of 11:00am and 12:30pm and get a FREE bagged lunch and breakfast for the next day. 

These FREE meals are available for all children between the ages of 2-18. 

We will expand these sites in the coming days and make home delivery available to students with special circumstances.  We do not want a single child to go hungry during this period when school is closed. 

Please take advantage of this opportunity and help spread the word to your friends, family, and neighbors.  Thank you!

March 15, 2020 

We are reaching out this evening with the latest updates.  This afternoon, Dr. McLean and senior staff participated in a conference call with state officials regarding the Governor’s decision to close school for the next two weeks.  While good information was shared in the call, there are still many uncertainties.  Here is what we can share with you now:

Staff are working to create plans that will support our students academically and are also developing ways to provide meals to students during this period of school closure.  You can expect to receive follow-up communications tomorrow with more details on how we will support our families with these efforts.

Also, you should know that we have created a one-stop information location on our district website HERE.  We will be posting the most up-to-date information for students, families, and staff members there for everyone to access.  Be sure to visit it and share as needed.

Thank you and we will keep you posted!

March 14, 2020

The Governor of NC just announced that starting Monday, March 16, there will be no school for students for at least the next two weeks. There is a conference call scheduled tomorrow afternoon for school officials at which time we will receive additional updates. All staff should plan for a workday, for Monday, March 16. Additional information will be shared with employees tomorrow following the conference call. Again, school has been cancelled for all students for the next two weeks. We will, of course, be in touch regarding ways we can still support our families during this time.

Stay tuned - together we will get through this! Have a great evening, and don’t forget to wash those hands!