The ECU Community School started its fifth year of operation on Aug. 23 with in-person instruction for all 114 enrolled scholars.
“The first couple of weeks have been very positive at the Community School,” said Tracy Cole, principal of the school. “The scholars are so excited to be back on campus.”
After the first day of class, Cole met with her staff to discuss what went well and any changes that needed to occur.
“There were several comments that students were attentive during class, and they seemed to be excited about being back. Students were eager to learn,” Cole said.
Many of the safety protocols from the previous academic year stayed in place including wearing face coverings and handwashing breaks. Physical distancing measures shifted according to North Carolina’s recommendations from 6 feet to 3 feet.
A new strategy that the Community School started this year was a partnership with the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services to provide on-site COVID-19 testing.
“If a scholar or a faculty/staff member starts displaying symptoms, and if we have the parent’s permission, a COVID-19 test can be administered on site,” Cole said.
Eunetta Spells, the school’s administrative support associate, administers the test, bags it and contacts MAKO, the Raleigh-based company the school has partnered with to process tests.
“This keeps families from having to run around Pitt County to find a place to test, and we have …….