Wilkes County School Superintendent Mark Byrd sent a recorded “school messenger” message Sunday evening sharing information with parents and other guardians about plans for the next two weeks when all K-12 schools in the state are closed as ordered by Gov. Roy Cooper.

Byrd stated, “Monday, March 16 will be a required teacher workday. Bus drivers, teacher assistants and child nutrition workers should not report to work until you have further information.

“Parents will be contacted early this week by your child’s school with information about how you can help your child focus on learning during this two-week window. Our website and social media will be updated tomorrow with information about what students can do to obtain meal service during this closure, beginning Tuesday, March 17.”

He concluded, “Thank you for your patience as we deal with this unprecedented situation. I hope that you and your family stay safe and calm.”

Cooper announced Saturday that he had issued an executive order directing all public schools to close for two weeks beginning Monday, March 16.

Cooper said the two weeks would allow time to gain a better understanding of the impact of COVID-19 and develop a plan for continued learning for students should a longer closure be needed.

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