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McClenny selected as Chief Academic Officer

            Jody McClenny will serve as Carteret County Public School System’s Chief Academic Officer. The announcement was made this afternoon by Superintendent Dr. Rob Jackson. For the last several months, Chief Technology Officer Mike McKay served as the Interim Chief Academic Officer until one could be selected.
            Mrs. McClenny currently serves as the principal of Newport Elementary School. She will assume her new role March 1, 2021. Dr. Jeff Murphy will serve as the interim principal of Newport Elementary School and a new principal will be selected in the coming months.

            A native of Harkers Island, Mrs. McClenny is a 1993 graduate of East Carteret High School. She received an undergraduate degree in elementary education from Trebecca University in Tennessee. Mrs. McClenny taught elementary school in Nashville, Tennessee, for two years before returning to Carteret County.

            In 2001, she returned to Carteret County and joined the staff of Newport Elementary School as an elementary teacher. She received a master’s degree in school administration from East Carolina University and was named the assistant principal of Newport Elementary School in 2014. Mrs. McClenny was selected as Newport Elementary School’s principal in 2016.

Mrs. McClenny is perhaps the only Carteret County Public School educator to have been selected as the county-wide Teacher of the Year, Assistant Principal of the Year and Principal of the Year. She was named the 2019-2020 Carteret County Principal of the Year, the 2015-2016 Carteret County Assistant Principal of the Year and the 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year.

            Dr. Jackson said he was very pleased with the quality of the candidates who applied for the position of Chief Academic Officer, and noted he appreciated each one’s interest.

“Mrs. McClenny has proven herself to be an amazing instructional leader,” Dr. Jackson said. “Her history in Carteret County Public Schools as a very successful teacher, assistant principal, principal and advocate for student success is substantial. Her expertise in curriculum and instruction will be invaluable as we continue to navigate these challenging times. I am excited to have the opportunity to work closely with Mrs. McClenny to amplify and support the incredible teaching and learning taking place across the school system, even as we seek to continuously improve on our abilities to meet the needs of our students across learning environments.

            Mrs. McClenny said she is excited about the new role, but will miss Newport Elementary School’s students, staff and families.

            “Newport Elementary School has been my ‘home’ for 20 years,” Mrs. McClenny said. “Our school is a wonderful place of learning and has a strong and supportive community. I will truly miss the day-to-day relationships with students and the staff members. While I have worked at this one school as a teacher, assistant principal and principal, I have also been involved with other schools and at the county level and that has given me a broader picture. I look forward to working with and supporting our academic leaders across the county. The Carteret County Public School System is outstanding, and I am fortunate to be part of this team.

            Dr. Jackson announced that Dr. Jeff Murphy will serve as the interim principal of Newport Elementary School though the end of the year. Dr. Murphy previously served as the interim principal of Newport Middle School.

Update on Middle School Sports

In order to provide athletic opportunities for more of our students this school year, each middle school in the county will be conducting sports skills clinics. Carteret County Middle School sports for the 2020 - 2021 school year will not include official team selections and competitive play. This decision was not made lightly. We value athletic play and know that athletics is a wonderful opportunity for middle school students. The Sports Skills Clinics will be offered to allow middle school students to safely participate in athletics.

If this opportunity is something you are interested in for your Cohort A/B or 100% virtual student(s), an updated school physical on the CCPS form and a CCPS sports packet will be required. Additionally, all students participating are required to have passing grades of 60 or higher on their Quarter 2 report card.

Information from each school will be forthcoming.

Thank you for your patience and continued support during these unprecedented times. We look forward to a day when school life can return to what we all know and love.

School schedule reminder

As a reminder, on Monday, January 18, 2020, Carteret County Public Schools will be closed for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

Carteret County Public Schools will resume face-to-face instruction on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. Elementary students will return to school five days a week, unless their parents have opted for 100% remote learning. Middle and High School students will return to the hybrid schedule unless their parents have opted for 100% remote learning.

Middle and High School students in Cohort A will attend school in-person on Tuesday, January 19 and Wednesday, January 20. Middle and High School students in Cohort B will attend school in-person on Thursday, January 21 and Friday, January 22.

Beginning Monday, January 25, Middle and High Schools will return to Cohort A attending on Mondays and Tuesdays with Cohort B attending on Thursdays and Fridays.

For questions about cohort assignments or school schedules, please call your child's school.

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The Carteret County Public School System serves the students of Carteret County, a county located on the beautiful Crystal Coast of eastern North Carolina. From Cedar Point to Cedar Island there are 85 miles of beautiful coastal scenery, friendly towns, and 18 public schools that are committed to creating opportunities for all students to do their best and to succeed.

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Carteret County Public Schools Announces Revision to Quarantine Protocols


On December 2, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued an update to the "Options to Reduce Quarantine for Contacts of Persons with SARS-CoV-2 Infection Using Symptom Monitoring and Diagnostic Testing." This update recognized that "a 14-day quarantine can impose personal burdens that may affect physical and mental health as well as cause economic hardship that may reduce compliance. Implementing quarantines can also pose additional burdens on public health systems and communities, especially during periods when new infections, and consequently the number of contacts needing to quarantine, are rapidly rising."

The CDC has stated that for non-symptomatic individuals identified as close-contacts, "Quarantine can end after Day 10 without testing and if no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring." Additionally, "quarantine can end after Day 7 if a diagnostic specimen tests negative [on Day 5 following exposure or after] and if no symptoms were reported during daily monitoring." These options have been approved by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) and by the Carteret County Health Department. The CDC, NCDHHS, and the Carteret Health Department continue to recommend a 14-day quarantine period, but each has approved these options as an acceptable alternative.

These options are currently in use in Carteret County by the Carteret County Government and by Carteret Health Care. As authorized by the CDC, NCDHHS, and the Carteret Health Department, the school system will utilize the 10-Day and 7-Day quarantine options for non-symptomatic close contacts effective immediately. As required by the CDC, “To minimize the potential risk for further spread, persons who have been released from a shortened quarantine should continue to monitor their health for symptoms of COVID-19, avoid close contact with others (including persons in their household), and cover their nose and mouth with a mask when around others for the remainder of the 14 days.”

Please note in the elementary schools under Plan A, on school buses, in some EC classrooms of the middle and high schools, and in high school athletics, maintaining a social distance of six feet is typically not possible. When asked for guidance on this, after consulting with the NCDHHS, Carteret Health Department Director Stephanie Cannon stated that individuals should "social distance to the extent possible."

The Carteret County Public Schools system is committed to the physical, mental, social, and emotional health of all students and staff and will continue to carefully and conscientiously follow and monitor all COVID-19 protocols as required by the CDC, the NCDHHS, and the Carteret Health Department.

PowerSchool Mobile App

Ever wonder what your child is doing in school?  How did he do on that test at school today?  Was she counted present today?

Well you can access this information and much more with the PowerSchool Mobile App.  You can signup for all of your children under one account.  You can also receive real-time push updates anytime a grade or attendance is updated.  Check out the PowerSchool Mobile site for more information.  This is available for Apple and Android devices.

You can also access the same information through your computer, by accessing https://carteret.powerschool.com/public/

If you have never setup a parent account, there are just a few security steps to verify parental status and get you access:

1.  Complete the Parental Request Form for Access and send in with your child or deliver to your school office. (One is needed for each child, if at different schools.) 

2.  Stop by the school and show your state-issued picture ID.  (You must be a parent or legal guardian to receive access.)

3.  Your school will issue you a sheet similar to the one linked HERE.

4.  Go to a computer with internet access and complete the Parent Portal Instructions.

Board votes to alter January school schedule

Carteret County Board of Education members voted December 16, 2020, for all students in the school system to attend school January 6 through 19, 2021, via remote learning. The second semester for all students begins January 6, 2021. All grade levels, pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, will return to school on Plan C - Remote Learning. On Tuesday, January 19, 2021 elementary school students currently attending school for face-to-face instruction will resume Plan A while middle and high school students will return to Plan B

Today's decision was based on the county's spike in COVID-19 cases after the Thanksgiving holiday and the predicted spike in cases after the winter break. The last day of school for students will be December 18.

"The Carteret County Board of Education members recognize the importance of face-to-face instruction and have been very pleased to have so many of our students attending school for face-to-face instruction," Superintendent Dr. Rob Jackson said. "Today's decision was not an easy one for the Board members but was made out of an abundance of caution. I greatly appreciate our Board of Education's dedication and commitment to the safety and well being of our students and staff members."

Teachers and staff members will report to their regular school/work site on January 4, 2021.

Meals will be available for students during this time out of school. The dates, times and locations of meal pickup and possibily delivery will be announced no later than January 5, 2021.

School system elementary students are on Plan A

The Carteret County Board of Education met September 24, 2020, in special session to consider revisions to the elementary school schedule based on the Governor’s September 17, 2020, announcement. Board members voted to transition elementary school students to Plan A, which is five-day a week face-to-face instruction, beginning October 19, 2020. Middle school and high schools will continue to operate on Plan B. All students may continue to opt to be 100 percent virtual. 

Beginning October 19, 2020, pre-kindergarten through fifth grade elementary school students in Carteret County may attend school five days a week for face-to-face instruction. Families may opt for their elementary students to attend 100 percent remotely.

For elementary students opting to attending face-to-face five days a week, here is more information:

Face coverings for students and employees will continue to be required.

Wellness Checks will continue for school bus riders and car riders.

Social Distancing will continue in common areas such as hallways, restrooms, etc.

Social Distancing will be adhered to in classrooms when possible but there will be times when students may be within six feet of each other for extended periods to time.

Buses may operate with multiple students in a seat, and schools may need to operate double bus routes.

Dr. Rob Jackson

Richard Paylor
Assistant Superintendent for Strategic Improvement

Blair Propst
Assistant Superintendent for Personnel, Policy & Student Services

Employees of the Year

The five overall winners are

Chick-fil-A Teacher of the Year
Jody Stouffer
Kurtis Chevrolet gave the Teacher of the Year keys to a new car he can use free for one year.

Coastal Bank & Trust Principal of the Year
Jessica Emory

Tim Hudson Painting Classified Employee of the Year
Brittany Dilgard-Padgett

Plain Jane's Cleaning Service Assistant Principal of the Year
Kimberly Hughes

Kirkman and Whitford Law Firm Certified Employee of the Year
Pam Roberson