New Hanover High School


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School Reopening 2020-2021

COVID Information for Parents- October 23, 2020

In an effort to provide you with as much information as possible about Plan B, please read the guidelines set by the NHCHHS concerning your child’s safety and report the following to our school nurse, Laurie Parks, by phone: 251-6100 ext. 74549, or email:
If your child has had a close contact exposure with a positive case of COVID.

  1. If your child has had a positive COVID test within the last 10 days.
  2. If your child is displaying any of the following COVID symptoms
    ●       Fever of 100.4 or greater
    ●       Chills
    ●       Shortness of breath / difficulty breathing
    ●       New cough
    ●       New loss of taste or smell

If your child is sent home for symptoms of COVID, we strongly encourage you to seek medical attention.

If your child does not see a doctor to be tested OR if your child tests POSITIVE at the doctor, they must remain out of school for at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms. They may return to school when you can answer yes to the following 3 questions.

  1. Has it been at least 10 days since your child first showed symptoms?
  2. Has it been at least 24 hours since your child had a fever without fever reducing medication?
  3. Has there been symptom improvement?

If your child is seen by a doctor and tests NEGATIVE, they can return to school when

  1. They have been fever free for 24 hours without medicine.
  2. They have experienced an improvement in symptoms.

If the doctor does not test your child, but provides a written alternate diagnosis, your child may return to school following normal school policy specific to the diagnosis.

If your child is sent home for exposure to a positive case, they must stay home for 14 days from their last day of exposure. EVEN IF THEY TEST NEGATIVE DURING THIS TIME, THEY MUST COMPLETE THE FULL 14 DAY QUARANTINE.

Upon return to school, you will need to accompany your child to the office with any documentation regarding release from isolation/quarantine or alternate diagnosis. They may not board the bus or be dropped off in the car line on their first morning back from the illness. Please park and walk your child to the front of the school for clearance by school nurse or administration.

Please feel free to call with any questions.

NHCS is open under Plan C through the first grading period and will transition to Plan B  under the AA/BB model on October 12th.
Beginning on Monday, October 12 students in groups A and B will rotate in-person and remote attendance, with students in Group A attending on Monday and Tuesday and students in Group B attending on Thursday and Friday. Wednesday will be a remote learning day for all students. Group assignments will be communicated at the school level. Families who still want a full remote option will be able to participate in a 100% remote learning option.

Students with an Individualized Education Plan or IEP, and English language learner students, identified by our ESL programs as newcomers with two years or less in the US, will be invited to attend school for face to face instruction on days A and B, attending school, every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesday will be a day of remote learning for all students. 
Under Plan B, AA/BB schedule, there is no change to instruction for students enrolled in Virtual Academy. Families wanting to transition out of the Virtual Academy can do so at the end of the nine-week grading period for elementary and middle school students and at the end of the semester for high school students. 
School Arrival Health Screening Procedures
  • Every student will be required to go through a temperature checking station and be wearing a mask before entering the building.
  • No student may arrive on campus before 7:30 am.
Transportation - Student Groupings
  • Students with last names that begin the A-K will come to school on Mondays and Tuesdays.
  • Students with last names that begin with L-Z will come to school on Thursdays and Fridays.
  • Some exceptions will be made for ESL and EC students.
  • All students will participate in remote learning on Wednesdays.
  • If you have not requested a bus, you MUST request transportation to have access to buses. Bus Request Form (Spanish)
  • Every student that rides a New Hanover County School bus must submit a Bus Attestation Form for the 2020-2021 school year. The guidelines and form are linked.  They can be printed, signed, and sent to
For more information and current updates, make sure to visit Dr. Morgan's Blog.