2021-2022 Archive

McDougle Elementary School Picture Day

A photographer from Strawbridge Studios will be at MES on 9/9/2021 to photograph your Dolphin(s)!

This link will allow you to sign up to receive updates via email regarding your child(ren)'s school portraits. These updates include promotions, additional deals and the ability to order more pictures at a later time. When entering student information, please be sure to enter the student's name as it is on file at the school.


MES will have a virtual Open House on September 1st from 6:00pm-7:10pm. There will be two sessions for each grade level in English and in Spanish. Please use the links in the flyer to choose which session you will attend. You only need to attend one grade level session; other open house opportunities include Gifted Education, Specials, Special Education, and meeting Support Staff.

August General Business Meeting

Tuesday, August 31 at 6 pm, Google Meet Only

All are welcome to attend! Agenda items include the introduction of the 2021-2022 MES PTA Board, approval of the 2021-2022 budget, discussion of community building initiatives, and time for open discussion.

The agenda for tonight's meeting is available here.

To join the video meeting, click this link: meet.google.com/hpj-pcxe-gdm

To join by phone instead, dial (US) +1 843-790-3306 and enter this PIN: 200 722 736#

More phone numbers: https://tel.meet/hpj-pcxe-gdm?pin=5040968797973

Outdoor Meals: Urgent Help Needed

Dear MES Families,

Eating school meals outdoors is an important way we can help to keep students and teachers healthy and in school. Our District's COVID safety plan says classes should eat outdoors whenever possible.

Please help us make outdoor meals safe and comfortable for all Dolphin students from the first day of school, August 23, 2021. There are several ways to contribute:

  • Contribute supplies via our Amazon Smile wishlist (https://smile.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1CCKEQO7DHFTK), which was created based on input from Principal Howard, teachers and staff. Donations will automatically be mailed directly to the school; you will not need to put in an address.

  • Lend items you may already have at home (most needed: canopy weights or sandbags, stakes) until additional supplies are provided by the District. It is not necessary to use the Amazon list to contribute - all donations are welcome, and may be dropped off at MES Monday-Friday, 8/23-8/27, from 8-3. If you would like to lend or donate a picnic table, please contact MES parent Andrew Nenque (andrew@nenque.com) to coordinate.

  • Donate to support our Outdoor Meals Initiative. You can donate via the McDougle Elementary PTA PayPal site. If you are interested in donating, please contact Jennifer Soliman, PTA President at president@mesptanc.org with any questions.

  • Help set up picnic tables and reinforce tents at a community workday taking place at MES on Saturday, 8/28 at 9 a.m. Please contact Andrew (andrew@nenque.com) for more information on the workday.

Thank you in advance for your support and generosity!

McDougle Parents

Dear Dolphin Families: Welcome Back! We hope you are enjoying the last days of summer vacation!

The first day for students in grades 1-5 is Monday, August 23rd. School hours are from 7:50am-2:35pm. Students may start arriving to school at 7:30am. MES students will continue to enter the school building like we did this past spring. Signs will be posted at the front of the school. Students will be dismissed from the front of the building. Information about dismissal location (by grade level) and car tags is being coordinated. Masks will be required.

Kindergarten parents should have received separate communication about the start of the school year for incoming kindergarteners. If for some reason you have not received that communication, this letter contains everything that you need to know.

This year, Open House will be held virtually on September 1st from 6pm-8pm. Please stay tuned for more information.

Greetings CHCCS Staff and Families,

August 23 is right around the corner, and there are still many questions needing to be answered. We have compiled this document in an attempt to provide pertinent information in accordance with current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), the Orange County Health Department (OCHD) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). We realize the guidance can, and likely will, change at some point, and we will stay in communication with you as adjustments are made.

To help us know what kind of information would be helpful to you, please take a moment to complete this very short form. Essentially, it asks one question: What information can we provide that will be helpful for your family? While answering every individual question is not feasible, we can certainly look for trends and devote our time to tracking down those answers for future communications.

Thank you for your continued support.

Jeff Nash

Office of Community Relations


Instruction/Remote Learning

  • Our schools will operate on a full-time schedule (5 days per week), implementing in-person instruction using collaborative, experiential, personalized and interactive instructional strategies.

  • We have a Virtual Learning Academy for high school students, grades 9-12. The enrollment period has been extended to August 25, 2021, for high school students who are interested in this option. Any high school students wishing to learn more should contact our Virtual Leadership Academy Administrator’s email: ksmoots@chccs.k12.nc.us.

  • Our plan is to expand our Virtual Learning Academy (VLA) to support students in Kindergarten through Grade 12. Although this is not feasible implementation this school year, we are exploring ways to meet the unique needs of our students, PK-12.

  • If a cluster (more than two) of students are out of school due to quarantine, (as determined by OCHD and CHCCS), remote instruction and/or alternative learning arrangements will be provided, which means teachers may have to temporarily shift to hybrid instruction. This year, hybrid instruction will mean using our new poly cams to provide students access to instruction so that students who have to be quarantined can remain at home and benefit from instruction continuing in their classroom. Alternative learning arrangements will be determined on a case by case basis and may look different in classrooms and schools across the district.

  • If a student (K-12) who attends school in-person is absent (unrelated to COVID-19), that student will follow the normal school policies for retrieving school work (Board Policy 4400).

  • For students who cannot return to school due to compromised immune systems, and depending on the situation, parents/caretakers may want to consider homebound instruction.

  • Devices should be taken home daily to ensure preparation to the maximum extent possible for potential closures. In the case of inclement weather, a classroom or school closure, or any other reason that would necessitate the closure of school, it is possible that learning would have to take place remotely on a temporary basis. In that case, we will provide as much notification to staff and families as possible.

Health/Quarantine Protocols

  • Masks will be required both indoors and outdoors for students and staff regardless of vaccination status (unless documented medical need, behavioral condition or disability warrants an exemption). We understand the importance of masking and teachers will provide physically distanced mask breaks outside as needed.

  • We will continue practicing physical distancing to the greatest extent possible for students and staff.

  • Staff and students should self-screen each day before coming to work/school. If in doubt, contact the school before leaving your house.

  • CHCCS will continue collaborating with Orange County Health Department (OCHD) for contact tracing and quarantine protocols.

  • All students that have COVID-like symptoms will be moved to a monitored isolation area until they can be assessed by the nurse and picked up by a parent/guardian.

  • Students sent home with COVID-like symptoms will be allowed to return with a negative PCR COVID-19 test or alternative diagnosis from their primary care provider.

  • Fully vaccinated individuals who are identified as close contacts, but are not exhibiting symptoms will not be required to quarantine.

Arrival, Dismissal & Schedules

  • School begins Monday, August 23.

  • Meet the Teacher events, including dates, times and structure, will be communicated by the respective schools.

  • Students arrive and dismiss using procedures set forth by each school.

  • Temperature checks upon arrival are no longer required.

  • The ABC Science Collaborative app ended with the conclusion of the 2020-2021 school year. Attestation forms should be filled out quarterly by staff and students and maintained at the school.

  • Staff and students should self-screen each day before coming to work/school. If in doubt, contact the school before leaving your house.

  • The bell schedule for the 2021-22 school year is as follows:

    • Elementary 7:50-2:35

    • Middle 8:25-3:20

    • High 8:55-4:00

  • All buses will have strict assigned seating to support contact tracing. All drivers should be at least six feet from students. Students will be seated 2-3 per seat.

  • Buses will be fully cleaned and disinfected after the morning routes, and at the end of the day, every day.

  • Students and drivers must wear a mask on any CHCCS bus.

Cafeteria/Meal Procedure

  • Masks may be removed while actively eating or drinking.

  • Outdoor eating will be the priority pending weather conditions and supervision and capacity considerations at each school.

  • Additional picnic tables, and in some cases tents, have been ordered to facilitate outdoor eating (and outdoor learning experiences) as much as feasible.

  • Both breakfast and lunch will be free for all students this year. We will be preparing hot meals. Students will go through the lunch line, students should be three feet apart.

Facility Use, Visitors, Volunteers and Field Trips

  • Per the Strong Schools NC Public Health Toolkit (K-12), activities that involve bringing together large groups of people or activities that do not allow for physical distancing (assemblies, performances, etc.) are prohibited.

  • Locker and book bag usage will be determined by each school.

  • Facility rentals have resumed on a limited basis, and regular procedures begin September 1.

  • Safety and security drills will resume.

  • Visitors, volunteers and field trips will be prohibited until further notice. These areas will be re-evaluated quarterly.

CHCCS Food Drive August 2-August 6, 2021

Greetings CHCCS Staff and Families,

Feeding our children has been a school district priority since the beginning of the pandemic. As summer comes to a close, food pantries are running low. Please help by dropping off non-perishable foods to the front lobby of any school in the district (or Lincoln Center) during the week of August 2-6. You can drop off your items between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Your donations will benefit four local hunger relief organizations: IFC, Meals on Wheels, PORCH and TABLE.

Here is a list of items that are especially needed:

Cereal, Pasta, Pasta Sauce

Canned Tuna, Rice, Hearty Soup

Peanut Butter, Jelly

Granola Bars, Macaroni & Cheese

Healthy Snacks, Canned Fruit, Canned Vegetables

Thank you for the way you continually take care of one another, and thank you in advance for contributing. If you have questions, please contact lauram@porchcommunities.org.