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Board approves change to 2022-23 calendars

After feedback from our community and staff members, the Board approved a “calendar out” day for all calendars except year-round on Nov. 8, Election Day. This means there will be no school for students.

The Board will discuss changes to the 2022-23 multitrack year-round calendar during its meeting on August 16. ​​​​​​​ View the updated calendars.

COVID-19 guidelines updated

To minimize the spread of COVID-19, we follow prevention strategies from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This summer, NCDHHS phased out the StrongSchools NC Public Health Toolkit. Our updated health guidelines provide details on how to prevent the spread of illness and continued practices on cleaning and disinfecting our buildings.

As a reminder:

  • CDC recommends staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations to prevent severe disease.

  • Students and staff must stay home if they are sick, not feeling well, or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. Learn more.

  • We recommend all staff, students, and visitors wear masks as a way to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • Our schools continue to emphasize the importance of good hand hygiene and continue to incorporate opportunities for hand-washing throughout the school day.

  • Our schools continue to emphasize the importance of respiratory etiquette (Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and if you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands).

  • We continue to maintain the same levels of cleaning and disinfecting restrooms, classrooms, buses and cafeteria tables regularly.

  • To improve air quality, our schools are designed with increased ventilation to outside air and use MERV-13 high filtration filters in the HVAC systems.

  • For both the health and wellness of our students, our schools will continue to find opportunities to learn, eat and play outdoors.

Review our health guidelines.


WakeTogether partnership will recruit reading tutors An exciting and ambitious new community partnership launching this week is asking parents, employees and community members to come together to boost reading levels among Wake County Public School System students.

WakeTogether is a collaboration between the Wake County Public School System and lead partner, the YMCA of the Triangle. This evolving effort comprises additional partners including the WAKE Up and Read Campaign for Grade Level Reading partners Read and Feed, the Daniel Center for Math and Science, Boys & Girls Clubs of Wake County, WakeEd Partnership and Raleigh Parks. More partners may join as we continue this effort.

The heart of this initiative is mobilizing volunteers who will tutor in WCPSS classrooms. They will be well supported through effective training via the HELPS (Helping Early Literacy with Practice Strategies) program. This is an evidence-based program that aims to strengthen students’ reading fluency through one-on-one tutoring and small-group instruction.

“High Dosage Tutoring” will have a positive effect on student outcomes. And we will need more volunteers who are willing to commit to this work at least once a week, allowing them to build relationships with and provide consistency for students. Anyone interested in volunteering can visit WakeTogether to pre-register and to receive more information.

Volunteers will be asked to tutor at least once a week, either during the regular school day, or before or after regular school hours. This will allow for relationship building and consistency, which are critical components for the success of a tutoring program.

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