E-Chowan preps for students' return


Amy Griffith, an art teacher at John A. Holmes High School, works to get her classroom organized before the start of school on Monday. Griffith said she has a lot of art projects planned for her students.


By Miles Layton
Chowan Herald

Friday, August 23, 2019

EDENTON — School bells will ring Monday for more than 1,800 students in the Edenton-Chowan Schools.

“We are very excited about the coming year as we continue to build upon recent success,” Edenton-Chowan Superintendent Rob Jackson said this week.

With roughly 300 faculty and staff members, the district is reporting nearly 100-percent staffing for the coming school year. The only vacancy is the choral instructor position at Chowan Middle School. Jackson said the district has a long-term substitute lined up for the class and is continuing to advertise the position.

Jackson said there are no significant policy or rule changes for students or staff.

“The school system continues to emphasize meeting the needs of every single one of our students,” he said. “We are building on our work last year in understanding the impact of adverse childhood experiences on children and focusing on building students’ resiliency and ability to succeed in spite of past challenges while providing support for our students’ emotional and mental well-being.”

School buses will be running early.

Jackson said the earliest students will be picked up is 6:30 a.m. The latest students will be dropped off is 4:30 p.m. Parents were scheduled to receive exact times for their children to be picked up and dropped off during school open houses if they did not receive them at the recent F.L.O.A.T. back-to-school event.

Meal prices will remain the same as last year. Students who pay full price for breakfast will pay $1.25. Those who pay a reduced price will pay 30 cents. The cost for full-price lunches remains $2.60, while reduced-price lunches will be 40 cents.

The district also will be offering a “Second Chance Breakfast” option at John A. Holmes High School this year. The option is for students who miss breakfast in the cafeteria or who are still hungry. Grab-and-go items will be available from carts in the hallways between first and second periods.

There are no new school fees for Edenton-Chowan students.

The district’s enrollment by school is 397 at White Oak Elementary; 442 at D.F. Walker Elementary; 471 at Chowan Middle School; and 558 at Holmes High School.

The starting and dismissal times by school are: 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. at White Oak; 8 a.m. and 3:05 p.m. at D.F. Walker; 8 a.m. and 3:10 p.m. at Chowan Middle; and 8:30 a.m. and 3:10 p.m. at Holmes High School.