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The Roanoke Rapids Graded School District plans to discuss the latest directive from Governor Roy Cooper in which he is strongly urging school districts to provide in-person instruction.

The Raleigh News and Observer reported today that during a press conference Cooper said, “We’ve learned much more about this virus, and now it’s time to get our children back into the classroom. Students should still have the option of remote learning this school (year) if that is best for them. And teachers who are at risk should be providing that remote instruction. But students who are ready to return to the classrooms should have that chance.”

The RRGSD said in a statement that following the updated guidance from Cooper, the state Department of Public Instruction and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services that Superintendent Dain Butler and other administrators will be meeting in the coming days to prepare for next Tuesday’s work session with the board of education.

“We were one of districts Governor Cooper referenced today that allowed face to face instruction in the fall for Pre-K through 5th grade students under the state’s Plan A guidance,” Butler said. “Our plan now is to look at how we can safely reopen under the revised state mandates. We received an updated NC Strong School Toolkit today which we will be reviewing. This new guidance includes some revised safe entrance protocols, social distance measures, and mask requirements. This will allow us to further consider bringing back middle and high school students in person.” 

The school board will meet virtually on February 9 at 6 p.m. and the meeting will be livestreamed on the district’s YouTube page.

Health department report

Today the Halifax County Health Department added 11 new positive cases of the novel coronavirus which bring the total cumulative positive number to 4,352 since March.

There have been 81 related deaths.

Health Director Bruce Robistow said the percent of positive cases in the county remain “very high, however, we are going in the right direction.”

We’re still very high, however we are going in the right direction


The health department is now scheduling appointments for the first dose of COVID-19 vaccinations on Friday for groups 1 and 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the 700 building of Halifax Community College.

The appointments are being scheduled by phone at 252-583-5021 extension 6221 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you are unable to walk, a team member will come and vaccinate you while you remain in your car. 

An updated registration form for first-time vaccines may be downloaded at this link.

It is not mandatory to complete the registration form prior to arrival for a COVID-19 vaccination, but is available for those who want to complete it before arriving.  

Registration forms will be available at the vaccine site. 

Group 1 includes:

Healthcare workers caring for and working directly with patients with COVID-19, including staff responsible for cleaning and maintenance in those areas

Healthcare workers administering the vaccine 

Long-term care staff and residents – people in skilled nursing facilities and in adult, family and group homes.

Group 2 includes anyone 65 years and older, regardless of health status or living situation. 

Rural Health Group

Rural Health Group is sponsoring a first dose vaccine event Saturday in Hollister at the Reverend CH Building on the powwow grounds in Hollister for those in the group 1 and 2 categories. The site is located at 130 Haliwa Saponi Trail and will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m.

Follow this link to sign up.

Northampton County

The health department reported Monday there were 1,529 total positive cases of which 1,420 have recovered. There were 44 active cases. There have been 65 related deaths.