Communication to parents regarding temperature screening:

    The infrared thermometers used in our schools read the surface temperature; therefore, if your heat is on in the car the reading may be higher.

    Tips to avoid this include: turn the heater down for a few minutes prior to arriving at school, turn vents so they are not blowing on the child directly, and remove caps, toboggans, or hoodies prior to arrival to school.

    If a student has an elevated temp during the drop off screening, we will ask the driver to pull over and we will recheck the student in about 10 minutes.

    Please have patience as the process may take longer than it has in the past due to weather conditions.

    From information received from the NC Department of Health and Human Services infrared thermometers are safe for use in reading the surface temperature of a child or adult. Infrared thermometers measure the body's surface temperature without emitting any radiation or signal to do so. The human body itself emits radiation in the form of heat. That heat is called infrared radiation.

    An infrared thermometer reads the heat radiation coming off of the skin of the forehead; it receives radiation, it does not send radiation. The amount of heat radiation being picked up from a child is converted by a thermometer into a temperature value. Sometimes a child that is flushed and hot from being outside or in a warm car will read as having a fever because they are temporarily putting out a lot of body heat radiation. If they are allowed to rest and cool off they will read normal later.


    Comunicación a los padres sobre la toma de temperatura:

    Los termómetros infrarrojos utilizados en nuestras escuelas leen la temperatura de la superficie; por lo tanto, si la calefacción está encendida en el automóvil, la lectura de la temperatura puede ser mayor.

    Los consejos para evitar esto incluyen: apagar la calefacción por unos minutos antes de llegar a la escuela, girar las rejillas de ventilación para que no soplen directamente sobre el niño y quitarse las gorras, los gorros o las sudaderas con capucha antes de llegar a la escuela.

    Si un estudiante tiene una temperatura elevada cuando lo viene a dejar, le pediremos al conductor que se detenga y volveremos a revisar al estudiante en aproximadamente 10 minutos.

    Tenga paciencia ya que el proceso puede demorar más que en el pasado, debido a las condiciones climáticas.

    De la información recibida del Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos de Carolina del Norte, los termómetros infrarrojos son seguros para leer la temperatura de la superficie de un niño(a) o un adulto. Los termómetros infrarrojos miden la temperatura de la superficie del cuerpo sin emitir ninguna radiación o señal para hacerlo. El propio cuerpo humano emite radiación en forma de calor. Ese calor se llama radiación infrarroja.

    Un termómetro infrarrojo lee la radiación de calor que sale de la piel de la frente; recibe la radiación endevez de enviar la radiación. La cantidad de radiación de calor que el termometro recibe un niño(a) es convertida por el termómetro a valor de temperatura. A veces, un niño(a) que está enrojecido y acalorado por estar afuera o en un automóvil caliente leerá que tiene fiebre porque está emitiendo una gran cantidad de radiación de calor corporal temporalmente. Si se les permite descansar y refrescarse, leerán normalmente más tarde.

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  • Sugar Loaf Elementary School Moving to Remote Instruction through Jan. 17

    Effective Jan. 12, Sugar Loaf Elementary School will begin remote instruction due to a staff shortage which limits the ability to safely and adequately supervise and educate students. This decision is based on 55% of core instructional staff being absent today. The administration will reevaluate over the weekend to determine if changes need to be made to the scheduled return on Jan. 18. Additional information will be posted on the website and social media. Parents have been notified through the mass notification system of the remote instruction plans and may contact the school with any additional questions.

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  • Tonight’s school board meeting will be virtual due to climbing COVID numbers in schools

    Alexander County Schools announced the January 11 school board meeting will be held virtually due to the increased rate of COVID-19 numbers involving staff in the schools. The meeting will be conducted via Zoom, with scheduled speakers joining according to the published agenda. The meeting will be live-streamed on the district YouTube channel. The public can tune in for the meeting at the link below.

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  • COVID Update Jan. 3, 2022

    Please click the heading to read the letter to families and staff regarding the COVID guideline changes.

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  • Holiday Art Contest Honorable Mentions and District Winners

    Each year all students are encouraged to participate in the annual holiday artwork contest. Artwork is selected to represent the school system and serve as the design on the school district Christmas cards. Click the heading to read more and view photos.

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  • Alexander Central High School Ag Mechanics Team Places First in Northwest Regional Competition

    Alexander Central High School Ag Mechanics team won first place in the Northwest Regional Agriculture Mechanics Competition held at the CVCC Workforce Solutions Complex. Team members Aiden Anderson (11th grade) -not pictured, Avery H. Cook (12th grade)- not pictured, Nolan Heath (12th grade), and Colton Matthews (12th Grade) were recognized at the December school board meeting on Tues., Dec. 14, 2021. Click the heading to read more.

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  • The Alexander County School System is in the process of reviewing its website to ensure compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  If you have questions or concerns regarding the accessibility of the website or if you are unable to access a page or document on the website, you may contact the Communications Department via email at or by phone at 828-632-7001.

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