Cabarrus School Board holds emergency meeting on Tuesday night

Cabarrus Co. school board to hold emergency meeting

CABARRUS COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - The Cabarrus County Board of Education held a special called emergency meeting Tuesday night at 6 p.m. to discuss a possible move to Plan C.

Ultimately, the board did not move forward and instead the school district will remain in Plan B until further notice.

The call for the meeting came as COVID-19 cases in Cabarrus County rise.

“While this is not how we wanted to start this Saturday morning, we need to report that Cabarrus County is approaching 1,000 Active COVID-19 Cases. This is extremely alarming as we enter into a holiday week,” said the note on the Cabarrus Health Alliance update for November 21.

As of Tuesday, Cabarrus County had more than 6300 total cases since the pandemic began, more than 1000 active cases, 5194 recovered cases, and 104 deaths.

Board votes to stay in Plan B

The CHA has recommended that the schools go to Plan C, or all remote learning.

In a statement to WBTV, Cabarrus Health Alliance Chief Community Health Officer Marcella Beam outlined the CHA’s position: Over the last week, CHA leaders provided a COVID-19 update to local Board of Education and Board of Health members. We felt this was important given the rapid growth in COVID-19 cases in the county, especially as we approach the holiday season. We outlined recommendations for municipalities, businesses, and schools based on three specific metrics. The goal of hosting these sessions was to provide updated information to members and allow a forum for questions.

It’s important to know that Cabarrus Health Alliance does not have the authority to close any facility unless there is an imminent public health hazard. We are working diligently to prevent a public health hazard! At this time, the decision related to what plan school districts are operating in remains with each local Board of Education.

The meeting was held at the Education Center. Due to COVID-19 restrictions for indoor gatherings, members of the public may watch the live stream of the Board meeting at the following link: https://youtu.be/-jHXLWWsJSw.

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