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Principal Message 8/3

Mt. Vernon Families,


We are two weeks away from starting the 20/21 school year. The staff here at Mt. Vernon is excited to begin this unique journey with you. We still have a few more items to plan out for the start of the school year. It is our attempt to have all information to parents by the end of next week (Friday, 8/7). For now, please take a moment to review several key items below. As always,  If you have any questions, please contact me by phone (919-233-4313) or by email

  • Remote Learning School Day: Mt. Vernon will be running a “traditional bell schedule M-F during the remote learning process. Students will begin their day around 8:15am with their first class beginning at 8:30pm. Classes will run until approximately 3pm. Students will have 60 minutes for lunch and independent work time. Students will need access to a computer and the internet each and every day. New content will be taught each class and attendance will be taken daily. If this will be an issue, please let us know ASAP. We will figure it out. 
  • No Extensions for Immunization and Health Assessment Requirements: As of now, state lawmakers have not made any adjustments or exceptions to the immunization and health assessment requirements for students enrolled for face-to-face instruction or for the Virtual Academy. This includes requirements for kindergarteners, 7th graders, and seniors.
  • Apply Online for Meal Benefits: WCPSS Child Nutrition Services wants to remind you that if you have not yet applied for school meal benefits, you may complete an application online at Students eligible for reduced-price meals will receive their breakfast and lunch at no cost for the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Food Sources: WCPSS and partner locations continue to provide breakfast and lunch to families that are in need. I strongly encourage our families to take advantage of these locations during this time. The locations can be found on WCPSS’ website. You are not required to show any identifications AND students are not required to be present to receive the meals. There is also information here on the new Pandemic Electronic Benefits Program (P-EBT). For families that qualify, the P-EBT program to help families buy food during the COVID-19 school closure.