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2021-2022 Back to School Information



Jarrod Dennis


Dear Stanly County Schools Family,


A new school year and new beginnings are always a cause for excitement and anticipation.  The 2021-2022 school year brings an opportunity for a fresh start, and an opportunity for students and teachers to be together in class for the first time in quite a while.  On behalf of Stanly County Schools, I am excited that we will be returning to school with full face-to-face instruction for the first time since March of 2020.


Our teachers and staff have done an outstanding job in the past year and a half with all of the challenges the pandemic has caused them to have to face.  They have learned how to successfully provide remote instruction while also finding creative ways to provide instruction in an ever-changing educational landscape.  Now it is time for students to return to what we recognize as invaluable face-to-face instruction.  I am thankful to our dedicated staff who will work tirelessly to make learning engaging, and prepare learning experiences that will help our students in recovering lost learning.


We recognize that there will be challenges brought on by new variants of COVID-19.  Please help us stay in the classroom by using safety measures, and informing us if your student is displaying any symptoms of COVID-19.  By working together, and using appropriate safety measures, we can help keep our students face-to-face during this upcoming school year.


For many of our students, this will be the first time stepping into a classroom in over a year.  For our younger students, this year will mark the beginning of their educational journey.  This school year will be a learning process for everyone involved.  Our goal is to provide the best possible education we can for each of our students and to ensure the health and safety of all our students, staff, and our families.


Best wishes for a successful new year of learning in 2021-2022!  As always, please continue to visit our website at for up to date information.




Jarrod Dennis, Ed.D.
Stanly County Schools

Back to School
Stanly County Schools is excited to return to five days per week learning for the 2021-2022 school year!
Below you will find general information to help you begin the school year informed and ready for success.
Any additional questions you may have that have not been addressed on this page or that are specific to your students' school, please contact your child's school directly. 
We wish you a wonderful start to the school year. 
Visit the School Calendars webpage for the most accurate and up to date schedules.

Bell Schedules:

Early Start Schools (Badin, Endy, Locust, and Norwood) 7:25 - 2:10

Late Start Schools (Aquadale, Central, East, Millingport, Richfield, Stanfield) 8:55 - 3:40 

Oakboro STEM School: 8:30 - 3:15


Elementary Open House:
Thursday, August 19
7:30 -9 a.m. and 5-7 p.m.


School supply lists will be available at each school or by visiting the school website and social media pages.


Bell Schedules: 
Oakboro STEM School: 8:30 - 3:15

Middle Schools: 7:55 - 2:55


Middle School Open House:
Wednesday, August 18
7:30 -9 a.m. and 5-7p.m.


School supply lists will be available at each school or by visiting the school website and social media pages.

Bell Schedules: 

High Schools: 7:55 - 3:05

Stanly Early College: 8:30 - 3:30

Stanly STEM Early College: 8:30 - 3:05

Stanly Academy Learning Center: 7:45 - 2:30

Rising 9th Grade Transition Camps will be held on Tuesday, August 10:
9:00 -11:00 am - Students
10:30 -11:00 am - Parents

9:00-11:00 am - Students
10:30-11:00 am - Parents

9:00-11:00 am -Students
6:00-7:00 pm-Parents
High School Open House:
Tuesday, August 17
7:30 -9 a.m. and 5-7 p.m.


SCoVE is excited to welcome students back to school this year. While SCoVE is a virtual education school, SCoVE will function much like a traditional school serving students K-12. SCoVE students will follow the traditional school calendar and receive a Chromebook as all students enrolled with Stanly County Schools. SCoVE student schedules will include synchronous and asynchronous instruction giving families the flexibility they need for daily routines.  
SCoVE is not accepting any new enrollments at this time, however, if you are interested in more information please visit the school's Facebook page for up-to-date info. You may also contact Katrice Thomas at [email protected] or 704-961-3081.
All Stanly County Schools will extend our 1:1 initiative to include all students enrolled for the 2021-2022 schools.  
Stanly County Schools will be responsible for the repair of the Chromebook for normal wear of the unit upon its first damage claim at no cost to the family. If the Chromebook is intentionally damaged, stolen, or lost a second time the student/parent/guardian is responsible for replacing the unit as determined by the school administration. The cost of repairs is an ever-changing expense. Please consult with your Media Coordinator or school Administration for the most up-to-date list of Chromebook expenses. If a family does not have wifi, a student may use the Chromebook at school, at the public library, at local businesses with wifi capabilities, or wherever wifi is available. Google Apps are available offline and files will sync with their Google Drive when they connect to the SCS network. 

Helpful resources and additional information can be found on our technology page by visiting or by access SCS Student Technology Handbook.
Stanly County Schools will continue safety and sanitation protocols while following NCDHHS guidance during the 2021-2022 school year. For additional information concerning Stanly County Schools' elementary and middle school disinfectant schedules, please click on the link below.
In order for our Transportation Department to prepare for the 2021-2022 school year, we are requiring that all parents and guardians confirm any bus transportation needs or changes for the upcoming school year.
Even if your child(ren) rode the bus last year the Bus Transportation Request Form must be filled out.
Please take a few minutes to complete the request form to ensure that we have the most accurate information! 

Transportation coordinators:
Albemarle District (located at AMS): Jim McCann 704-961-5113
North Stanly District (located at NSMS): Barbara Massey 704-961-5112
South Stanly District (located at SSHS): Travis Bowers 704-961-5110
West Stanly District (located at WSMS): Charlie Sheppard 704-961-5111
Law requires a parent or guardian to receive K-2 students at the afternoon bus stop. A No One At Home (NOAH) form will be provided to parents.
USDA has extended free breakfast and lunch for all SCS students for the 2021-2022 school year. However, new regulations will remove our drive-thru site options. Extras and snacks will be sold and money can be added to a student's accounts by check or cash at the school or online at K12 Payment Center.
Community Engagement Coordinator:
This position was created using ESSER funding to help with COVID-related issues that now exist in our communities which are impacting our students' education. Ms. Melissa Smith will be working within communities to help and remove obstacles that may impede the ability of our schools to provide for their student's educational needs and will be centered around drop-out prevention and student engagement. Ms. Smith can be reached at 704-961-3819. 
SEL/Mental Health Coordinator: 
Ms. Sam Manduca will be working with each elementary school and AMS to implement the Second Step for SEL (social-emotional learning) curriculum to teach children techniques to gain confidence, set goals, make better decisions, collaborate with others in work and play, and navigate the world more effectively.
Botvin Life Skills will be taught in all middle schools and 9th grade at all high schools. The program is a comprehensive substance abuse prevention program that focuses on targeting the social and psychological factors that initiate risky behaviors rather than simply educating participants on the dangers of drug and alcohol use. 
Secondary Curriculum Interventionists:
ESSER funds are being utilized to provide vision and leadership for student growth by working in close collaboration with district leadership, principals, school leadership teams, PLCs, and teachers. Four Curriculum Interventionists will collect, analyze, and interpret data to facilitate the implementation of strong instruction and social-emotional learning across the three tiers of the MTSS framework between secondary school feeder patterns - AHS/ AMS, NSHS/ NSMS, SSHS/SSMS, and WSHS/ WSMS
did you know
Stanly County Schools will be offering free COVID-19 testing for our
students and staff as a convenience during the 2021-2022 school year. 
Parents will be contacted directly for consent to test their students. No students will be tested without their parent's permission, therefore there is no need to fill out paperwork to opt-in or out of this program.
Testing allows schools to rapidly identify and quickly quarantine suspected cases of COVID-19 which, in turn, can get students and staff back into the classroom faster.   
We thank you for your continuing support of Stanly County Schools, and please feel free to reach out to your student's school with individual questions. 
Please read the below information concerning mask exemption protocols that Stanly County Schools will follow during the 2021-2022 school year.