Vaughan Elementary will switch to remote learning for students starting Thursday, Sept. 2 through next Tuesday, Sept. 7 due to staffing shortages. 

During that time, students may pick-up a free school lunch and breakfast for the following day between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the school’s curbside pick-up. Students will return to campus for in-person classes next Wednesday, Sept. 8. 

Beginning of Grade Testing for third graders will be Thursday, Sept. 9, with make-up tests being offered on Friday, Sept. 10. 

Your child’s teacher should share information with you about what time students should be online Thursday morning and remote learning expectations. Please check your email, text messages, and your school website for additional details and to learn how you can help keep schools open for students to attend classes in-person. Thank you.

School Meals During Remote Learning

While we are in remote learning, students may go to their assigned school anytime between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to get a free school lunch and breakfast for the following day.

Top Priorities: In-Person Learning and Safety

We realize and understand the importance of students attending school in person. This school year, keeping classes in person and keeping our students and staff safe are our top two priorities. 

Planning for this year, we hoped we wouldn’t be forced to move classes online. However, Warren County is suffering a high rate of community spread of the Delta variant, which is even more contagious and dangerous than the original COVID-19 virus.

That’s why we require everyone in our school to wear face masks, to spread out as much as possible, and to wash their hands frequently throughout the day. But federal, state, and local health experts tell us that’s not enough. 

Staffing Shortage

Every day, we are learning of additional students and staff who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or exposed to someone with the virus and are required by the health department to quarantine. That leaves us with not enough employees to adequately and safely supervise all of our students, which is why we’re forced to move to online-only classes.

How to Keep In-Person Classrooms Open

Get vaccinated, if eligible

The NC Department of Health and Human Services says getting everyone vaccinated is the best way to end the COVID-19 pandemic and prevent serious illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths. Increasing our county’s vaccination rate is also our best chance to keep students attending classes in person, because vaccinated staff and students are less likely to catch or spread COVID-19. 

Children under 12 are not yet eligible to be vaccinated. That makes it even more important for everyone 12 and older to get the shot to help protect younger children and people with compromised immune systems.

Safe, effective vaccines are available for ages 12 and up. Find a convenient location to get your free vaccination at

Stay home if you’re sick

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever or chills, a new cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.

Stay home if you’re told to quarantine

The local health department requires people to quarantine if they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and they are not vaccinated. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department. Quarantining and staying away from others helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 that can occur before a person knows they have the virus. 

You are not required to stay home and quarantine simply because you live with someone who is required to quarantine. You are only required to quarantine if you were in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 or you have reason to believe you may have the virus. If one child in a home is required to quarantine, other children in the home who were not exposed to the person with COVID-19 may still attend school. 

Get tested

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or would like to be tested, the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) website has a list of testing locations. You may also consult with your healthcare provider or call the NCDHHS COVID Hotline at 1-888-675-4567. 

Precautions to prevent the spread of germs

To help prevent the spread of germs, the CDC and NCDHHS emphasize the importance of following the 3 Ws at school, at home, and anytime you’re around people who do not live with you. 

  • Wear a cloth mask over your nose and mouth.

  • Wait apart, in order to create as much distance as possible. Avoid close contact.

  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.

Emotional support

Students feeling anxious about this situation should reach out to our school counselor for support. 

Additional Information about COVID-19

For more information about COVID-19, visit these websites:

Thank you for your understanding, cooperation and continued support of Vaughan Elementary School.