Hoke County Schools will be online only for all students Friday, October 29 due to expected traffic impacts from Hoke Sheriff Dr. Hubert Peterkin’s funeral.
More than half half of all county school buses travel through the area in East Hoke near the Cape Fear Conference B Headquarters where the service will be held, school public relations director Meredith Bounds said. Due to anticipated extremely high levels of traffic with potential road closures, and out of safety concerns for students and bus drivers, schools will be online only Friday.
The school system additionally announced that Friday, November 12 will be a non-instructional day for students. All staff are encouraged to work remotely on November 12 and should use the time to rest, reflect and prepare for the rest of the semester. Thursday, November 11 will remain a holiday in observance of Veteran’s Day.
“We all are keenly aware of the toll that the past year and a half has taken on our students, staff, and families,” Board of Education Chair Rosa McAllister-McRae said. “All of the hard work that has gone into getting this school year started has not gone unnoticed as well. As a Board, we believe that the social and emotional well-being of our students and staff is critical to our success and we felt that the additional opportunity for reflection will have a positive impact on everyone.”
The district was able to use banked time built into the school calendar to provide the day off. All athletic events, practices and extracurricular activities scheduled for November 12 will take place as planned.