Coronavirus Guidance for Schools

COVID-19 Update: School Buildings to Remain Closed for the Remainder of School Year


COVID-19 Update: School Buildings to Remain Closed for the Remainder of School Year

Gov. Roy Cooper announced that North Carolina Public Schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, but remote learning will continue. Cumberland County Schools (CCS) will continue to provide virtual learning opportunities for students through its [email protected] remote learning initiative.

“I commend our staff and families who are working collaboratively to support student learning and engagement during this pandemic,” said CCS Superintendent Dr. Marvin Connelly, Jr. “This is an unprecedented time for all of us, but we will continue working together to support the academic, social and emotional needs of our students.”

K-11 Grading Guidance

The State Board of Education approved a grading policy for public schools on Thursday, April 23, 2020. The policy aims to positively impact as many students as possible and recognize the efforts of students and those supporting remote learning while addressing equity and educational excellence.

In alignment with the state’s grading policy, the district has issued end-of-year grading and student promotion guidance for students in grades K-11: The district will hold students harmless for grades beyond March 13, while providing opportunities for students to remain engaged in instruction and improve grades obtained prior to March 13.

“We appreciate everyone’s patience as we have worked to unpack the guidance developed by the State Board of Education and the Department of Public Instruction,” said Dr. Stacey Wilson-Norman, the district’s chief academic officer. “We remain dedicated to responding to the well-being and educational needs of our students. We will continue to enhance remote teaching and learning through the remainder of the school year.”

The district’s grading guidance for graduating seniors is in alignment with the policy adopted by the State Board of Education on March 27, 2020. This information was shared with seniors and their families earlier this month and can be found here:

Graduation Update

The district has convened a graduation advisory team, which is composed of district and school administrators, staff, and students. The team is gathering feedback and considering options for celebrating graduating seniors while adhering to the social distancing guidance provided by local and state health officials. The team is considering a range of options and will provide an update to families in the coming days.

Once the stay-at-home order is lifted, high schools will provide opportunities for students and families to pick up senior regalia, announcements, etc.

“This is new territory for us,” said Dr. Connelly. “However, we are committed to celebrating the Class of 2020. This is a top priority for us, and we will share updates with everyone in the near future.”

Food Distribution Will Continue

The district will continue to provide meals for students while school buildings are closed. For more information, visit
Published by Angel Hoggard on May 12, 2020

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