Coronavirus Guidance for Schools

CCS Joins Forces with the Cumberland Community Foundation to Support Students in Need

Fayetteville, N.C. – Numerous vehicles could be seen pulling into the parking lot of Cumberland County Schools (CCS) Operations Center last Wednesday to pick up technology equipment for CCS students. Using social distancing, members of CCS’ Technology team distributed approximately 160 laptops and internet connectivity devices to those who have high school students that need technology in order to complete their at-home assignments. Most of the students expressed their technology needs through a survey or by calling the district’s homework hotline.

“Now that we will be out longer because of COVID-19, it’s vital that our teachers are able to provide students instruction,” said CCS Superintendent Dr. Marvin Connelly, Jr. “We see that technology is the best way right now for teachers and students to interact. It’s important that we level the playing field for our children so that all of them can have the opportunity to learn.”

Beginning the week of March 30, teachers will begin assigning 3rd through 8th-grade students digital learning opportunities that will require the use of a device, e.g., laptop, desktop computer, and internet access. High school students will continue to receive their supplemental assignments digitally and will need a device and internet access.

CCS and the Cumberland Community Foundation have joined forces to help students during this difficult time. As the school system works to keep students connected to instruction while school buildings are closed, the Foundation has created the CCS Fund for Student Emergency Needs.

The fund will support the needs of CCS students, including but not limited to tools necessary to learn at home, e.g., Chromebooks, internet access, hotspots, emergency assistance for food and clothing, and other support for students in need.

Ways to give:

  • CLICK HERE to give online now.
  • Mail a check to Cumberland Community Foundation, PO Box 2345, Fayetteville, NC 28302 (Checks should be payable to Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc. with CCS Student Fund in the memo line.)
  • Contact Cameron Sims, Donor Services Manager, to donate stock, transfer directly from your IRA (must be 70 1/2 or older), or to make a grant from your donor-advised fund. [email protected] or 910-483-4449 x107.

Cumberland Community Foundation is a tax-exempt charitable organization (tax ID 58-1406831). All gifts will be acknowledged for tax purposes. For more information, visit https://www.cumberlandcf.org/covid-19-update/.

“This is certainly a huge win for our students,” said Dr. Connelly. “Once again, our committed community partners are stepping up to assist our children. Any contribution made to the fund—large or small—will have a major impact on our students.”

To further close the technology gap, the district is currently reaching out to families to determine how many of them have learning devices and internet access at home. Parents and guardians of students in grades 3-12, who do not have access to a device or internet access, may contact the [email protected] Technology Hotline at 910-678-2618 from 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Monday – Friday, or complete the device survey: www.cumberlandathome.ccs.k12.nc.us.

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Published by Angel Hoggard on March 31, 2020
        

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