Coronavirus Guidance for Schools

COVID-19 Update: [email protected] Phase II Announced

Fayetteville, N.C. – Cumberland County Schools is excited to announce that [email protected] has expanded to include digital content for third- through eighth-grade students.

Beginning the week of March 30, teachers will begin assigning third- through eighth-grade students digital learning opportunities that will require the use of a device, e.g., laptop, desktop computer, and internet access. CCS parents are asked to consider the following information:

3rd – 8th Grade Students 

  • Assignments — Teachers will provide students with assignments through online platforms provided by each teacher. Beginning, Monday, March 30, updated support packets will be available online at [email protected]; however, teachers will design content for students that will help deepen their knowledge of previously taught school work.
  • Spring Break — As indicated on approved school calendars, the April 10th holiday and Spring Break will be observed.Assigned supplemental work for Pre-K through 2nd graders and 9th through 12th graders will remain the same, as shared below:

Pre-K – 2nd Grade Students

  • Distribution of Paper-and-Pencil Packets – To cover Monday, March 30 – Thursday, April 9, paper-and-pencil packets will be available at elementary schools through drive-thru pickup on Tuesday, March 31 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. and Wednesday, April 1 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. The packets will contain no new content, but will help deepen students’ knowledge of previously taught school work. Packets are also available to download at
  • Spring Break – As indicated on approved school calendars, the April 10th holiday and Spring Break will be observed.
  • Future Packet Distribution – Packets for at-home learning for Monday, April 20 – Friday, May 15 will be mailed to the homes of students.

9th – 12th Grade Students

  • Device & Internet Distribution – High school students will continue to receive their supplemental assignments digitally and will need a device and internet access. (NOTE: New material and standards are being covered beginning this week.)
  • Spring Break – As indicated on approved school calendars, the April 10th holiday and Spring Break will be observed.
  • Graduation 2020 – In spite of COVID-19, the Class of 2020 will certainly graduate. District officials are uncertain about the timing of graduation ceremonies, but they are working closely with local and state officials to receive guidance. Additional information will be shared in the future.

“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.”

[email protected] was developed by Cumberland County Schools as a remote learning experience that allows students to continue learning beyond the walls of the classroom during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Frequently Asked Questions

For the answers to frequently asked questions by parents, click on the following link:

Note regarding Governor Cooper’s Executive Order: Executive Order 121 defines public schools as an essential operation, which may remain open, provided that the social distancing requirements are observed to the greatest extent possible. Members of the general public (e.g., parents, guardians, and students) may access public schools in order to obtain “goods and services” provided by the schools. The order goes on to state that it “is consistent with and does not amend or supersede prior Executive Orders regarding the closure of public schools.” We understand that last part to mean that this latest order does not alter the provisions of the earlier orders allowing meal distribution and facilitation of distance learning. Therefore, Cumberland County Schools (CCS) will continue to offer meals to students at various sites across the district and operate the necessary sites to distribute technology to families to enable distance learning.

Published by Angel Hoggard on April 1, 2020

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