Education

  Online learning in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools exposes the digital divide

Some Charlotte Mecklenburg School (CMS) parents are getting frustrated doing online learning. They are frustrated and claim there is a lack of communication between CMS and households.

UNC system working to refund college students for unused housing, dining funds

CMS superintendent presents 2020-2021 budget proposal, seeking $538M from county

School district receives clearance to open feeding site for Indian Land students

South Carolina schools to remain closed through April due to COVID-19

  Student at Winthrop University tests positive for coronavirus

  NC parents prepare for about two more months of at-home learning

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  CMS launches supplemental remote learning across district

  UNC Charlotte clears campus as classes go online, commencement postponed

Appalachian State University announces virtual spring commencement

'Nutrition hubs’ to provide 375,000+ meals daily for NC children while school is out

  UNC Charlotte commencement postponed due to coronavirus outbreak

Winthrop University, Clinton College extend online instruction through rest of semester amid COVID-19 fears

UofSC campuses to close through remainder of semester, virtual instruction to begin March 23

Officials at the University of South Carolina have announced the start of virtual instruction for students attending classes in Columbia.

Gov. Cooper: NC schools will be closed for a while as crisis increases

Schools in North Carolina can expect to be closed for longer than the two weeks initially put in place by Gov. Roy Cooper.

Feeding numbers grow as school closure continues, more bus routes added in Burke County

On Wednesday alone, a total of 4,630 meals were handed out through the various car rider loops and school bus food distribution sites.

Duke University postpones spring graduation ceremonies due to coronavirus concerns

At least 23 Duke University students have tested positive for COVID-19 as the university recently shut down the campus to interrupt the spread of the virus.

  CMS parents brace themselves for homeschooling during coronavirus pandemic

11 new coronavirus cases connected to Duke overseas group, officials say

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools offers new communication while practicing social distancing

  Church volunteers to provide food pantry for Indian Land students in need

UNC-Chapel Hill employee tests positive for coronavirus

UNC System orders students off campuses, reduces housing and dining options

  Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools restores spring break date, approves plan for distance learning

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has voted to restore spring break to its original dates of April 13-17 after Governor Roy Cooper ordered all public schools in North Carolina to halt in-person classes until at least March 30.

  CMS bus drivers have concerns involving coronavirus

Bus drivers started Monday disinfecting school buses. There have been no reports of CMS students or staff with coronavirus riding on the school bus, but district officials thought is was best to have the buses cleaned.

  Lancaster County schools plan for coronavirus shutdown

Lancaster County Schools administrators planned for the virus for weeks, making plans to not only teach the students but to feed them as well.

  Parents react to Gov. McMaster’s South Carolina school closure announcement

Parents are reacting to Governor McMaster’s South Carolina school closure announcement.

Gov. Cooper issues executive order to stop mass gatherings in NC

Cooper identifies a mass gathering of 100 or more people.

Cabarrus County Schools call emergency session for Sunday

The meeting will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the Education Center on Old Airport Road.

Iredell-Statesville Schools extends spring break through March 20 due to coronavirus fears

Iredell-Statesville Schools has made the decision to extend spring break for students through March 20 due to coronavirus fears.

  School districts in the Carolinas making decisions amid coronavirus fears

Several local school districts are beginning to announce plans to suspend travel and field trips due to coronavirus fears as North Carolina is currently under a state of emergency.

  Local colleges announce plans about classes amid coronavirus pandemic

Local colleges and universities are beginning to announce plans concerning on-campus classes as the World Health Organization has declared the coronavirus (COVID-19) as a global pandemic.

U-Haul offering free, 30-day storage for college students forced to move due to COVID-19

According to a release from the company, students who are forced to move due to the virus will be able to take advantage of free Self-Store units for 30 days.

SC For Ed postpones ‘All Out’ rally due to coronavirus

SC For Ed is now postponing their rally scheduled for March 24.

No confirmed coronavirus cases at UNC Charlotte, more than 100 people elect to self-quarantine

University officials say there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) at UNC Charlotte, but the school has slightly over 100 people who have elected to self-quarantine.

Some Charlotte private schools closing Friday over coronavirus concerns

Several private schools in the Charlotte area have announced closures for Friday, March 13, due to concerns about coronavirus (COVID-19).

  Group claims CMS rule aids in suspension gap between black and white students

During the 2018-19 school year more than 20,000 CMS students received a short term suspension. Of that number 14,118 students were black and 1,515 were white.

  All UNC System schools to end in-person classes, transition to alternative course delivery due to coronavirus outbreak

All schools within the UNC System, including UNC Charlotte and Appalachian State University, will end in-person classes and transition to alternative course delivery by March 20 due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

Duke University suspends all on-campus classes amid coronavirus concerns

Duke University announced Tuesday night that all on-campus classes are suspended until further notice as the coronavirus continues to spread.

Mooresville High School provides update on students currently in England and France

The students coordinated the trip directly with the travel agency, Explorica, who also has kept a close eye on coronavirus and had contingency travel plans in case if needed.

  NC mountain area schools close in anticipation of winter weather

Watauga County Schools and Avery County Schools will both be closed for students Friday.

  CMS prepares for potential spread of coronavirus

As school districts across the nation brace for the possible spread of coronavirus, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools say they are preparing students, staff and families for the worst case-scenario.

Avery County Schools closed Friday due to expected snow in N.C. mountains

One local school district has announced a closing as the North Carolina mountains are expected to see snowfall on Friday.

  UNC Charlotte cancels some spring break study abroad programs due to coronavirus concerns

UNC Charlotte has canceled spring break study abroad programs to China, South Korea, Japan and Northern Italy due to coronavirus concerns.

  North and South Carolina school districts prepare for spread of coronavirus

In a briefing Wednesday night, President Donald Trump recommended everyone to be prepared for the worst-case scenario as a precaution.

  Human Resources looking into CMS survey that asked students about sexual orientation, gender identity

CMS officials confirmed Wednesday afternoon that Human Resources is “actively involved” in looking into the survey.

  NASA and other companies are proving the CIAA tournament is more than just basketball

NASA is one of the companies that have had a tight relationship with the CIAA, at least for the last 10 years or so.

Lawsuit: SC’s restrictions on LGBTQ sex ed curriculum violates Constitution

A federal lawsuit has been filed against South Carolina’s superintendent of education regarding a decades old law which prohibits districts from including any discussion of alternative sexual lifestyles in their health education courses, except in the context of sexually transmitted diseases.

  Not everyone is excited about Rock Hill’s $294 million school bond referendum proposal

The Rock Hill School district is proposing a $294.5 million school bond referendum

Budget impasse forces delayed opening for the new NC School of Science and Mathematics

State officials have confirmed that the state budget impasse in Raleigh will affect the timetable in opening the new North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Morganton.

N.C. 3rd grader wins $1,000 scholarship for cabbage plant

Esmee Delien was awarded the scholarship by the Bonnie Plants company for growing a 46 pound cabbage last year.

  CMS survey asks students about sexual orientation and gender identity

A controversial survey is going around to students at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. It’s anonymous, but asks students as young as 6th grade about their sexual orientation and gender identity.

North Carolina schools chief: People want Common Core gone

North Carolina's schools superintendent says survey results show people in the state want the public education standards known as "Common Core" eliminated.

  Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools closed, other districts delay or close after Thursday’s winter weather

Local school districts are starting to announce delays and closings Friday due to conditions from winter weather in the area Thursday.

Student found with BB gun at Butler High School

A student was found with a BB gun at Butler High School Thursday.

  School districts announce Thursday closings, early dismissal due to expected winter weather

Multiple local school districts are announcing closings due to winter weather expected in the WBTV viewing area Thursday.

  CMS dismissing early, cancels after-school activities Thursday due to expected winter weather

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools are canceling all after-school activities for Thursday, Feb. 20, as winter weather is expected to impact the Charlotte area Thursday.

  Possible tuberculosis cases at UNC Charlotte under investigation

Health officials are investigating two possible cases of tuberculosis (TB) at UNC Charlotte.

Texas teen identified in social media threat investigation in Caldwell Co., threat deemed non-credible

Law enforcement and school officials have identified a teen from Texas as the person who was sending threats to schools in Caldwell County Monday and the threat has been deemed as non-credible.

  Schools in Kannapolis try fighting the flu with smart thermometer

Some schools are using new technology to help keep track of the germs your kids are exposed to while in class. It’s called a smart thermometer.

  Carolina Panthers donate $120,000 worth of school supplies to CMS elementary classrooms

Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper made a surprise announcement to 60 Charlotte Mecklenburg School teachers at Bank of America Stadium on Tuesday.

  CMS terminates partnership with Centegix, will request over $1 million in funds spent on failing CrisisAlert system

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools announced that they have ended the relationship with security consultant Centegix on Feb. 11, citing the Atlanta-based company’s “failure to deliver a reliable alarm system that could monitor an entire school.”

  Matthews Town Board passes resolution regarding municipal charter schools, commits to work with CMS

The Matthews Town Board passed a resolution committing to work with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Monday night.

  CMS asks Mecklenburg County for additional money to complete projects from 2017 bond

“In order to deliver these projects, we will need to receive additional funds, or we will be forced to make significant modifications to the projects that all of us have promised to the community,” the letter says.

  Charlotte student submits rap video hoping to get into Harvard University

It hasn’t made Billboard’s Top Hip Hop Charts, but his video got more than 31,000 views on YouTube in just four days.

  Town of Matthews expected to vote on resolution of municipal charter school system

The board plans to vote on a resolution when it comes to creating municipal charter schools.

Flu outbreak forces Ashe County Schools to close Friday

According to the school’s website, the increase in the outbreak of the flu at all schools has forced the closure.

  School bus drives through standing water in Iredell Co., investigation underway

An elementary school bus drove through standing water in Iredell County Thursday, now school officials say an investigation is underway.

  70 students out with illness forces Gaston Co. school to close for two days

Cramerton Christian Academy, in Gaston County, has been closed for two days after 70 students were out with an illness on Monday.

Chester County voters deny $116.5M school bond - again

The bond would have paid for a new Chester High School, a district-wide performing arts center, upgrades and expansions to multiple schools and athletic facilities and a new Chester County Career Center.

  Chester Co. voters to decide Tuesday on $116 million school bond two years after failed vote

Just two years after voters in Chester County narrowly struck down a $38 million bond referendum to improve county schools and build a new career center, they’ll head back to the polls Tuesday to decide on the school board’s latest proposed bond referendum.

  CMS to begin random safety screenings at middle schools

The new screenings are part of CMS’ “Circle of Safety” program that began in the 2018-2019 school year.

‘Never give up’: 75-year-old Myrtle Beach woman goes back to school, earns degree

A 75-year-old Myrtle Beach woman has a lot to celebrate, after finally crossing the stage at graduation on Friday.

’Kobe!’: N.C. teacher has second graders write down their fears and shoot them into a basket

One teacher from North Carolina said he decided to brighten his students' mood on Monday, using Kobe as a lesson.

  Union County teacher starts yoga club to ease the minds of elementary students

One Union County teacher is making the mental health of her students a priority. She started a yoga club at Sardis Elementary School, in hopes of teaching children how to redirect their anxieties.

Student was picked on for cowboy boots, then an older student started wearing his in support

When an older student at Weddington High School heard that a young student was catching flack for wearing cowboy boots, he started wearing his in support.

Middle school staff member put on leave after allegation of student assault in Lancaster Co.

Officials say a middle school staff member has been put on leave after an allegation of a student assault in Lancaster County.

Winthrop University selects George Hynd as interim president

Winthrop University has selected George W. Hynd to serve as interim president. The Winthrop Board of Trustees will vote on his appointment during a Friday morning meeting.

  Judge in Silent Sam case had frequent contact with UNC lawyer in days before lawsuit was filed

The judge who approved the settlement between the UNC Board of Governors and the Sons of Confederate Veterans regarding the Silent Sam statue was in frequent contact with an attorney for the UNC BOG regarding the case before it was filed, text messages show.

  Winget Park Elementary hosts Special Olympics competition

The school hosted dozens of bowlers Tuesday, in the hopes of competing in the Summer games in Raleigh.

  CMS Board meeting provides update on proposals for student reassignment

The meeting only provided an update on the research the district is doing while trying to figure out which students will be reassigned to different schools; no final decision on the plans were made.