McMaster authorizes DHEC to move forward with COVID-19 testing at schools

The South Carolina governor has given the green light to allow rapid tests kits to be sent to all public schools.

  CMS battle to get federally required in-person tests waived continues as COVID-19 cases rise

All SC public schools to get rapid COVID-19 testing kits

  Union Co. Schools leaves new transportation center open after workers contract COVID-19, raising concerns

  Students required to take end of semester tests in-person, CMS wants to change that state, federal law

Elementary students to return to school in-person four days a week in Lancaster County

  Schools closing due to COVID-19 exposure, trend across Charlotte area, across state lines

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  Collect To Connect: WBTV partners with E2D to collect old computers to help families in need

  Opt in or out? CMS needs to know if your child will enroll in the Full Remote Academy for second semester

  Three Lancaster, S.C. schools temporarily going virtual, fourth one in the district

  Some Union County parents say new bus stops are dangerous for students

  CMS votes to push back in-person learning for middle school students until January

  Rock Hill, Chesterfield County schools bring some students back in person

  CMS reports names of specific schools with COVID-19 cases

This is something parents and teachers have asked for from the district, especially since more students started to go back into the classroom after months of remote learning.

  CMS Board of Education scheduled to discuss revision to middle school return to learning plan

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Board of Education is scheduled to discuss a revision to its plan to bring middle school students back to classrooms, according to the board’s next meeting agenda.

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College providing support for students in need amid pandemic

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is providing personal support for students in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

  North Carolina Superintendent Elect breaks down priorities, responds to parents primary concerns

It’s a topic that continuously gets brought up each year when Charlotte-Mecklenburg School’s Board of Education discusses its fiscal budgets on making schools a better place for children.

  Thousands of CMS elementary students return to classroom

  37,000-plus Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools elementary students return for in-person learning

  Back to School & Beyond: District-by-district guide to the 2020 school year

  CMS and parents prepare for thousands to return back to school on Monday

  High school students organize ‘log out’ to protest remote learning

  CMS gets ready to welcome back some students starting Monday

  School districts move to remote learning, some close Thursday due to anticipated Zeta impacts

Several local school districts in the WBTV viewing area are making Thursday a remote learning day due to Hurricane Zeta.

  Rock Hill Schools, several other districts in our area shift to more in-person learning days

Schools across our South Carolina area are planning on bringing students back for more days of in-person learning. Some districts are starting less than two weeks from now. This as the coronavirus is surging in the Palmetto State.

Cabarrus County Schools, Kannapolis City Schools set remote learning day Thursday due to Hurricane Zeta

Cabarrus County Schools have set a remote learning day for Thursday due to the remnants of Hurricane Zeta moving through the Carolinas.

  Staff shortage tied to positive COVID-19 cases force Lancaster HS to operate virtually; 35 in quarantine

Officials say at this time, the school is experiencing a severe shortage of staff as 30 people are out on quarantine and five people have tested positive for COVID-19.

  Parents question timeline of CMS return to in-person learning, testing

In less than one week thousands of Charlotte Mecklenburg school families will be sending their children back to school, inside the classroom.

  CMS expected to start renaming process of Barringer Academic Center

On Wednesday night, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board is expected to vote to start the process of renaming Barringer Academic Center.

  Two elementary schools to close permanently in Rowan County

The Rowan-Salisbury Schools Board of Education made the decision to close two elementary schools Monday night.

  Union County Public Schools transitions elementary students into Plan A

Students in Kindergarten through fifth grade are doing four days of in-person learning and one day of remote each week under Plan A.

  Unionville Elementary moves to remote learning for two weeks following COVID cases

Union County Public Schools is requiring all Unionville Elementary students and staff to work remotely for two weeks after a student and staff member recently tested positive for COVID-19.

  COVID-19 cluster forces elementary school to go remote in Burke County

A COVID-19 cluster has forced an elementary school to go remote in Burke County.

  Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools releases weekly ‘Readiness Report,' HVAC systems aren’t included. We asked why...

Teachers say worrying about the air they breath shouldn’t be one of their concerns… but it is.

  CMS offers free COVID-19 testing for district employees

The hope is the testing gives staff some sort of peace of mind, especially for staff having to return to the classroom for in-person instruction soon.

  CMS Superintendent Earnest Winston announces Bell’s palsy diagnosis

Winston confirmed the diagnosis to CMS staff after he said he experienced “a few symptoms” on Monday.

  Here’s how Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is balancing students and early voters, all on the same campus

School campuses have sectioned off the campus either using a gym or their overflow classrooms to host voters for early voting.

Private school principal says he has COVID-19. Here are known cases in Charlotte-area schools.

Across the Charlotte region, school districts and universities have reported a number of positive coronavirus cases since teachers and some students have returned to working and learning from school buildings.

  Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to rename Vance HS after iconic civil rights attorney

CMS has decided to rename the school as Julius L. Chambers High School.

  CMS Foundation reaches goal for ‘Connect for Tech’ campaign

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Foundation announced that it met the $3.2 million fundraising goal for its “Connect for Tech” initiative through a combination of private and public support.

  Parents, teachers voice concerns as CMS discusses plans to bring students back to classrooms

Parents and teachers voiced their concerns and frustrations Tuesday night as CMS Board of Education members discussed plans to bring students back to classrooms.

  Middle school going remote as students, staff members possibly exposed to COVID-19 in Union Co.

A middle school in Union County is moving to remote learning for two weeks as officials say several students and staff members may have been exposed to the coronavirus.

  CMS welcomes hundreds of Pre-K students back into the classroom

CMS says close to 1,500 students returned for in-person learning Monday.

  Stanly County Schools to have two weeks of fully remote learning, following death of teacher from COVID-19

Stanly County Schools is moving to two weeks of fully remote learning after a third grade teacher died from COVID-19, and a student at the same school tested positive for the virus this week.

  Lancaster Co. parents, S.C. state superintendent urge more in-person days for certain students

Despite state Superintendent Molly Spearman asking school districts to bring some students back for more days of in person learning, parents in Indian Land say the district does not have a plan.

North Stanly HS moving to remote learning due to multiple COVID-19 cases among staff

North Stanly High School will be temporarily moving to remote learning after multiple staff members tested positive for COVID-19.

  Group of Union County elementary parents ask for ‘middle ground’ option for returning to school

As of now, there’s no formal discussion scheduled for the board to consider this request.

  Are teachers’ voices being included in CMS’ learning plans? District says yes, teachers say no

Teachers also worry their voice and other stakeholders aren’t being included in the decision process.

  14 COVID-19 clusters reported at Appalachian State University

A week and a half after an Appalachian State University student died from complications of COVID-19, officials confirmed on Monday that there are currently 14 COVID-19 clusters on campus.

  ‘Heart of gold’: Daughter, community pours out support for teacher who died after battle with COVID-19

Those who knew the longtime educator say something she was known for was her bright and warm personality.

  CMS approves plan to increase in-person instructional time for elementary students

The Board of Education approved modifications to the in-person and remote learning plan for the 2020-2021 school year.

Chester County elementary school among first in US to use UV lights to fight COVID-19

Lewisville, which is part of the Chester County School District in South Carolina, will participate in a pilot program to use germicidal ultraviolet (GUV) technology to eliminate germs from the air -- including COVID-19.

  Survey results show community, students split on renaming Vance High School

After an online survey was sent out and posted via their renaming website, the results from that survey provided “scores” that show a community and student response split.

Panthers McCaffrey, Tepper drop in Zoom class unexpectedly, surprise teachers and students with game tickets

On Sept. 29. Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper and running back Christian McCaffrey dropped into two classes to give teachers and students tickets to the Panthers game Oct. 4.

  CMS welcomes back 1,200+ students into the classroom, along with strict safety, health guidelines

After months of remote learning due to the pandemic, Tuesday - Dyson’s school - and 85 others across Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

  CMS teachers prepare classrooms, welcome students from Exceptional Children’s program back for in-person learning

As CMS prepares to welcome students and staff from the Exceptional Children’s program back into the classroom, some teachers worry there’s too many “unknowns” to go back in-person.

  UNC Charlotte students begin move-in process into on-campus residence halls

While classes remain fully online until next week, students made their way back to campus.

  UNC Charlotte assembles ‘Back-to-Campus’ safety bags for students, staff returning to campus

In preparation for the return of students and staff members, UNC Charlotte had thousands of ‘back-to-campus’ bags prepared.

  CMS students prepare to return to classroom, parents ask ‘why didn’t this happen sooner?’

Some parents are asking the district to speed up the timeline - and give families the option to send their children back sooner if they feel it’s safe.

  Mecklenburg Co. reports first coronavirus cluster at a school

Mecklenburg County Public Health Director said a private K-12 school has a cluster, which is identified as at least five cases within a facility.

Lincoln County Schools approve transition to in-person instruction for elementary students

The district’s Board of Education approved for elementary grades to transition into Plan 'A' beginning October 13.

  Teachers took personal day in protest of state S.C. House not voting on budget

South Carolina teachers are taking a stand, using their personal days to put pressure on the state House. Across the Palmetto State, teachers took to the phones, wrote emails and sent out social media posts demanding the House to pass the budget.

  CMS officials discuss coronavirus, nearing return for students and sports at board meeting

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials discussed the status of the coronavirus and the nearing return for students and sports, among other topics during a Tuesday night board meeting.

  UNC Charlotte reveals plan to resume some in-person instruction on campus

UNC Charlotte is ready to allow some students back on campus for in-person instruction next month.

  Petition calls for Cabarrus School Board member’s resignation after controversial comments

The Cabarrus County Board of Education approved a plan for students to return to the classroom in October after a heated called meeting in which one member appeared to make what some say were inappropriate comments.

  Cabarrus Co. School Board approves plan for students to return to classroom

The Cabarrus County Board of Education approved a plan for students to return to the classroom in October during a meeting Monday.

  Union Co. schools to add day of in-person learning for all grades, move to Plan A for K-5 in Oct.

Union County Public Schools decided on a plan to add an extra day of in-person learning for all grades next week, and move to Plan A for elementary students at the end of October.

UNC Charlotte sets new record with more than 30,000 enrolled

That makes it the second-largest university in the University of North Carolina system.

  Some school districts move to Plan A for elementary students, others still deciding

In just two weeks, schools across North Carolina will have the choice to bring back elementary school students into the classroom full time. Governor Cooper made that announcement yesterday. Iredell-Statesville Schools plan to have elementary school students back in the classroom full-time on Octobe

Schools advocate Sarah Stevenson honored as Charlotte ‘crown jewel’ on US House floor

Twelfth District Rep. Alma Adams paid tribute to Charlotte civil rights pioneer Sarah Stevenson, the first Black woman to serve on Charlotte’s school board, in a speech on the U.S. House floor Wednesday.

  Gov. Cooper announces N.C. elementary schools allowed to return for in-person learning

Grades 6-12 will still be required to operate under the “Plan B” approach.

Iredell-Statesville Schools PreK-5 to return five days a week on Oct. 5

Iredell-Statesville Schools plan to have elementary school students back in the classroom full-time on October 5.

  CMS teachers asking for ‘more clarity’ in plan for return to in-person learning

Teachers are wrapping their heads around teaching students who are in the classroom and in their own homes in the same school day.

  CMS approves phased plan to bring students back to classrooms

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School board has approved a phased approach to bring students back into the classroom over the next few months.

'It does not need to be this complicated’; N.C. lieutenant governor pushes for schools to reopen without mask mandate

Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Forest has called for all North Carolina K-12 public schools to reopen without requiring students or teachers to wear masks.

Union County schools to be fully remote on Thursday due to flooding concerns

Union County Public Schools will be fully remote on Thursday due to flooding concerns stemming from the remnants of Tropical Storm Sally.

  Parents' opinions split on in-person and remote learning ahead of CMS decision

On Wednesday evening, Charlotte-Mecklenburg school leaders are expected to address the return of in-person instruction.

  CMS Board expected to vote on plans to ‘phase students’ back into in-person learning, similar to Plan B style

Sources tell WBTV the board is expected to approve a plan at their specially called meeting Wednesday evening to include a phased approach for in-person learning, similar to a Plan B style.

  Rock Hill school leaders step closer to changing mask policy

Rock Hill school leaders passed a motion during first reading to change a mask policy.

  CMS Foundation raises money for 10,000+ students to get internet, moves closer to $3.2M goal

For now, 16,000 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools families report they don’t have solid internet access, but the CMS Foundation is hoping to get students access as soon as possible.

Dr. Lynn Moody to retire as superintendent of Rowan-Salisbury Schools

Dr. Lynn Moody is set to retire as superintendent of Rowan-Salisbury Schools at the end of the year.