CMS parent urges board to adopt five days of in-person learning for K-12 students following state guidance

North Carolina State Board of Education adopted guidance from state health leaders urging schools to open for in-person learning “to the fullest extent possible” while following health and safety protocols.

  CPCC students express concern after ransomware attack throws learning into flux

CMS expected to vote on giving students more in-person learning days, sources say

  State board of education adopts guidance for N.C. schools to open for in-person learning to ‘fullest extent possible’

Clinton College awarded nearly $500K to extend educational opportunities to rural S.C.

  Million-dollar math program implemented in some schools to help catch kids back up

  ‘We had no idea’: ASEP staff members face unknown future after decision to temporarily close locations

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  York County teachers get vaccinated ahead of Phase 1B

  Gov. Cooper accelerates dates for next groups to receive COVID-19 vaccine in N.C.

  Central Piedmont Community College classes resume after systems ‘corrupted beyond restoration’ in ransomware attack

Winthrop University to hold in-person spring graduation, return to ‘more traditional’ fall semester

  N.C. Senate fails to override Gov. Cooper’s veto of school reopening bill

Cabarrus County Schools cancel prom for second-straight year due to COVID-19

  North Carolina testing data shows majority of students failing end-of-course tests

The data is the first large-scale glimpse into how students in North Carolina are doing amidst the pandemic.

  Gov. Cooper vetoes North Carolina school reopening bill

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper vetoed a bill aimed at requiring an in-person option for all schools in the state.

  Charlotte non-profit learning program opens spaces for CMS students affected by After School Enrichment Program site closings

Innovative Learning, Inc. is opening up spaces for students affected by the upcoming ASEP closings.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to soon allow 500 fans at outdoor sporting events

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is getting ready to allow even more fans at sporting events after the governor’s newest executive order goes into effect.

  COVID-19 vaccine eligibility expands to N.C. teachers, school staff and child care workers

  200+ CMS employees to be laid off; district eliminates 60 After School Enrichment Program sites

  North Carolina teachers await COVID-19 vaccine ahead of eligibility expanding Wednesday

CDC study: Teachers key to COVID-19 infections in 1 district

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

  ‘No words on what they lost’: CMS welcomes back middle school, high school students

  Mountain county schools delay class, opt for remote learning because of wintry weather

Several schools in the North Carolina mountain counties delayed class Monday due to hazardous weather conditions.

CMS superintendent discusses return of students to in-person learning: ‘A big moment’

Close to 46,000 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students returned to class this week for in-person learning.

Gov. Cooper says N.C. lawmakers’ school reopening bill ‘falls short’

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper says a bill aimed at requiring an in-person option for all public school in the state “falls short” of his expectations.

  The pandemic: How it’s affecting your child’s’ mental health

As the pandemic continues, the impact on children across the country continues to increase.

  Burke Co preps for elementary students in class four days a week

The entire student body will be in the building just as they were pre-COVID-19.

  ‘Everybody loses’ Study finds nearly a third of teachers consider resigning, retiring early due to pandemic

A recent survey showed nearly one third of educators said the COVID-19 pandemic has made them more likely to retire early or leave the profession.

  CMS welcomes 26K students back into the classroom, while nearly 60K opt to stay remote

Not everyone is deciding to go back in-person. Close to 43 percent of CMS families opted for their child to learn at home, through the full remote academy.

  Here are the latest learning plans for schools in our area

There is controversy over sending students back into the classroom this year and not all school districts in our area are following the same plan.

  Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students begin return to in-person learning

For the first time in weeks, students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will return to the classroom for in-person learning on Monday.

  How CMS custodians are keeping schools disinfected once students return

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has 809 custodial staff members, all equipped to disinfect and protect buildings and surfaces once students return for in-person learning.

  Central Piedmont Community College experiences ransomware attack

Staff discovered the attack Feb. 10.

Caldwell Co. Schools adding dinner, snacks to meal distribution

The official start date for the food box distribution is Feb. 17. All families with children 18 years or younger can participate.

  Help on the way for failing Union County Public Schools students

The school board voted 7-0 Thursday to use CARES ACT money to pay teachers and teachers assistants to tutor students outside of class. The money will also be used to purchase more instructional resources and hire additional tutors.

  Worried parents push back against Concord school realignment

A proposal is on the table that may force hundreds of kids to change schools starting next year.

  N.C. House passes ‘back to classroom’ bill to require schools to have in-person option

Governor Roy Cooper could veto the legislation when it lands on his desk.

  Educators react to governor’s announcement regarding teacher vaccine eligibility

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced Wednesday afternoon that people working in education will soon be eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

  Local NC engineering company makes clear barriers to protect from COVID-19 on city, school bus

Their main focus now is creating clear barriers that can fit in cars, vans and buses.

  ‘This is important’: N.C. Gov. Cooper announces teachers, staff, childcare workers can get vaccinated starting Feb. 24

Catherine Truitt will be with Cooper and other North Carolina officials during a news briefing at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

  Teachers donate leave days to help Charlotte teacher battling cancer

Teachers are donating leave days to help a Charlotte teacher who is battling cancer.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools partnering with Novant to host COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Spectrum Center

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is partnering with Novant Health to host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Spectrum Center on Saturday.

SC Senate passes bill to move teachers to the front of the vaccine line

State senators unanimously passed a bill Tuesday that would move teachers, school staff and daycare workers higher up in the state’s vaccine rollout.

  Dozens show up at Cabarrus School Board building for three separate protests

Dozens of people wanted their voices heard Monday night in Cabarrus County.

  Thousands of Rock Hill elementary students headed to different schools. What we know.

The Rock Hill Schools Board of Trustees voted, 4-2, Monday night to adopt a plan that would rezone up to 3,746 elementary school students for the 2021-22 school year.

  ‘Safety is key’: Novant Health partners with CMS to get teachers 65+ vaccinated

Novant Health hosted a vaccination clinic for CMS teachers and staff at McClintock Middle School in southeast Charlotte.

  CMS superintendent says schools will stick with plan to return students starting Feb. 15

The CMS briefing comes days after North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and State Superintendent Catherine Truitt urged school districts across the state to reopen for in-person instruction

Burke County Board of education votes to send students back to the classroom

The governor had asked for a five-day schedule but Burke County Officials decided having Wednesdays to clean facilities would also give teachers a chance to help any student that needs extra help.

  Iredell Co. assistant principal charged in sexual exploitation of a minor

A Coddle Creek Elementary School assistant principal has been charged with second degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

  Black History Month: The Black Cowgirl inspires North Carolina kids to read

As a prize for reading and checking out three books, children were invited to her family’s 89-acre farm in Wendell.

  How can schools reopen safely? Private schools have the blueprint

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that in-person learning can be done safely.

  ‘There’s not too much social’: Seniors miss out on high school milestones due to remote learning

They are missing out on social life and many high school milestones.

  Parents have mixed opinions on Governor Roy Cooper’s school announcement

The governor did not issue an executive order, he is just pushing for options. He wants parents to have a choice. Parents feel that is a good thing because there is not unanimous support for one or the other.

  ‘Time to get our children back in classroom’: Gov. Cooper, NC Superintendent urge reopening of schools

Catherine Truitt will be with Cooper and other North Carolina officials during a news briefing at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

  VIDEO: Parents at Gaston Co. school frustrated teachers weren’t in classroom to break up fights

Two Gaston County parents are raising questions after they say their children were attacked at school by another student and teachers weren’t in the classroom to intervene.The two fights happened at Forestview High School in Gastonia just days apart from each other.Christian Scaff says he was in h

  Parents consider holding children back after struggling with remote learning

Many parents are left with a difficult decision – should I hold my child back in school?

  CMS families say students are failing classes, anxiously waiting for decision on in-person learning

Superintendent Earnest Winston plans to make a recommendation to the board for student to return to in-person learning in mid-February.But it’s not final until the board votes to approve it on February 9th.

McMaster challenges Biden Administrations ‘erroneous claims’ about safe re-opening of schools

Gov. Henry McMaster is taking on officials with President Joe Biden’s administration who he says are making incorrect claims about the possibility of safely bringing students back to the classroom.

  Study concludes that schools can reopen safely, with precautions taken

A study by the American Academy of Pediatrics in conjunction with Duke University and other institutions has concluded that the reopening of schools to in-person learning can be done safely.

Republicans on education board attack social studies plan

Republican members of the State Board of Education say that proposed social studies standards are “anti-American” and will teach North Carolina public school students that the nation is oppressive and racist.

  Students, parents react to news some CMS extracurricular activities will resume

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools announced Wednesday the district will allow several extracurricular activities to resume in February.

  CMS to allow some sports and other extracurricular activities to resume

CMS said they are resuming participation plans for in-season high school sports, after-school arts, and several other extracurricular programs.

  CDC: Little evidence shows COVID-19 outbreaks are linked to classrooms

The agency sites three studies, one involving 11 school districts in North Carolina last fall.

‘Thank you.’ District approves up to $2,000 bonuses for Rock Hill Schools’ teachers, staff

The board’s move, proposed by Superintendent Dr. Bill Cook, was a “‘Thank you’ for an outstanding job to its more than 2,400 employees,” the district said.

  Cabarrus County Schools K-3rd grade to move to Plan A starting Feb. 16

The board voted 5-2 at a mid-year planning session on Saturday to have those students move back to Plan A beginning Feb. 16.

  CMS leadership says they’re ready to return students to in-person learning, but decision is up to BOE

In a few short weeks, the CMS board of education will take another look at the county case numbers and decide if students will stay virtual or go back to in-person learning.Right now, CMS says the plan is to send student back to in-person learning in mid-February. But that decision will depend on w

  Mecklenburg County classifies previously reported COVID-19 cases at some CMS schools as clusters

Mecklenburg County Public Health officials notified CMS that several already-reported COVID-19 cases they investigated at North Mecklenburg High, Butler High and Lake Wylie Elementary are classified as clusters.

  Thousands of CMS parents sign letter to governor asking for choice to send kids to in-person learning

Thousands of North Carolina parents are waiting on a response from Governor Cooper after the signed a letter to the Governor asking he take executive action and reinstate in-person learning. Four groups representing four major school districts in North Carolina, including CMS, came together to writ

  Union Co. Public Schools works to vaccinate elder teachers, CMS staff asks when plans will roll out

Some districts are rolling out their plans, while others are silent.

Union County elementary school back to remote learning after four students test positive for COVID-19

Stallings Elementary School will close for students and staff from Jan. 20 to Feb. 2.

  CMS students, parents petition for school board to allow swim season to continue amid pause on high school athletics

CMS swimmers were supposed to start their conference meet on Saturday, just two days after the school board voted to pause all high school sports until mid February.

  ‘This is a picture of every parent’s worst nightmare’; Some CMS parents say virtual learning is taking emotional toll on kids

A newly-single mom is struggling to help her children learn while keeping her job. But she says still, it’s not even her who she’s worried about.

  Lancaster County Schools moves to fully remote learning for a week due to COVID-19

Lancaster County Schools is announcing a district-wide shift to remote learning for next week after nine schools had already moved to remote learning because of COVID-19.

  CMS board votes to remain in virtual learning until Feb. 12

The recommendation passed 8-1 during an emergency meeting held at 10:30 a.m.

  CMS teacher, parent respond to remote learning suggestion from Mecklenburg County

Mecklenburg County Public Health director Gibbie Harris is asking that schools keep students remote for the next three weeks in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

  Public health director recommends remote learning for CMS for 3 more weeks; parents, teachers speak out

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is set to allow students to return to in-person learning starting next week.

  More than 300 computers donated so far from WBTV’s Collect to Connect

Computers collected Tuesday will be processed, cleared of all private data, and could be ready for distribution as early as the end of February.

SC superintendent calls for teachers to be moved to top of phase 1b for COVID-19 vaccine

Some teachers have also expressed concern for not having paid sick leave or time off if they get the virus or have to quarantine.

  Undergraduate, graduate classes at UNC Charlotte to remain remote until Feb. 22

Classes will begin as scheduled at UNC Charlotte, but they will be delivered remotely for the next month or so.

  Union County Public Schools shifts back to in-person learning

Union County Public Schools (UCPS) is moving back into in-person learning beginning Monday, January 11th.