COVID-19 Learning Plans

  Fort Mill Schools latest district to make ‘five day in-person’ shift, teachers want help advocating for vaccines

The teacher vaccination bill passed in the Senate recently. The House Ways and Means healthcare subcommittee held a hearing today where State Superintendent Molly Spearman spoke.

  Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools bus drivers have few changes to otherwise ‘strong’ COVID-19 plan

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

COVID-19 cluster identified in Caldwell County Schools

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

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

  S.C. Superintendent backs Phase 1A Senate bill, teachers aren’t convinced they’ll get vaccinated

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  How CMS custodians are keeping schools disinfected once students return

  Help on the way for failing Union County Public Schools students

  CMS transportation staff share COVID-19 safety protocols, preparation for school buses

Tabernacle Christian School changes schedule in response to COVID-19 exposures

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

  Educators react to governor’s announcement regarding teacher vaccine eligibility

  S.C. teachers hope Senate bill boost them to Phase 1A; DHEC not backing it

South Carolina’s state Senate agrees with the teachers. It unanimously passed a bill Tuesday to put teachers in Phase 1A, but the bill might not have the state health agency’s approval.

  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.

  Some Gaston County students to start 4 days of in-person learning

Passing in a 7-2 vote, the district will move into Plan A, meaning K-5 students will be almost completely in-person.

  ‘We want to watch them play’: N.C. parents petition for more than 100 people at outdoor high school athletic events

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

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

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

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

  South Carolina teachers advocate for vaccine prioritization

  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.

  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.

  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.

Weddington Elementary transitions to Plan C following positive COVID-19 cases

All students and staff will be remote Jan. 25 through Feb. 5.

  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.

  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.

  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.

Gardner-Webb University announces COVID procedures ahead of new semester

Gardner-Webb University faculty and staff are preparing to welcome back more than 1,750 students for the spring semester.

NC National Guard mobilized to help with vaccination efforts across the state

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety announced on Tuesday that 50 National Guard personnel were mobilized to help local health departments with COVID-19 vaccines.

More than 10,000 North Carolina students unaccounted for

At least 10,000 North Carolina public school students are unaccounted for amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  Union County school board votes to go fully remote for a week

Union County Public Schools has voted to go fully remote for a week in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

  CMS votes to move entire school district to remote learning until mid-January

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has voted to move its entire school district to remote learning until mid-January.

Burke County Schools moving to remote learning due to COVID-19

Burke County Schools will be moving to fully remote learning after the holiday break due to COVID-19.

Third Burke Co. school in a week moving to Plan C following ‘numerous’ COVID-19 cases

North Liberty School Principal Lisa Summey notified parents Monday via the SchoolMessenger alert system of the positive cases.

S.C. Department of Education giving $84 million to public, special schools

The funds will support reopening efforts.

Two Fort Mill School District schools temporarily moving to virtual learning

Fort Mill Elementary and Pleasant Knoll Middle schools are moving to virtual learning.

3 schools move to remote learning in Lancaster County due to COVID-19

AR Rucker Middle, Indian Land High and Lancaster High will transition to virtual learning on Monday, Dec. 14.

Second Burke Co. school in a week hit by COVID cluster, moves to remote learning

Both affected schools will be sanitized but no one other than the cleaning crews will be allowed in the building for at least two weeks.

  Without CARES Act, COVID-19 tests for uninsured is threatened

he North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services tells WBTV 176,574 people have had some or all of the cost of testing covered because of coronavirus relief funds.

  Cabarrus School Board votes to return to fully remote learning due to COVID-19

The Cabarrus County Board of Education has voted to return to fully remote learning due to increasing spread of COVID-19.

  Parents across the Carolinas share how their students are learning amid district changes

Some school districts in S.C. returned to the classroom this week, while Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools voted to go fully remote on Tuesday.

  CMS Board votes to move K-12 students to remote learning due to COVID-19 concerns

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board has voted to move all K-12 students to remote learning on Dec. 14 due to the increasing spread of coronavirus in the county.

  Could CMS implement Plan C and go remote learning district-wide?

Three CMS board members have made it known that COVID-19 numbers in CMS schools indicate there should be a consideration.

  Lancaster County Schools start four-day in-person learning schedule

Lancaster County Schools is one of the last districts to make the shift. Unlike other districts, Lancaster County school board dedicated a day for teachers helping virtual learning students. Friday is the day virtual students will do extra work with teachers.

  NCDHHS launching pilot program for COVID-19 antigen testing of K-12 staff and students

According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, the state will get 3 million antigen tests by the end of the year.

  CMS welcomes K-8 middle school students back to classrooms amid questions about holiday travel

Many parents told WBTV they were already worried about more students returning to the classroom, but the Thanksgiving holiday break has amplified their concerns.

  CMS looks to hire more bus drivers, fill open positions ahead of students return

Right now CMS has 10 vacancies and 110 school bus drivers on leave.

  CMS Board gives superintendent authority to shift individual schools to remote learning as needed

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Board of Education has granted Superintendent Earnest Winston the authority to transition individual schools from in-person learning to remote learning as needed.

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

The battle comes as CMS reports an increase in its positive student and staff COVID cases.

  SC Education Dept., State Supt. were ‘unaware’ of governor’s school testing kit announcement

According to South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), there are more than 2,000 cases among students in South Carolina. and more than 900 cases among school staff.

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

Schools should have the tests after the Thanksgiving holiday, health officials say.

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

More concern after four staffers tested positive for COVID-19 who work at the district’s new Transportation Center.

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

Both parents and teachers say that is a major risk for their children and families.

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

More schools continue to report potential COVID-19 positive case exposure and are deciding to temporarily go remote.

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

Families must decide if their child will enroll in the district’s Full Remote Academy.

  Longtime Union Co. Public Schools employee dies after testing positive for COVID-19

Melissa Bowman worked for the school system for 20 years.

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

Clinton Elementary School and A.R. Rucker Middle School have moved to online learning through Nov. 24.

Hallyburton Academy moving to remote learning for two weeks following COVID-19 exposures

The building is closed for cleaning and those exposed have been quarantined or isolated.

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

Rock Hill Schools is only bringing its kindergarten through second graders back for five days, but the district has plans to bring the rest of the elementary students and the middle school students back by the end of November.

  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.

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.

  Thousands of CMS elementary students return to classroom

Some Charlotte-Mecklenburg students are returning to in-person learning Monday.

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

Many CMS parents and students are saying goodbye to remote learning on Friday. At least partially.Starting on Monday, CMS students kindergarten through 5th grade have the option to return to school in a rotating schedule.Nearly 40,000 students are going back on the A and B rotating schedule for in

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

They say remote learning isn’t cutting it and they want CMS to consider sending high schoolers back for in-person learning this semester.

  CMS gets ready to welcome back some students starting Monday

Beginning Monday, elementary schools in Charlotte-Mecklenburg will open doors for in-person learning.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

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.

  Two clusters reported at two UNCC residence halls following additional testing due to ‘uptick’ in COVID-19 cases

According to the university’s student newspaper, a student has tested positive for COVID-19 at a dorm at UNC Charlotte.

Residents at 3 UNCC residence halls quarantine, undergo testing after ‘uptick’ in COVID-19 cases

According to the university’s student newspaper, a student has tested positive for COVID-19 at a dorm at UNC Charlotte.

  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.