COVID-19 Learning Plans

  Gaston County mother says daughter who has ‘long-term COVID effects’ is now vaccinated

12-year-old Wednesday Lynch got her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine Sunday, according to her mother, Melissa Lynch.

Third Creek Middle School temporarily moving to remote learning following COVID-19 cases

Do you have to wear masks in schools? Rock Hill allows teachers to opt-out

  ‘How can they do that?’ Students react as Johnson & Wales requires COVID-19 vaccinations for students in fall

  Church leaders agree with county plan to withhold CMS funds

  S.C. reps express ‘great concern’ over mask requirement in schools

  Governor McMaster’s mask comments spark another debate about masks in schools

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  Livingstone College to require vaccine for students, faculty and staff this fall

Duke requiring new, returning students be vaccinated against COVID-19

  Teen vaccine data showing effectiveness for 12-to-15-year-olds is encouraging for schools, experts say

Johnson C. Smith hosting in-person graduation ceremony

  Charlotte-area school district regularly kept students in classroom despite pandemic - here’s how

  CMS middle, high school students to move to classroom four days a week, then fully in-person in May

CMS superintendent to recommend giving middle, high school students even more in-person learning days

The superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is recommending to send middle and high school students back for in-person learning for even more days a week.

  UNC Charlotte students looking forward to fall semester with more in-person opportunities

UNC Charlotte current and prospective students are looking forward to the fall semester's changes.

  Parents divided on CMS remote learning day due to inclement weather

Because of the threat of severe weather in the Carolinas, many school districts decided to move school on Thursday to an all-remote option.

  UNC Charlotte to return to full operations for 2021 fall semester

The announcement comes as COVID-19 vaccines become increasingly available and infection rates and hospitalizations, for the most part, continue to decrease across the state of North Carolina.

  Lincoln County Schools heading back to in-person learning with concern over student meal supply

Union Co. Board of Education votes to send all students back in-person five days a week

  Fort Mill Schools returns to five days in-person, parents have mixed reaction

  Cabarrus County Board of Education votes unanimously to begin Plan A learning

  Gov. Cooper signs in-person school reopening bill into law in North Carolina

  Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools votes to give students more in-person learning days

  Winthrop faculty and staff moving back on campus March 15, employees feeling “forced”

Winthrop’s interim president says everyone, no matter the person’s COVID-19 risk, has to come back to in-person soon.

  ‘It makes you feel a lot safer’: Local woman describes getting COVID-19 vaccine, new CDC guidance on gatherings

Charlotte resident Julie Klutts said she is happy to be vaccinated for the coronavirus and hopes it will bring her relief when it comes to family gatherings.

  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.

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

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is soon expected to vote on giving students more in-person learning days, according to sources.

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

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

  York County teachers get vaccinated ahead of Phase 1B

All four York County districts got permission from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to start vaccinating teachers before Phase 1B starts next week.

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

Those frontline workers were originally scheduled to be eligible on March 10, following teachers, school staff and daycare employees.

  S.C. teachers ready to get vaccine in Phase 1B but want to hold off on reopening

Teachers can now get vaccine appointments starting Monday. It comes with the expectation school districts will go back to five days in-person learning.

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

On Monday evening, 29 opposing votes led to the Senate’s failure to override the veto. The Senate would have needed three-fifths of the vote.

  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.

  ‘I do think the most at-risk people should be moved up’: Conover man with underlying condition voices concern about NC vaccine rollout

Conover resident Dave Cunningham said he is disappointed that people with pre-existing conditions are not being prioritized for the COVID-19 vaccination process.

  S.C. teachers struggle as they watch fellow educators get vaccinated, Phase 1B date not set

Frustrations grow for South Carolina teachers watching their fellow educators getting vaccinated right across the state line.

  Avery Co. mobile health Clinics take vaccines to the teachers

Teachers and school staff in Avery County finally got their chance to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

  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.

Fort Mill middle and high school students to return to in-person learning five days a week

Fort Mill Schools will return all middle and high school students to a five-day instructional model on March 15.

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

WBTV talked to two drivers who says the CMS’s plan works. It is a good plan, but it leaves some room for improvement.

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

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.

COVID-19 cluster identified in Caldwell County Schools

Caldwell County Health Department also confirmed another virus-related death.

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.

  ‘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.

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

It might only be 58 percent, but those teachers in that percentage wanted to be vaccinated now. However, for the teachers, now is looking more like never.

  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.

  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.

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

Drivers have been doing training since the summer on everything from mask protocol to proper disinfecting techniques.

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

Tabernacle Christian School emailed parents earlier in the week to announce the changes.

  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.

  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

Nearly 17,000 people have signed an online petition asking the governor to change the guidelines for mass gatherings at high school athletic events. Per executive order 169, only 100 spectators are allowed at high school outdoor games. But parents say for bigger teams, that barely allows for both p

  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.

  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.

  South Carolina teachers advocate for vaccine prioritization

The state believes phase 1B could start in early spring. That covers frontline essential workers like law enforcement and teachers, but some say they want the shot sooner.

  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.