Virtual + Remote Learning

Here are the latest learning plans for schools in our area

Many students in our area are heading back to the classroom in some capacity, but not all districts support the same plan.

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

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

  Gov. Cooper vetoes North Carolina school reopening bill

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

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

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

Continued Coverage

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

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

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

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

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

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

  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.

  ‘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.

  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

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

Kannapolis City Schools to return to remote learning in January

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

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

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

  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.

  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 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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

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.

  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.

  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.

  High schooler unable to access internet with CMS hot spot five weeks into school year

According to CMS, about 16,000 students do not have reliable internet access. That’s more than 10% of K-12 students in the district.

  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

  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.

  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.

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.

  Date set to discuss CMS plans for phased return to in-person, as parents, board opinions split

A lawsuit from some parents calls for a judge to step in to file an injunction which would get CMS operating back in-person immediately.

  McMaster announces datacasting program to help students without internet access

A 1.3 million dollar investment is helping connect virtual students to school lessons without wifi. Governor Henry McMaster explained it saying the state is taking the schoolhouse to the children.

  UNC Charlotte begins semester with students in remote learning

The start of the semester for UNC Charlotte is finally here, but the wait isn’t over just yet as students logged on virtually for the start of classes Monday.

  Charlotte-Mecklenburg School teachers on special assignment to get students connected

Charlotte Mecklenburg School (CMS) teachers are banding together to create and sell T-shirts to help students get connected. The district says at the beginning of this school year more than 16,000 households with a CMS student in it lacked connectivity.

  CMS teacher records rap video to encourage students during virtual learning

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools behavioral teacher is using his rapping talent to connect with students in a positive way.

  CMS launches school bus hotspots, dozens turnout for stable internet

So far, CMS has launched two of the school bus hots pots - one in the Latin American Coalition parking lot and another at Bloomfield Acres.

  Parents concerned as issues continue, some pulling their children out of Gaston Virtual Academy

Some parents told WBTV last week that their children still did not know who their teachers were. Many are reporting problems continuing this week.

  Elementary school in Union Co. to close temporarily after COVID-19 exposure

Officials say the staff member may have exposed several other staff members and students to the virus.

CMS Board approves partnerships with community-based remote learning sites

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education has voted to allow CMS to contract with community-based organizations committed to establishing remote learning facilities for students.

  ‘We all need to do what we can’ WBTV viewer pays for internet for family who relied on library hot spot

A woman was touched by this story and offered to pay for them to have broadband internet.

CMS Foundation aims to provide internet service for students without home access

The CMS Foundation is aiming to raise funds to provide internet service for students without home access as school buildings remain closed due to ongoing COVID-19 risks.

  CMS teacher, parent reflect on hard work put into first week of remote learning

Behind every virtual lesson plan is a teacher learning new technology and educating at the same time.

  Parents, students frustrated by delays in learning through Gaston Virtual Academy

Classes were supposed to kick off on Monday, but some parents say two days later they have still not been able to access anything.

Déjà vu for families, N.C. Ed Cloud crashes again during day three of remote learning

Parents and teachers are frustrated. They need the NC Ed Cloud to work, because its the heartbeat behind remote learning.

During school year ‘like no other,‘ Gov. Cooper announces $12 million in funding to expand internet access

A $12 million initiative to expand internet access is expected to help more than 8,000 families in North Carolina.

  More login issues reported with N.C. remote learning program

Another round of issues was reported with a North Carolina remote learning program Wednesday, on day three of the school year for many in the state.

  Day 2 of remote learning for CMS paints much more promising picture for days ahead

While many families didn’t necessarily run into those technology glitches on the second day, CMS reports several thousand students still don’t have access to internet.

  Atrium doctors promote unplugging as screen time set to increase with virtual learning

Limiting screen time will be a lot harder for students going to school online, but doctors at Atrium say it is possible to make sure your kid stays disconnected for parts of the day.

  Special needs students find new advantages of virtual learning

Kids with learning disabilities benefit from virtual learning

  Dr. Fauci told N.C. leaders to wait before reopening schools with fully in-person learning

North Carolina’s health secretary says Dr. Anthony Fauci played a big role in them waiting before reopening public schools with fully in-person instruction.

  Gaston County Schools not allowing students to play sports if enrolled in district’s virtual academy

A Gaston County mom says sports was supposed to be the only normal thing about her kid’s school year and she believes the rule is not fair.

  Major server crashes as CMS families start with remote learning. Will glitches be part of new routine?

Thousands of CMS families logged on Monday morning, only to be shut out.

  Lincoln County school temporarily closes after possible COVID-19 cluster

Iron Station Elementary School will be closed for students through Aug. 30, Lincoln County Schools Superintendent Dr. Lory Morrow announced.

  CMS teachers and parents navigate technical glitch on first day of school

Teachers spent the morning reaching out to their students to help them log on.

  ‘Service now working’ after login issues with N.C. remote learning program

Schools reported issues with NC EDCloud as students across North Carolina started class Monday.

  How virtual learning impacts kid’s socialization and development

Typically socialization happens as friendships form in the classroom, but how does that happen virtually?

Back to school with remote learning in CMS: Parents, here are answers to FAQ

School starts Monday with remote learning in Mecklenburg County.

  Lowe’s donates laptops for students to end the digital divide

Remote learning means school supply lists look different this year for many Charlotte Mecklenburg students.

  Mental health experts offer tips on balancing multiple students in one household

With multiple school-aged children and teenagers in one household, parents say learning from home amidst the coronavirus pandemic can be a challenge.

  Pop up ‘schools’ at churches, banks, conference rooms as parents prepare for more remote learning

Several schools districts in the Charlotte area, including CMS are going back to school fully remote, leaving parents who work full time in a bind.

  Charlotte Mecklenburg Library resources aim to lessen digital divide

Groups like the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library are doing all they can to balance safety in a pandemic and serving students.

  Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools offer delivery option for meals during remote learning

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools nutrition leaders introduced a meal bundle program that will enable students to get meals even as the district opens in fully-remote learning.

  Each our area SC school districts has 30 to 40 percent of students learning online

There is a better look at how many students will be learning virtually in South Carolina this fall and what that would look like.

  ‘Stop dragging your feet and make a decision’: CMS parent, student-athlete speak on future of school sports

Parents and students from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools received mixed messages about the future of school sports during the 2020-2021 academic year Thursday.

  Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools not in favor of high school sports during remote learning

The district returned a questionnaire to the N.C. High School Athletic Association on Thursday and said it would not allow student-athletes to play sports while in remote learning.