NC Public Schools Shift To Remote Learning Until May 15th

CHARLOTTE, NC – A new executive order from North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper will keep all K-12 public schools closed through May 15th. The state’s 1.5 million students have been home since March 16th.

“I’m not ready to give up on this year of school,” said Gov. Roy Cooper during a Monday news conference.

He announced that North Carolina public schools will be taught virtually for the next seven weeks.

“I will sign an executive order that closes our K-12 public schools across North Carolina for in-person instruction until May 15th,” said Cooper.

Many parents are now scrambling to become home school teachers. As educators push to get course work online. 

“[We want] a real connection to our schools even while the buildings themselves are closed,” said Cooper.

Teachers are getting creative by posting videos online of themselves reading books to their students going over some of the course material. CMS is offering online resources as well.

Organizations like the CMS Foundation raised more than half a million dollars to provide internet access to 6,000 students in need. 

State Superintendent Mark Johnson, is in talks with legislators about possibly eliminating testing for the remainder of the year. And ensuring teachers and staff are paid. 

”Last week felt like an entire month,” said Johnson, “so much had to be accomplished in such a short amount of time.”

As the number of people infected with coronavirus continues to rise, stress is mounting on teachers, parents and students.

“I know that these actions cause hardship and heartache for a lot of people, but they’re necessary to save lives,” said Cooper

The public will be shut out of the CMS regularly scheduled board meeting on Tuesday. It will be streamed online.