UPDATED: Students will not return to North Carolina classrooms this school year

[Photo courtesy North Carolina Department of Public Instruction]

Gov. Roy Cooper on Friday announced that North Carolina public schools will remain closed through the remainder of this school year.

“Today, we’ve had to make another tough choice,” Cooper said. “Together with Superintendent Johnson and Chairman Davis, we have decided to continue remote learning for the rest of this school year for our K-12 public schools. School classrooms may be closed, but the learning is not over.”

Cooper said remote learning will continue, and announcements will be forthcoming on grading and how the school year will continue.

He said the next school year will likely be different, but “I have every confidence we will find a way to get schools open safely in the new school year.”

“The opening of schools in summer and fall, and the availability of summer camps, are going to depend on meeting health guidelines,” he said.

Dare County schools Superintendent John Farrelly sent an email to parents shortly after the announcement, saying senior leadership has been on working on plans in the event schools would close for the remainder of the year.

“I will send out an email next week that will provide details including timelines related to remote learning, a review of grading procedures given the new State Board of Education policies, technology devices, picking up personal belongings etc.,” he wrote.

He also words of hope for graduating seniors and their parents.

“… We have been working for several weeks on possible graduation scenarios and will be receiving teacher input next week. Following that we intend to provide graduating seniors and their parents with a survey on Monday, May 4 where you will have a chance to provide input,” he said.

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