Pines Elementary School is closed because of these issues but this isn’t the first time they’ve had reports of this. And while the Superintendent says there’s no need for concern, some parents who have children enrolled at Pines, beg to differ.
For the past years, schools nationwide have continually updated operations to follow state and federal health guidelines, and rules are once again changing as the CDC relaxed some school social distancing guidelines.
The ongoing pandemic has left its mark on school systems around the country and here in Eastern North Carolina, the effects of the virus has impacted many aspects of school operations and learning, and that also include staffing levels.
One local school system is reacting to the news that was announced Wednesday, about the potential for schools to reopen under Plan A and making adjustments to events that have been planned for their seniors.
Federal law requires states to test students each year in subjects including math and reading as a way to gauge schools’ progress and to identify learning disparities among different groups of students.
Sebrana Daniels’ son DeLeon was sent an invitation to a chatroom used by his teacher to communicate with students learning remotely. Inside, dozens of people sending phone numbers, addresses and explicit photos.
It was last week that the Craven County Board of Education made the decision to postpone student’s return to the classroom for face to face instruction, instead opting to go virtual for the first two weeks. Now the school system says they are beginning to see the number of positive cases among staff and students rise following the holiday break.
School districts in Eastern Carolina are worried about seeing a spike in coronavirus cases among students and staff following the upcoming winter break, especially after the recent surge they saw following Thanksgiving.
Lenoir County Public School students currently going to school twice a week for face-to-face instruction can move to a four-day-a-week schedule in January provided public health guidelines can still be met at their school and in their classroom.
Recent studies have shown students across the country are struggling with virtual learning, and it’s being reflected in test scores. In Craven County, School leaders say this wasn’t completely unexpected but is something that they are working around the clock to address so students don’t fall even further behind.
Monday was the first day back to school after the Thanksgiving holiday break, and as coronavirus cases continue to surge across North Carolina school systems are asking families to remain vigilant about any COVID symptoms they may be experiencing, in an effort to try and minimize the spread.