How Triangle School Districts Are Responding to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Details from Durham County Public Schools, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public Schools, Orange County Public Schools, and Wake County Public Schools
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UPDATE: Update: Gov. Roy Cooper has ordered closures for all North Carolina public schools for at least two weeks, starting Monday (March 16). "Governor Cooper has appointed an Education and Nutrition Working Group to develop a plan to ensure that children and families are supported while schools are closed," a release stated. The working group will focus on issues including nutrition, health, childcare access for critical health care and other front-line workers and learning support for children at home" We'll update with more details on these initiatives when the information is available.

You’ve likely received an email or robocall (or both) from your child’s school administrator to reassure you they’re taking the proper steps to prepare for the novel coronavirus. Here’s what else we know:

Durham County Public Schools

Durham Public Schools are closed, effective on Monday, March 16. From the district's "closure plan":

DPS students will be on break the week of March 16, and will be provided supplemental instructional material beginning Monday, March 23. Materials and resources provided are supplemental to enable opportunities for practice during the school closure period

Meals: DPS will begin a daily feeding program for Durham County children on Monday, March 23, similar to our summer meals initiative. We will provide locations for families to pick up meals; details will be available next week.

Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public Schools

Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public Schools are currently closed to students. They have adjusted the schedule so that Monday through Wednesday of next week (March 16-18) are teacher work days, and Thursday (March 19) is the beginning of Spring Break, which runs through March 27. Students will then be "learning from home" between March 30 through April 3, with details on that to come. More details from the district:

Food Services: Beginning Monday, a community coalition consisting of local Churches, non-profits and our CHCCS Child Nutrition team will distribute meals to children throughout our school district. They have identified over 20 sites where meals will be available. Northside Elementary (350 Caldwell Street) will have hot meals available from 12-12:30 each weekday. We will have crossing guards located at their regular duty stations for those walking to the school. [More on this here.]

Orange County Public Schools

Orange County Public Schools are closed, effective on Monday, March 16. From the district's "closure plan":

  • OCS Spring Break will remain in place as scheduled: March 30-April 3. 
  • During the weeks of March 16-20 and March 23-27, students will be learning from home.  Teachers will be expected to hold “office hours” (i.e., virtually, via email, phone) from 9:00 a.m. – noon from March 16-18.

Child Nutrition and School Meals: We know many of our children and families rely on the meals they receive in our schools. Orange County Schools will provide students and families with information about food resources within the community.  Any additional information regarding food and resources will be posted and shared with our families via the website and social media when it becomes available.

Wake County Public Schools

Update: Wake County Public Schools will be closed from Monday (March 16) "through at least Friday, March 27. This includes all before and after-school programs. The district is moving Spring Break, moving all remaining teacher work days and using any remaining bank time."

"While we cannot replace the value of the teacher student interaction in the classroom we are working to provide supplemental resources and activities that will help students remain engaged in learning while schools are closed. Check the WCPSS website homepage periodically for additional updates."

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