With the statewide closure of schools in North Carolina, parents have been hitting my inbox at a steady rate asking for resources, and informational links and help to keep their kids on target.
I’ve created a list of links to help.
This article will be continuously updated, so please come back and see what is new.
COVID-19 Timeline key points:
March 10 – Governor Cooper issued executive order 116, declaring a state of emergency.
March 14 – Governor Cooper issued executive order 117, which closes all K-12 public schools in the state and bans mass gatherings of 100 or more people.
March 17 – Governor Cooper issued executive order 118, which closes restaurants for dine-in services, forcing restaurants to adhere to take-out or delivery services only. The order also makes alterations to reduce restrictions for unemployment applicants.
March 23 – Governor Cooper announced a new executive order with schools to remain closed until May 15.
March 24 – Governor Cooper announced that “The State Board of Education (SBE) and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI) will establish a new $50 million flexible allotment for public school units to address COVID-19-related expenses.”
March 27 – Governor Cooper issued executive order 121, requiring the entire state to “stay at home or place of residence” beginning March 30 at 5 pm for a period of 30 days. Only essential travel is permitted and only essential businesses are allowed to remain operational. The order bans mass gatherings of 10 or more people.
April 23 – Governor Cooper announced extension of the statewide stay-at-home order through May 8. Unveils “3 phase plan.” Phase one has no start or end date, which makes it a guessing game when phase 2 and 3 will happen. The phase plan could draw out an unofficial ‘stay-at-home’ scenario for several months. (more here)
April 24 – Governor Cooper announced that all public schools in NC will remain closedfor the remainder of 2019-20.
July 1 – The date Governor Cooper said would be the day where state metrics would be assessed to determining the “level” at which schools reopen in August.
View the governor’s key executive orders:
- Executive Order No. 116 (State of Emergency)
- Executive Order No. 117 (school closures)
- Executive Order No. 118 (Closes restaurants, loosens UI reqs.)
- Executive Order No. 119 (Expands childcare)
- Executive Order No. 120 (school closure until May 15)
- Executive Order 135 (Extends stay-at-home order to May 8)
*All of the governor’s executive orders include a penalty for violation of a Class 2 misdemeanor, which is punishable by 6 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.
General Assembly Links
The General Assembly has a compilation of COVID-19 links. The House has formed a bi-partisan COVID-19 committee that will be working on a number of issues, including education. The committee will meet remotely, but the public can listen in on the legislature’s audio page and submit questions via a comment portal.
- House Select Committee on COVID-19
- General Assembly COVID-19 Education workgroup
- Senate Bill 704 – COVID-19 Relief Bill
- House Bill 1043 – COVID-19 Recovery Bill
According to the most recent newsletters from education officials in the state, all public schools/districts will be doing some required impact reporting in anticipation of requests from legislators, health organizations. Data to be collected will include:
- School closures and number of days closed due to coronavirus
- Lost wages in the event of school closure, by fund, differentiating hourly by salaried
- Additional costs associated with School Nutrition services during school closure
- Overtime paid due to coronavirus, if applicable
- Staff absences due to coronavirus sickness (see next item)
- Staff absences due to coronavirus exposure/closures.
- Transportation costs associated with emergency management (recommend using the 4th digit of the purpose code)
Updates from the U.S. Dept. of Education (federal links):
- COVID-19 Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel
- Standardized testing for 2019-2020 school year is waived; states need to apply
- Interest payments on federal student loans will be suspended for 60 days
- Q& A on providing services to students with disabilities during COVID outbreak
- Fact Sheet: Impact of COVID-19 on Assessments and Accountability under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
- FAQ – Student Privacy, FERPA & Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- H.R.6201 – Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Higher Education Updates including The College Board (SAT, AP exams):
- Advanced Placement Courses and Test updates
- AP Online review sessions
- AP Testing Guide for 2020
- AP Exam explainer videos for 2020 exams, walk-throughs
- SAT Test Updates for March and May
- UNC System COVID-19 Resources and Updates
- UNC will refund prorated housing, dining payments to students affected by COVID-19
Updates from the NC Dept. of Public Instruction and State Board of Education including resources, questions, feedback, and other guidance:
- NC DPI COVID-19 Responses & Resources
- Superintendent FAQs COVID-19
- NC Virtual COVID-19 Response
- Q and A on COVID-19 Supplemental Fund – PRC154 and Funding Flexibility
- K-12 PSUs Questions, Comments & Concerns Google Form
- Executive Order 117 Guidance from the State Board of Education
- State Board seeks testing waiver
- N.C. education officials approve waiver nixing end of year testing
- COVID-19 Funding, Waivers, and Resources for Charter Schools
- COVID-19 Resources for Public Charter Schools
from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS)
- DPI and UNC-TV team up to provide programming for K-12 kids
NC k-12 Grading Policy Updates:
- N.C. State Board of Ed Grading Guidance Recommendation (3/26/2020)
- NC DPI Grading Guidance (4/20/2020)
- N.C. State Board of Ed Remote Learning, Evaluation of student progress & graduating seniors (4/20/20)
- N.C. State Board of Ed FINAL GRADING POLICY (4/23/20)
Remote & Continuity of Learning:
- NC Standard Course of Study
- Continuity of Learning Resources
- Remote Learning Resources from the NC DPI Digital Teaching & Learning Team
- Remote Learning Instructional Resources by Grade
Wake County Specific:
In an announcement on Friday, March 20, WCPSS shared a link to a remote learning resources website (linked below.)
According to this update, “lessons found on this site will not be graded.” It was clear from this update that these items are to keep students busy and are meant to help maintain a routine at home.
This is simply a place where you can find appropriate materials for your child that will supplement their learning while students are out of school.
New material will be added to the website. The current resources are designed to address an immediate need during the second week of school closures.
- Remote Learning Resources Portal
- Archived March 20 WCPSS News Update
- Class of 2020 Q&A (as of 3/23)
- Calendar Change for Year-Round Schools: Beginning April 13, all year-round schools will follow a traditional school calendar for as long as schools remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (more details)
- June 24 Presentation to the Board for Reopening Schools. (This plan keeps changing from week to week and parents should check the board website for the most recent news/materials.)
For information on non-public schools, including homeschooling and private schools:
- #WCPSS Updates: Coronavirus Edition
- #NCED Updates: Coronavirus Edition – UPDATES
- State education officials announce guidance to use schools for childcare
- Public school closures may open door to homeschooling
- Interactive map of national school closures
- We are all homeschoolers now
- Distance learning lessons from our teachers of the year(Actual videos of lessons)
- What we know about serving students with disabilities, AP classes, and student privacy in the time of coronavirus
- How much will public schools receive in COVID-19 supplemental funds?
- How Schools Can Approach the Admissions/Enrollment Process During the COVID 19 School Closures?
- Free, Online Learning Resources When Coronavirus Closes Schools
- How Do I Find … in Schoolnet (video)
- Resources and Information for Remote Learning Webinar Recording (video)
- NCPedia Educator Resources
- Carolina K-12 Database (UNC maintained lessons and activities by grade level)
- Schooling at Home resources (also UNC)
- Prager U – 10 videos for the whole family
- Hillsdale College(a lot of great history and civics lessons here)
- Crash Course Kids (Science K-5)
- Virtual Field Trips
- Scholastic Learn At Home
- Smithsonian Fun Stuff for Kids
- Smithsonian Learning Lab and Science Lab
- MIT’s Scratch Lab
- Khan Academy
- Pinterest (Get on, search homeschool, you will be amazed at what is out there)
- UNC-TV programming for K-12 Kids
Resources being circulated for Educators:
- Teach from Home (GOOGLE)
- Resources for Distance Learning
- “Teaching on Your Time” (TOY TIME) 9 a.m. daily elementary lesson (grades K-5), 9:30 a.m. daily secondary lesson (grades 6-12).
Need a break or distraction? YouTube has a selection of “Free Movies” that only require sitting through ads now and again.
If you have a suggested link to add, please reach out through to this blog’s email: TheLL1885@gmail.com