Links to help parents during NC school closures

covid 19 CORONAVIRUSWith 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.

The inquires have substantially increased now that it is looking far more certain that school is going to remain closed through April or longer based on a recent interview with Supt. Mark Johnson.

“I can tell you right now – people need to be preparing we are not coming back to school April 1st,” Johnson told ABC 11. “We’re working with the governor’s team very closely. We’re working with the federal government particularly about getting the waivers we need and making sure we don’t have to test this school year.”

This mirrors what Governor Cooper said in the March 18 news conference.

“We’re going to be out of schools for a while,” said Cooper. “The [executive] order was for March 30, but I think people know that with community spread and the crisis increasing, we will likely be out for longer.”

With both Supt. Johnson and Gov. Cooper reading from the same page, it is likely when the current executive order is about to expire that a new order will replace it to keep schools closed. In the meantime, the governor has already applied for waivers for federal programs like WIC, SNAP and other school nutrition-related programs.

At the March 23rd press conference, the governor announced a new executive order with schools to remain closed until May 15.

On March 24, the governor 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.”

View the governor’s executive orders:

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.

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:

  1. School closures and number of days closed due to coronavirus
  2. Lost wages in the event of school closure, by fund, differentiating hourly by salaried
  3. Additional costs associated with School Nutrition services during school closure
  4. Overtime paid due to coronavirus, if applicable
  5. Staff absences due to coronavirus sickness (see next item)
  6. Staff absences due to coronavirus exposure/closures.
  7. 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):

Higher Education Updates including The College Board (SAT, AP exams):

Updates from the NC Dept. of Public Instruction and State Board of Education including resources, questions, feedback, and other guidance:

Remote & Continuity of Learning:

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.

For information on non-public schools, including homeschooling and private schools:

Useful articles:

Useful resources:

Resources being circulated for Educators:

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:

About A.P. Dillon

A.P. Dillon is a freelance journalist and is currently writing at The North State Journal. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_
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