Gov. Cooper announces N.C. schools to remain closed to in-person instruction for rest of 19-20 year

NC schools to remain closed for in-person instruction

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Governor Roy Cooper is closing K-12 schools for the remainder of the school year, deferring to online learning for the rest of the calendar.

“We’ve had to make another tough choice,” Governor Cooper said.

Education leaders joined Cooper during a Friday afternoon press briefing to discuss the plans on how the state expects to move forward.

Gov. Cooper announces schools will remain closed for in-person instruction for the rest of the academic year

Schools were originally closed to students and staff for in-person instruction until at least May 15.

“Already we know that even the next school year will not be ‘business as usual.’ There will be new measures in place to protect health when school buildings open again next year,” Governor Cooper said. The governor did not have recommendations yet for year-round schools set to open in July and how the opening of the school year might change during the next year. He did say schools might not be offering sports upon return of the students next year.

The state has been consulting with education leaders, parents and health officials on what to do, as it refers to the schools.

Most schools have since reverted to teaching students digitally. The governor said each day more students are able to participate and that will continue to expand.

On Thursday, Cooper extended North Carolina’s stay-at-home order until May 8.

The governor also announced he’s proposing a budget for the 1.4 billion dollars awarded to the state of North Carolina from the federal CARES Act to address three immediate needs: public health/safety, continuity of operations for education and other government initiatives and assistance for small business and local government.

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