Back to School

  UNCW announces plans for spring 2021

To help reduce the spread on COVID-19, UNCW will have an extended winter break in lieu of spring break with classes beginning on Wednesday January 20, 2021.

Pender County Schools announces administration changes at Topsail High, Penderlea

  How schools in Pender County make in-person learning work

  Brunswick County school board votes to allow K-5 students to return to class for in-person instruction

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher hopes donors will help surprise her students with Legos for learning

  NHC Board of Education votes for AA/BB model for returning students to class

UPDATE: NHC Schools postpone virtual town halls for Plan B transition

Continued Coverage

“I am scared”: Covid-weary teacher prepares will instead of lesson plans

Confirmed case of COVID-19 at a Columbus County School

New video from Pender County Schools answers questions about Plan A

Brunswick County Board of Education calls emergency meeting

  NCDHHS permits limited family spectators at college football games

  Staff at small Columbus County elementary school help raise money to bury custodian’s brother

CFCC opens new fitness center and launches new health and fitness program

Beginning this fall, students can study for an Associate of Science degree in Applied Science Health and Fitness at Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) and can benefit from the newly opened fitness center.

NC GOP leaders, parents call on Cooper to allow in-person classes citing negative remote learning impacts

Republican state leaders and a group of parents called for Gov. Roy Cooper (D) to allow full-time, in-person classes Wednesday, citing their concerns about the negative impacts remote learning is having on kids and families.

Candidates for New Hanover County Board of Education take part in virtual forum

Candidates running for the New Hanover County Board of Education gathered virtually Tuesday evening in a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Lower Cape Fear, YWCA Lower Cape Fear and the North Carolina Coastal Federation.

  NHC Schools Board of Education approves move to Plan B

The New Hanover County Board of Education voted 6-1 Tuesday night to allow students to return to the classroom in Plan B.

  Plan B or C? Parents of NHCS students prepare for possible school changes

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher would like seat pockets for her kindergarten students

  Ivanka Trump campaigns for her father in Wilmington

USDA awards grant to ATMC to bring high speed internet to rural Pender County

  WECT Investigates: Students involuntarily withdrawn from college training program, not offered refunds

  New Hanover County Schools to expand meal service beginning Monday

  Pender Co. Schools releases findings in investigation of use of racial slurs

Pender County Schools released the findings of an independent investigation Wednesday into the use of racial slurs by employees.

  PCS Board of Education approves name restoration for Burgaw Elementary School, announces release date for findings of racial investigation

The Pender County Schools Board of Education unanimously approved a name restoration for Burgaw Elementary to C.F. Pope Elementary School at a meeting Tuesday

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher wants to give students a ’digital window into the world of learning’

Teacher wants to give students a ’digital window into the world of learning’

Duke University COVID-19 cases spread at slower rate

Classes at Duke University continue undisrupted as COVID-19 cases spread at a slower rate than at other nearby and large universities.

  Workers stay busy behind the scenes of New Hanover County schools

Just because kids are learning from home doesn’t mean schools have been quiet.

Students in two Topsail Elementary classes asked to quarantine

After exposure to a positive case of COVID-19, students in a kindergarten class and a fourth-grade class at Topsail Elementary School were asked to quarantine, Wednesday, September 2.

  UPDATE: New Hanover County Board of Education chair steps down; new chair elected

New Hanover County Schools board chair Lisa Estep announced she is stepping down at a meeting Tuesday, September 1.

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Help Snipes Academy dance students beat the isolation blues

Mrs. Cleare, who teaches dance at Snipes Academy of Art & Design in Wilmington, is asking donors to help her students “cure the isolation blues” while they’re at home.

  UNCW identifies another cluster in a residence hall

University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) identified a cluster of seven cases of COVID-19 in Cornerstone Hall, Monday, August 31.

Summer Nutrition Programs are extended through the end of 2020

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) extended a suite of nationwide waivers Monday August 31 to continue operating summer nutrition programs.

UNCW lawsuit goes to mediation next week

Instead of a hearing scheduled for Friday for the lawsuit against the UNC System, all parties agreed to mediate the matter Wednesday, September 2 with former Court of Appeals Judge Doug McCullough.

UNCW identifies two clusters of COVID-19 among students on campus

The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) identified two clusters of COVID-19 among students in Pelican Hall and Graham-Hewlett Hall on Thursday, August 27.

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher wants sports and exercise equipment for fun, healthy learning

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher wants sports and exercise equipment for fun, healthy learning

ECU: 262 new COVID-19 cases last week; 2 more clusters in dorms

East Carolina University says it had 262 new cases of COVID-19 among students and two more clusters of COVID-19 have been found at dorms on campus.

  CFCC extends President Morton’s contract for five more years

Despite persistent concerns from some faculty and staff about his abilities to lead the college, Cape Fear Community College President Jim Morton got a five-year extension on his contract during the most recent Board of Trustees meeting.

  New Hanover County manages online learning safety concerns

Families are still making their adjustments as the new school year gets underway. With the shift to online learning inevitably comes technical difficulties and worries about student safety online.

Police to monitor off-campus activity at UNCW

Leaders at University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) are concerned that some students are ignoring COVID-19 health and safety guidelines and issued a reminder Friday.

  Ogden Elementary unveils new socially-distant-focused outdoor classroom

Ogden Elementary School joins the list of schools tackling socially distant learning by literally taking it outside the classroom.

  Pender County Schools orders quarantine for several Hampstead-area students

Several Hampstead-area students who may have been exposed to an individual with COVID-19 at an off-campus, recreational athletic event have been advised to quarantine at home.

  Students with special needs face extraordinary challenges learning virtually

For some kids with special needs like Lucas, the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing move to virtual learning has been extraordinarily difficult.

Brunswick County Schools announces change to meal program

Brunswick County Schools’ current curbside student summer meal program will change over to National School Breakfast and Lunch beginning Sept. 1.

Residence at center of NC State COVID-19 cluster hosted party 2 weeks ago

An off-campus residence that hosted a gathering around two weeks ago is the site of a COVID-19 cluster, N.C. State University announced Tuesday.

  ‘It’s all about the students’: New superintendent visits drive-through open house at Johnson Pre-K Center

There’s no doubt that back to school is a completely different animal this fall. While many students in New Hanover County are already up and running in their virtual classes, others are still getting geared up for their first day back.

  Free tutoring available to students through New Hanover County Libraries

New Hanover County’s Public Libraries are open, once again, with limited capacity.

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Art teacher wants sketchbooks for students to reflect on these unprecedented times

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Art teacher wants sketchbooks for students to reflect on these unprecedented times

  Students, teachers fill classrooms once again in Pender County

In-person learning began Tuesday for most schools in Pender County.

Dr. Fauci told N.C. leaders to wait before reopening schools with fully in-person learning

North Carolina’s health secretary says Dr. Anthony Fauci played a big role in them waiting before reopening public schools with fully in-person instruction.

  Pender county schools reassures everything is being done for a safe reopen

In-person learning will start for students in Pender County on Tuesday, one day later than originally scheduled. School leaders say they postponed because a shipment of Personal Protective Equipment for teachers and staff was late arriving to the county.

On-campus contractor tests positive for COVID-19 at West Pender Middle School

West Pender Middle School will stay closed until Thursday, August 20 for additional sanitizing after a contractor with the janitorial service, ABM, tested positive for COVID-19.

Out of caution, the YWCA child care facility closes for two weeks

Two staff members in the Early Learning and Youth Enrichment Program at the YWCA of the Lower Cape Fear were recently exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 forcing the facility to shut down.

  In-person and online learning begins for students, teachers in Columbus County

A new school year begins in Columbus County with some students learning from home and others in the classroom.

“Nice Mask, Baby”: Pender County teachers produce fun video with serious message

“Nice Mask Baby”: Pender County teachers produce fun video with serious message

Pender County Schools responds to teacher complaints; 60 Pender teachers say they cannot “fulfill their duties”

60 Pender County school teachers say they will not report ti schools on the start of the school year out of safety concerns.

  Pender County Schools holds emergency meeting and postpones Plan B opening

At an emergency meeting held at 8 p.m. Friday August 14, Pender County Schools Superintendent Dr. Steven Hill recommended schools have a soft opening under Plan C to transition into normal schooling.

  ’We’re thinking outside of the box’: Teachers, students ready for remote learning

Classrooms will be empty in New Hanover County Schools for the first several weeks as the district chose to keep learning virtual through the first grading period.

YWCA is participating in New Hanover County Child Care Assistance Program

The YWCA announced Thursday it has been approved as a licensed child care provider for New Hanover County’s Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) established to help families in need.

  Community Classroom returns, helps teachers buy school supplies

Community Classroom returns, helps teachers buy school supplies

  School bus drivers to wear many hats under COVID-19 restrictions

Of the 160 or so drivers, only six have said that they feel uncomfortable coming back to work under the current conditions.

The YMCA offers an extended learning program for families enrolled in virtual learning

The YMCA of Southeastern North Carolina is offering a new Extended Learning Program in three counties beginning this fall for students enrolled in virtual learning.

  Charter, private schools kick off new school year with in-person classes

Roger Bacon Academy welcomed students and teachers back on campus as other charter, private schools prepare to do the same.

  Pender County Schools reviews reopening plan, provides daycare option for teachers

The Pender County school board wanted to fine-tune the details for a safe return to school.

  Applications are open for childcare assistance in NHC

Over a million dollars of CARES Act funding has been approved for housing, child care assistance in the county.

  Kids aren’t immune to stress that comes with pandemic, quarantining

Kids, like the parents, that watch over them, aren’t immune to the stress that comes with the pandemic and quarantining.

  UNC employees file a lawsuit against the University of North Carolina system

A complaint was filed Monday in Wake County Superior Court by Wilmington law firm, Shipman and Wright on behalf of University of North Carolina (UNC) faculty and staff.

NHC Board of Commissioners approves $1.3 million allocation of CARES Act funding for housing assistance and child care for families in need

New Hanover County (NHC) Board of Commissioners approved funding Monday to provide financial relief for families needing child care or housing assistance because of hardship from COVID-19.

Brigade Boys & Girls Club extends hours to help families during remote learning

The Board of Directors of Brigade Boys & Girls Club decided to extend open hours at its Youth and Teen Center locations to help families with remote learning and enrichment activities.

  Students, school leaders prepare for a new school year in Bladen County

Bladen County Schools starts the school year with remote learning Aug. 17.

  Open house dates announced for New Hanover County Schools

New Hanover County Schools has announced open house and orientation plans for its traditional schools.

Pender County Schools creating ‘show-and-tell’ videos to help families navigate 2020-2021 school year

Pender County Schools' is creating show and tell videos to help parents and students navigate the 2020-2021 school year, in the wake of COVID-19.

NC teachers petition schools reopen, include list of demands needed to return

Teachers across the state, including New Hanover county have started a petition with things they’d like to see happen before everybody returns to the classroom.

Coach at Hoggard High School tests positive for COVID-19

An athletic coach at Hoggard High School in Wilmington has tested positive for COVID-19, according to New Hanover County Schools

Tony McGhee selected to fill open spot on ballot for New Hanover County Board of Education

The Executive Committee of the New Hanover County Republican Party has unanimously voted to submit Tony McGhee’s name as the party’s third candidate for Board of Education in the November 2020 General Election.

  New Hanover County Schools names new superintendent

Dr. Charles Foust has been named the new superintendent for New Hanover County Schools following a special meeting by the board of education Friday morning.

  Q&A with NHC schools on virtual learning

Regardless of format, New Hanover County Schools Deputy Superintendent LaChawn Smith says the district is obligated to and committed to providing a high quality learning experience that will allow all students to thrive.

  What will Pender County Schools’ hybrid plan for restarting schools mean for your family?

Pender County Schools on Tuesday, July 21, voted on a hybrid option to send students back to school in the upcoming fall.

New Hanover County Schools releases open house and orientation plans for year-round and non-traditional schools

Five of the non-traditional and year-round schools begin the new school year August 4; the other two start August 6. Each of these schools has a plan for open house and orientation.

  New Hanover County Board of Education approves proposal to change to Plan C

At an interim meeting held Tuesday evening, Board of Education members considered a switch to reopening New Hanover County Schools under Plan C—virtual learning—for the first grading period.

Stuff the Bus 2020: Community members pack a bus full of school supplies despite remote learning starts

The rise in coronavirus cases has school systems across the Cape Fear starting their semesters with remote learning. But students will be in back in classrooms one day, and Cape Fear Communities in Schools wants them to be prepared when they do.