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  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.

  Community Classroom returns, helps teachers buy school supplies

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

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

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

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

  Applications are open for childcare assistance in NHC

Continued Coverage

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

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

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

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

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

  Open house dates announced for New Hanover County 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

  Q&A with NHC schools on virtual learning

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

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

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

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

  Businesses becoming classrooms? Brunswick County Schools needs your help

Students won’t be in the classroom to start the school year in Brunswick County but could their classes be at your business? Brunswick County Schools is reaching out to business owners who have internet connectivity that could help students without a reliable WiFi connection.

Bladen County Schools to start school year with remote-only learning

Bladen County Schools will open the upcoming school year with remote-only learning starting Aug. 17, the school system has announced.

BCS: About 3,500 have signed up for full semester of remote learning

About 3,500 students have signed up for a full semester of remote learning, according to Brunswick County Schools.

UNC system says no refunds on tuition, fees if pandemic forces return to online-only classes

Students at University of North Carolina system schools won't get a break on tuition or fees this year if the coronavirus forces campuses to return to online classes.

Interim meeting agenda suggests New Hanover County Schools may be switched to Plan C

New Hanover County Board of Education announced an interim meeting to be held Tuesday, July 28; the posted agenda indicated a possible change to Plan C—virtual learning—for the first nine weeks.

UNC research shows NC schools not prepared to support students during pandemic

A research report from a group of UNC-Chapel Hill Public Policy students and recent alumni found North Carolina schools were largely underprepared for the return of school.

Schools prepping buildings for students’ return

School staffs are prepping their buildings for the influx of students heading back for an historic 2020-2021 school year in the wake of COVID-19.

  Brunswick County Schools will start school year 100% online

Brunswick County Schools Board of Education voted Tuesday to start the upcoming school year with 100% online learning for the first four- and one-half weeks.

Pender Co. Board of Education votes on plan for upcoming school year

The Pender County Board of Education voted unanimously for a plan for the upcoming school year during its meeting Tuesday.

New Hanover County Schools releases responses to survey

Thousands of families responded to the survey about school reopening plans issued by New Hanover County Schools last week and the results are in.

  New Hanover County Schools: Most preK-12th grade students will be on alternating three-week schedule

New Hanover County Schools is holding a press conference Wednesday morning to discuss the future of the upcoming school year.

  N.C. high school sports to be delayed until at least Sept. 1

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association announced on Wednesday that the fall sports season will be delayed until at least September 1.

  Parents weigh in on how they want schools to look come fall, Columbus Co. Schools announces plan

Each school district in the Cape Fear asked for feedback. Now that Gov. Cooper has made a decision, the school systems will access and make final decisions.

  Gov. Cooper: Schools will reopen with Plan B but Plan C still an option; Phase 2 will remain in place for three more weeks

Gov. Roy Cooper is expected to make an official announcement on the reopening of public schools Tuesday, July 14.

  Student-athlete at Ashley High School tests positive for COVID-19, several others quarantine

The school system says that the student last attended an athletics workout on July 6.

Deadline for feedback on New Hanover Schools’ reopening plans extended to Monday

Due to an “extremely high level of interest,” New Hanover County Schools has extended the deadline to submit feedback on the three proposed reopening plans for the upcoming 2020-2021 academic year.

UNCW officials say university currently deemed “hybrid school”

UNCW officials have issued a statement in response to new guidelines for International students issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement earlier this week.

  New Hanover County Schools issues survey to gather feedback on proposed instructional plans

While awaiting guidance from Governor Roy Cooper about school instruction for the fall, New Hanover County Schools (NHCS) is seeking input about Plans A, B and C.

  New Hanover County Schools discusses changing the name of Walter Parsley Elementary School

At a meeting Tuesday evening, the New Hanover County Schools Board of Education members discussed the renaming of Walter Parsley Elementary School.

  CFCC provides heavily redacted legal bills after WECT hires attorney

After repeatedly refusing to provide itemized bills for the college’s legal expenses, insisting the bills from their attorney were protected by attorney-client privilege, CFCC changed course and gave those documents to WECT at the end of June.

  James Sprunt Community College offers an alternative pathway to a teaching degree

The college hopes to help reverse the critical teacher shortage in North Carolina

Poll shows NC residents divided over plans to reopen schools

More than 1,400 residents were apparently surveyed between June 24 and June 25 as Cooper and state leaders work to make a decision on reopening public K-12 schools.

  Brunswick Community College plans to hold a special in-person graduation

Brunswick Community College (BCC) announced plans Thursday to hold the spring Class of 2020 graduation at the Odell Williamson Auditorium on July 24.

UNCW commencement ceremonies rescheduled for December

University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) announced July 1 the spring Class of 2020 commencement ceremonies have been postponed until December following the extension of North Carolina’s Safer at Home Phase 2.

  Cooper signs teacher pay, criminal justice reform bills

Gov. Roy Cooper signed one bill into law Friday that will give teachers a small bonus this year and another that gives judges more leeway to decide drug trafficking sentences.

  School districts await governor’s final call on reopening schools this fall

School leaders are hard at work to create a plan for what school will look like in the fall.

  Carolina Panthers, Lenovo team up to donate Chromebooks to Columbus County Schools

The Carolina Panthers Player Impact Committee and Lenovo announced they have partnered with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to help schools in need.

Shane Fernando named Vice President of Advancement and the Arts at CFCC

Shane Fernando, director of the Wilson Center, named Vice President of Advancement and the Arts at CFCC

New Hanover Co. school board approves revised 2020-2021 calendar

The New Hanover County Board of Education has approved revised calendars for the 2020-2021 school year.

UNCW Faculty Senate leadership ‘heartened’ after discussions with university leaders about racial equality

The Faculty Senate at UNCW says it is “heartened” after discussions with the university’s leaders as it looks to “improve campus life for black students, faculty, and staff as well as students, faculty and staff of color,” according to a statement released Wednesday morning.

  Wrightsboro Elementary School employee tests positive for COVID-19

New Hanover County Schools was notified Tuesday that an employee who works at Wrightsboro Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19.

  Student reacts to UNCW Chancellor’s ‘All lives matter’ comment

Some students still aren’t convinced that UNCW’s Chancellor understands the Black Lives Matter movement, after his response to the African-American student population.

  Black Lives Matter, NAACP to protest Pender Co. Board of Education meeting amid claims of racism

Black Lives Matter, NAACP to protest Pender Co. Board of Education meeting amid claims of racism

  Pender County graduation ceremonies moved to Saturday morning

Friday morning’s inclement weather has forced the postponement for graduation for Pender, Heide Trask and Topsail high schools.

  Check out the newly renovated Wrightsville Beach Elementary School

Whenever New Hanover Schools students return to the classroom, the newly renovated Wrightsville Beach Elementary School will be ready.

  Columbus County Schools seeking feedback from families on distance learning

Columbus County Schools is seeking input from families on distance learning.

  First look at newly expanded Wrightsville Beach Elementary School

WECT got a tour of the new and improved design. The square footage of the main school building more than doubled during this renovation, with second story addition that added about 17,000 square feet to the school building. 12 new classrooms will be ready for students in the fall.

  NHCS leaders share more info behind graduation decision

As petitions continue to circulate and a Facebook group urges the New Hanover County Board of Education to reconsider hosting drive-in graduation ceremonies next week, survey results show what approximately 1,500 students and parents requested from the district.

  Embattled professor responds to questions about discrepancies on his resume

Some viewed the now-tenured professor as untouchable because of first amendment protections of his free speech, but new questions about claims on Adams’ resume may be his undoing.

  New Hanover County Schools release drive-in graduation details

Details have been released for the New Hanover County Schools (NHCS) drive-in graduation ceremonies to be held at Cape Fear Community College North Campus during the week of June 15-19.

Former trustee threatens to withdraw funding over professor’s controversial statements, professor defends comments

A former trustee says the University now has grounds to take disciplinary action under UNC System policy regarding political activity of employees.

  Columbus County Schools: Students will have option to attend school from home

Columbus County Schools students will have the option to take classes from home during the next school year, the school system announced Thursday.

UNCW in mourning: Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Pat Leonard dies

Pat Leonard, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) passed away Tuesday at her home in Carolina Beach.

  Students, parents react to NHCS 2020 graduation plan

The board decided on a drive-in, drive-thru graduation ceremony, but many parents and students feel that it's not enough.

  Graduation plans are approved for New Hanover County Schools

The New Hanover County Board of Education tonight finalized graduation plans for students in traditional and non-traditional schools.

  Task force recommends drive-in, drive-through graduations for traditional New Hanover high schools

A task force formed to develop options for traditional New Hanover County high school graduation celebrations amid the COVID-19 pandemic has recommended drive-in or drive-through ceremonies, according to material prepared for the New Hanover County Board of Education’s meeting Tuesday night.

  NHCS transitioning to summer food service program

New Hanover County Schools’ Grab and Go meal service, which started on March 16 due to COVID-19 school closures, will transition to an expanded version of the district’s summer food service program later this month.

Pender County Board of Education approves graduation plans

Plans were approved Friday by the Pender County Board of Education for Pender’s Class of 2020 high school students to celebrate with a student-focused graduation.

New Hanover High teacher named county’s educator of the year

Elizabeth Felts, an English and service learning teacher at NHHS, was named New Hanover County Schools’ Educator of the Year.

  CFCC refusing to disclose itemized bills or reason for recent spike in attorney’s fees

CFCC has repeatedly refused to disclose itemized legal bills, or to explain the surge in expenses, saying the bills are protected by attorney-client privilege. Public records law experts say otherwise.

  Whiteville seniors get traditional graduation with social distancing twist

It’s truly been a school year unlike any other.

Cape Fear Community College uses social media to recognize graduates

At the conclusion of the spring semester, Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) awarded degrees, diplomas and certificates to more that 750 students.

  UNCW chancellor: Recommendations from fall planning team expected by May 29

The university’s Fall 2020 Planning Team is expected to complete its report of recommendations no later than May 29.

Former NHCO school board member Dorothy DeShields dies

Former NHCO school board member Dorothy DeShields dies

  NHCS holds town hall with parents on restart, year-round calendars

The NHCS calendar committee, along with parents from Snipes Academy and Freeman elementary participated in a town hall about the upcoming school calendar, Tuesday.

FEMA, N.C. announce more than $3 million in reimbursements for New Hanover Co. schools

At this point, FEMA has approved a total of more than $5 million in Hurricane Florence-related reimbursements to New Hanover County Schools.

  Parents, students propose new graduation plan for Bladen County Schools

After the school unveiled the 2020 graduation plan, many parents and students disagreed and came up with their own plan to propose to school leaders.

  Southport PD honors South Brunswick High grads with planned “Sea of Blue” graduation ride along Cape Fear River

The class of 2020 at South Brunswick High School are being honored along the Cape Fear River in Southport. Friday morning, the staff at the school assembled a display of the graduates pictures along the riverfront on the Garrison lawn.