Standardized Testing, CCS Storytime Live, & More Resources
As this week comes to a close, we want to THANK YOU again for your patience in this extraordinary time in public education and our nation. First and foremost, we hope that you and your families are remaining safe and well during the school closure. We miss our students!
It has been less than a week since Governor Cooper ordered all public schools closed, and yet all of our employees, students, and families have stepped up to the challenge. Our hard-working employees put together an entire At-Home Learning platform for all 15,610 of our students. We began feeding students breakfast and lunch in an unprecedented “drive-through” fashion and served over 7,300 meals. There are so many other things behind the scenes that our employees accomplished this week, as well. Our families have been kind, patient, and responsive as we’ve all navigated this together.
Monday begins At-Home Learning for all of our students. We are excited to continue educating your children in this new fashion as we deal with the growing pandemic. We know that social distancing, staying home, not having playdates, or hanging out with friends is going to be difficult for all of us with children at home. But we can do hard things - especially for the better good of not only our families, but our community, our state, our country, and our world.
Here are a few updates as we close out the week:
Standardized Testing Potentially Waived
This afternoon, the U.S. Department of Education announced that it will grant requests by states to bypass standardized testing for the 2019-20 school year. Once North Carolina’s is approved, the N.C. legislature will need to act to make this official for our state.
In plain language: As long as the N.C. General Assembly approves the waiver, our students will not have to take standardized tests like the End of Grade (EOG) tests this school year. Once we hear more from the state, we will be sure to let you know the details.
CCS Storytime LIVE begins Monday, March 23
Starting on Monday, please tune in on our Facebook page at 2:00 PM every weekday for “CCS Storytime LIVE”. Dr. Stover and other district leaders will be reading a different book every day in a storytime fashion. Please help us spread the word - especially to the families of our younger students.
Food Assistance Resources on the New Website
We updated the new communications website today with resources for families who may need additional food assistance. Please continue to come by any of our 16 schools from 9 AM - 11 AM and receive a free breakfast and lunch for your children 18 years and younger. If you additional need food assistance, please contact any of the agencies we listed on the website. Please share this information with anyone you think could use it.
In closing, I want to wish all of you a safe and healthy weekend.
Stay up to date using our new communications website: www.ccs-coronavirus.net