On Saturday, March 14, 2020, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced that all North Carolina public schools would be closed from March 16-27. Our district had already begun preparing for this possibility by making plans to continue teaching and learning, as well as to provide meals to students during the closure. To date, our School Nutrition Program has served thousands of meals to students at 85 sites throughout our community.
During the week of March 16, teachers contacted their students and families to conduct wellness checks, to make sure families knew about the district’s meal sites, and to inquire about each family’s access to technology at home. These calls helped our school social workers, counselors, psychologists and other mental health professionals identify families and students in need of assistance. The calls also helped district technology professionals begin to develop a plan to distribute devices to students who did not have access to technology at home so they could continue remote learning.
In addition to the measures we put in place for our students, we also provided opportunities for our employees to continue working—offering staggered schedules, alternative work locations to comply with social distancing guidelines, working from home (where applicable) and teleconferencing/virtual meetings.
Patience, cooperation, support and flexibility are the tools we all have access to in our personal toolboxes throughout this event. The situation is fluid and continues to change rapidly, and CCS district leaders have been nimble and adaptable, making informed, thoughtful decisions that are in the best interests of our students, staff and community that includes closing all district schools for the remainder of the academic year. For helpful links for you and your family, see those below. You will find real-time updates on our social media platforms and we’ve updated our website and the dedicated CCS COVID-19 Response Site. Contact CabCoSchools@cabarrus.k12.nc.us if you have questions.
Stay safe. Let’s be CCS strong!