Gov. Cooper announces N.C. K-12 schools will continue remote learning for rest of school year


RALEIGH, NC (WSPA) – During a news conference Friday afternoon, Gov. Roy Cooper announced K-12 schools in North Carolina will continue remote learning for the remainder of the school year.

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โ€œSchool classrooms may be closed, but the learning is not over,โ€ Cooper said.

Cooper said the decision to close was made with help from State Superintendent Mark Johnson and the Chairman of the State Board of Education Eric Davis.

โ€œWe donโ€™t make this decision lightly, but itโ€™s important to protect the health and safety of our students and our school staff,โ€ Cooper said.

On March 15, Cooper signed an executive order that closed K-12 public schools until March 30. He later extended that order.

โ€œWhen we closed schools to in-person instruction last month, we knew it would be difficult for a lot of students, especially those who lack high-speed internet, good food or the safety and security that the school building offers,โ€ Cooper said.

The governor said the COVID-19 pandemic will affect next school year โ€“ saying it will not be โ€œbusiness as usual.โ€

โ€œThere will be new measures in place to protect health when school buildings open again next year,โ€ he said.

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