Five members of the New Bern High School football team have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. The report was included in data released by the state as part of its monitoring of ongoing clusters in school settings. Craven County Schools has reported that four students and five staff have tested positive for COVID-19 since late August, including two staff members added to the list this week. It is unclear about the discrepancy between the number of student cases it has reported, and the number of football team members the state is reporting, unless some ofRead More →

The Bosch Community Fund awarded a $9,950 grant to Craven County Schools to support the “Leader in Me – Leading the Way” program at Vanceboro Farm Life ElementarySchool. Dan Palimetakis, principal at Vanceboro Farm Life Elementary School (VFL), explains, “The “Leader in Me” is a philosophy in academic learning which provides a holistic, school-wide experience. It creates a common language and culture with commonplace, age-appropriate ways to integrate the principles of personal leadership and effectiveness into core subjects and curriculum.  Leader in Me schools report a decline in discipline problems along with an increase in student, parent and teacher satisfaction, common language, and parent engagement.” “WeRead More →

Last night, the Board of Education learned of the many preparations that are being made by the school district to safely return to school while considering the health and well-being of students and staff. The Board of Education voted unanimously to transition from Plan C (all remote learning) to Plan B (moderate social distancing), which will go into effect on October 6, 2020 for the early college high schools and October 19, 2020 for the traditional schools. The Plan B schedule for students will be as follows: Remote learning (Craven LIVE) will remain an option for our families who decided they are not ready toRead More →

Domestic visitors to and within Craven County spent $155 million in 2019, an increase of 4.3 percent from 2018. The data comes from an annual study commissioned by Visit North Carolina, a unit of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina. “Tourism has an enormous effect on New Bern and Craven County and we are thrilled with the continued growth in our area.” Judy Avery, marketing director, New Bern-Craven County Convention and Visitor Center. Tourism impact highlights for 2019:• The travel and tourism industry directly employs more than 1,180 in Craven County. • Total payroll generated by the tourism industry in Craven County was $31.16Read More →

Craven County has 1,343 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 11 a.m. on Sept. 16, 2020, an increase of 24 cases in 24 hours. The number of active cases increased by a similar number, reaching a total of 307 cases. Out of the 1,343 confirmed positive cases, 1,005 have recovered. Of the 1,343 cases, 18 have been related to out of state travel, 220 are from community transmission, 900 are a direct contact with a previously confirmed positive case, 144 are still being investigated, and 61 are unknown. There have been 31 deaths related to COVID-19. Craven County Snapshot Confirmed Cases Active Case Recovered  Deaths Hospitalized Read More →

On Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, during the September Board of Education Work Session the Board of Education received several presentations as they consider whether to return to school in Plan B at the end of the first nine weeks of instruction. The system continues preparations to return to school for in-person instruction. If the Board decides to transition the school system to Plan B, the first days of instruction would be October 6th, 2020 for early college students and October 19th, 2020, for our traditional schools. The Board of Education took no formal action during the meeting however they plan on receiving public input atRead More →

Craven County Partners In Education was recently presented with a $1,400 check for the Stuff the Bus campaign by Baxter Eye Care. It is through generous community partnerships that Stuff the Bus can help in meeting the needs of those students who have been identified as in-need in Craven County Schools. From July 15-August 21, Baxter Eye Care donated $10 for every pair of eyeglasses purchased to the Stuff the Bus campaign. Stuff the Bus was held Saturday, August 15. However, donations are accepted throughout the year at Craven County Schools, Central Services, 3600 Trent Road. A school supply list can be found at More →

Craven County has 1,319 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 11 a.m. on Sept. 15, 2020. There are 283 active cases, the highest of the pandemic so far. Hospitalizations of Craven County residents, meanwhile, remain fairly steady at around 7. That doesn’t count non-Craven County residents who are being treated in Craven County. Out of the 1,319 confirmed positive cases, 1,005 have recovered and completed the necessary isolation requirement and have been free of COVID-19 symptoms for at least 24 hours. Of the 1,319 cases, 18 have been related to out of state travel, 220 are from community transmission, 898 are a direct contact with aRead More →

One Craven County Schools student and two staff members have tested positive for COVID-19, the school district announced on Monday evening. Four students and three staff were infected and announced on Sept. 10. Before that, four staff were reported ill in late August. In all, five students and nine staff have tested positive throughout the school district since classes started on Aug. 10. Although classes are being held online, most teachers and staff are working from their respective schools. Some of them bring their children, while other students — student athletes — have been attending practices. Craven County commissioners are pressuring the Craven County SchoolRead More →

An unidentified person died of complications related to COVID-19 on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, becoming Craven County’s 31st death during the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic. The individual was tested for COVID-19 on Sept. 2, 2020 and resulted positive on Sept. 6, 2020. The death was reported to the Craven County Health Department on Sept. 14, 2020. The individual had underlying health conditions. To protect the family’s privacy, no further information about the individual will be released. Craven County has 1,289 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 14, 2020. Of the newest cases, 15 additional cases were confirmed on Sept. 11, 2020, 14 onRead More →