Middle and high school students will return to school four days a week called Plan A starting on Thursday, April 15, 2021. The four days a week for in-person learning will be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. Wednesdays will remain a remote learning day (asynchronous) for students. This transition was enabled by the passage of Session Law 2021-4 by the North Carolina General Assembly, which was signed into law by N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper on March 11, 2021. Under the legislation, all K-5 schools in North Carolina must open under Plan A. Local boards of education may decide for grades 6-12 to operate in either Plan A or Plan B forRead More →

Craven County Commissioner’s will meet at 11 a.m. today (March 15) during a work session in which they will seek state approval to restore partisan elections to the county School Board. The meeting will be held at New Bern Riverfront Convention Center. The draft resolution seeks state legislation to enable partisan elections at the school board level. They say that current non-partisan elections have low voter turnout and withhold party affiliation that may be useful to voters. Longtime school board member Carr Ipock posted a history of school board elections. It is reposted here with his permission: “Many, many years ago, the Craven County BoardRead More →

New board member is sworn in during special ceremony New Bern mortician Victor Dove was sworn in to replace Beatrice Riggs Smith on the a raven County school board on Thursday. Smith was selected by the Craven County Board of Commissioners to fill the District 3 seat held by the late Johnnie Sampson, Jr., who died of COVID-19-related pneumonia on Nov. 5, 2020. Smith, who was the first black female to hold a principalship in the integrated Craven County Schools system, is the first black female Craven County Commissioner. Smith was selected at the Dec. 14, 2020 Board of Commissioners work session and was swornRead More →

Craven County Schools’ Tabari Wallace was named Special Adviser to the State Superintendent of Schools in the area of principal engagement. He will report to State Superintendent Catherine Truitt at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. “Wallace has been a vital school leader in our district since 2003 when he first served as an assistant principal,” Craven County Schools said in a release announcing the change. “He quickly demonstrated his passion for students and staff and was ultimately recognized by our district as our Craven County Principal of the Year and then the state when he was named the 2018 North Carolina State PrincipalRead More →

Research shows mitigation measures allow safe in-person learning, low transmission among students and teachers Top state education leaders and N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper are calling on K-12 school districts across the state to allow in-person instruction for all students. Cooper, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Catherine Truitt, and State Board of Education Chair Eric Davis said that ongoing research shows that with proper mitigation measures, in-person learning is safe, and to emphasize the critical importance of ensuring all students have an opportunity to learn in a classroom.  “Protecting the health and safety of the peopleRead More →

A high number of COVID-19 cases has forced West Craven High School to return to online-only classes. Based on the COVID School Closure Alert System, West Craven High School is in the red with 31 percent of its instructional staff out of school due to either testing positive for COVID-19 or as a result of being identified as a close contact needing to quarantine for 14 days. “Out of an abundance of caution for our students and staff, West Craven High School will move to full remote learning starting Monday, February 1st until Friday, February 5th. It is our goal for the school to returnRead More →

In order to help communicate each school’s challenges with in-person instruction and the impact of COVID-19 on staff, Craven County Schools is implementing a new communication protocol. This protocol will tell you how close your child(ren)’s school could be to returning to online learning because of a lack of available staff. Before any school would be considered for a transition to online learning, it will use all available substitute teachers and other support staff to cover classrooms. However, in some cases, depending on the number of employees who have to quarantine, they may have to make transitions to online learning for individual schools for temporaryRead More →

The Craven County Board of Education announced the resignation ofBoard of Education member Beatrice Smith. Smith resigned her position to enable her to take the seat on the Craven County Board of Commissioners that was vacated upon the death of Commissioner Johnnie Sampson Jr. In receiving Smith’s resignation on Monday, School Board Chairman Frances Boomer said, “I am deeply grateful for the service of Mrs. Beatrice Smith to the children of Craven County Schools, and most especially to the families she served from District 4. Beatrice Smith is a wise and committed leader who will serve our community and the values of public education withRead More →

The Craven County Schools Board of Education voted unanimously to delay the return to in-person learning for all students until Jan. 19, 2021. The decision was made during the Dec. 29, 2020 special called meeting of the board. All students in grades pre-K through 13 will begin second semester with remote learning (Plan C), starting with early college students on Jan. 5, 2021 and students following the traditional calendar on Jan. 6, 2021. Go here for more New Bern Post COVID-19 coverage. The board took into account active COVID-19 cases in Craven County and the impacts felt in its public schools involving quarantined staff andRead More →

Rising number of cases is affecting the district’s ability to hold classes The Craven County Board of Education will hold a special called meeting to consider the impact of COVID-19 infection in the community and implications for returning to school in January for staff and students. The meeting will be held on at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, at the Central Office located at 3600 Trent Road, New Bern, North Carolina. So far this school year, 47 staff members and 44 students have tested positive for COVID-19. In December so far, 12 staff and 24 students have been sickened with the virus. Support localRead More →