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 →

Five people applied for the Craven County Board of Commissioners District 3 seat left open with the death of Johnnie Sampson Jr. in early November, including one who was endorsed by the Craven County Democratic Party. Casting aside that endorsement, the Board of Commissioners, which has five Republicans, one Democrat, and Sampson’s vacant seat, went with someone else. The board chose Craven County School Board Member Beatrice Riggs Smith, who will be sworn in at the first Board of Commissioners meeting in January. Smith is a lifelong educator and was the first Black school principal in post-segregation Craven County. When she takes the oath inRead More →

Craven County School Board Member Beatrice Riggs 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 will be sworn in at the regular meeting on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. “Mrs. Smith brings a wealth of knowledge, as a member of the CravenRead More →

In order to maintain the safety of residents, staff, and elected officials during the COVID- 19 pandemic, the Board of Aldermen meeting scheduled for 6 p. m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, will be conducted electronically. The agenda is shown below. At the board’s last meeting on Nov. 24, Alderman Sabrina Bengel suggested that the meetings return to remote electronic format as a safety measure due to escalating spread of COVID-19. Alderman Jeffrey Odham dismissed her concerned and complained about the state’s response to the pandemic. Alderwoman Jameesha Harris concluded the conversation, saying that the virus is real and that city leaders should do aRead More →

Following a meeting on Nov. 10, the Craven County Board of Education decided all students in grades 1 through 5 will switch to to four days a week of in-person learning starting Jan. 7, 2021. In-person learning will take place on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Wednesday will continue to be a dedicated remote-learning day. This change comes amid a upward trajectory across the nation in the rate of spread of the virulent, deadly virus. And Craven County has been identified as a county with “substantial” viral spread. Moving students to this so-called “Plan A” scheme was authorized by Gov. Roy Cooper. “The current scienceRead More →

Craven County Schools officials say that “most, if not all” the 55 infections of staff and students during the eight months of the current school year have been due to contacts outside the school. Craven County Schools employees take “extraordinary measures daily to ensure the health of everyone in our buildings,” the school district said in a news release. Craven County Schools’ elementary schools will be shifting to in-school, four-day weeks starting on Jan. 7, 2021. This follows direction from state officials, who say that younger children are less likely to be come infected, have symptoms, experience severe disease, or spread the virus. Not onlyRead More →

The following is a list of all Craven County Schools COVID-19 cases that have been reported to the media. More specific information, such as the schools affected, have not been released since the first report to protect patient privacy as required by federal law. So far this school year, 71 staff members and 76 students have tested positive for COVID-19. January 2021: 8 staff, 22 students Jan. 5-8: six staff and 14 students Jan. 9-11: two staff and eight students December: 28 staff members, 34 students Late Dec.-early Jan.: 12 staff and two students Dec. 17-18: four staff and eight students Dec. 15-16: two staffRead More →