Sent July 14 evening: Dear Parents & Staff:This afternoon, Governor Cooper announced that all public schools should open under the guidance of Plan B with the option for local school boards to offer Plan C (remote learning only). This announcement included updates from the NC Department of Health and Human Services to the current safety protocols and we will now look into those impacts. A few of the updates include:1) Face coverings are required for all students from Kindergarten through 12th Grade in school and on buses, and for all teachers and school staff.2) Social distancing and school building capacity requirements to the extent neededRead More →

Craven County reported its seventh and eight deaths from COVID-19-related causes, the first time since April that Craven County has had more than one death per month. Craven County’s first COVID-19 case was reported in mid-March, and the first death of COVID-19 causes occurred on April 9.  It was the first of four deaths in April. That might lead reasonable people to be concerned about the pandemic. Then there was a lull. More than a month passed from the last death in April (April 21) until the next death, which occurred on May 27. It was almost another month before the next death on JuneRead More →

We all have moments in life that make us who we are. Curtis Jones was a black high school junior raised in Griffin, a small Georgia mill town. For him, that moment was when his French teacher was absent. Let’s set the stage. Jones grew up a poor, second-class citizen in the segregated South in a house across the street from the very railroad tracks that separated the community, black from white. His best friend didn’t make it through 8th grade. Others didn’t make it through life at all. Though his hometown was segregated, the schools there were desegregated in 1971, his sophomore year. ForRead More →

During the 2019-2020 school year, Roger Bell New Tech Academy was awarded the International Paper Literacy Grant, administered through Craven County Partners In Education. This grant allowed the school to purchase a plethora of books for their students to meet their needs as well as provide books that are aligned to their interests. Each week the school celebrated their readers during “Leveling Up Lunches” where students were recognized for their successes and allowed to self-select a book to become part of their home libraries. Prior to school closure due to Covid-19, 76 RGB students had received books. The school’s teachers intend to pick back upRead More →

News release: Craven County Schools is extremely proud of the Class of 2020 and wants to properly celebrate our soon to be graduates in a safe and healthy manner. The recent transition to Phase 2 of Gov. Roy Cooper’s Executive Order 141 shifts from a Stay at Home order to “Safer at Home” but strongly encourages individuals to maintain at least six feet social distancing from other individuals. High school principals were tasked with gathering feedback from their students and their families on the best way to proceed with this year’s graduation celebration while still honoring the students in a safe and responsible manner. WithRead More →

Toyota of New Bern, in partnership with AlphaGraphics of New Bern and Craven County Partners In Education, will present the keys to a 2020 Toyota Camry to the Craven County Schools Teacher of the Year Gayle Hardy, AVID Site Coordinator/Elective Teacher with New Bern High. The car will be presented to Ms. Hardy on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 2 p.m. at the Toyota of New Bern dealership, located at 5010 US Hwy 70 East, New Bern. Hardy was chosen as Teacher of the Year for Craven County Schools but was unable to be presented with the car at the time of the announcement dueRead More →

Gayle Hardy, an AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Elective Teacher at New Bern High School, has been selected as the 2020-21 Teacher Ambassador for Craven County Schools. For more than 50 years our nation has honored teachers with the National Teacher of the Year Program. In 2014, the NC Department of Public Instruction announced their partnership with Burroughs Wellcome Fund as the new major sponsor of the North Carolina Teacher of the Year Program. Since 1970, North Carolina has participated in this program recognizing outstanding teachers. Craven County Schools has participated in the Teacher of the Year Program for many years and is proud toRead More →

A Craven Count Schools employee contracted COVID-19, the school district announced late Wednesday. “We learned today that one of our employees tested positive for this virus,” the district said in a news release. “First and foremost, we ask for prayers and positive thoughts for the full and complete recovery of a member of our team and family. This employee never exhibited any symptoms while at work and has not been back to work since being diagnosed. “While we cannot legally release the identity of our employee, we can tell you that the Craven County Health Department investigated this case and has notified all Craven CountyRead More →

On Tuesday, April 7, 2020, the Board of Education met by conference call for a special called meeting to handle multiple issues related to public school closure due to COVID-19 and to take care of items that were time sensitive to facilitate the continuity of school system operations. This is the first time that the Board of Education met by conference call because of the physical distancing requirements of our Governor under the direction of the Center for Disease Control. Among many important issues discussed were decisions related to our high school seniors who are eligible for graduation at the end of this school year.Read More →

This afternoon Gov. Roy Cooper announced that the closure of public school facilities as instructional settings for K-12 students will be extended through May 15. While school buildings are closed for instruction, school employees will continue to expand efforts to ensure that vulnerable children and their families have access to nutritious food during this emergency. Additionally, in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services, many North Carolina public school buildings will serve as emergency child care sites to support those on the frontlines of COVID-19 responses, including health care workers and first responders. In the wake of the Governor’s announcement, public schools inRead More →