Back to School

UNCW extends free COVID-19 testing through December

  Elementary school students and teachers in Pender Co. adjust to Plan A

New name selected for Parsley Elementary

Brunswick County Schools adds extra safety feature to digital tools

  Committee recommends redistricting, other measures to diversify New Hanover Co. Schools

  CFCC releases travel expenses for president, trustees

Continued Coverage

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher wants art supplies for “extra special artists”

The Military Officers Association of America awards scholarship to CFCC student veterans

  Brunswick Co. students have the chance to change learning plans for next semester

  NHC Schools closes learning labs, offers in-person learning for employees' children

  Brunswick County Schools begins Phase 2 of redistricting

Three cases of COVID-19 confirmed at NHC elementary school

  Student tests positive for COVID-19 at a NHC high school

A student at Hoggard high School in New Hanover County tested positive for COVID-19 Tuesday

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher seeks subscription to national book club for students

Teacher seeks subscription to national book club for students

  Pre-K in a pandemic: Keeping the youngest learners safe at school

The three and four-year-olds at Johnson Pre-K Center in Wilmington are adapting to the new-normal.

  UPDATE: Five COVID-19 cases identified in cluster at school in NHC

The New Hanover County Public Health Department identified a cluster of positive COVID-19 cases in the Lyceum Academy at New Hanover High School.

  Pender County Schools approves Plan A for K-5 students

  Bladen Co. Schools superintendent says activity outside of school generates recent COVID-19 cases

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Climb-N-Crawl Caterpillar wanted for K-2 students

UNCW to test warning siren system

  Learning pods of all varieties take root amid pandemic

  Dublin Elementary School to close for at least two weeks due to increase in COVID-19 cases

  Pender County School Board going to discuss plan to start with a revised Plan B for elementary student

The Pender County School Board plans to revisit its decision to move into a revised Plan B for elementary students on Oct 20.

  Pender County Schools votes against Plan A for K-5 students

Pender County Schools Board of Education votes against transitioning K-5 students to Plan A at a meeting Tuesday evening.

  Students fill the classrooms of schools in NHC after weeks of remote learning

Teachers at Sea-Tech High School say they're excited to have students back and feel safe teaching in-person.

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher wants charging cart for students’ Chromebooks

Kathy Butler, a K-2 teacher at Williams Township in Whiteville, is hoping to purchase a charging cart for her students' Chromebooks.

  New Hanover County Schools launches online college and career readiness program called Xello

Xello will help bridge the gab between high school and their next steps.

  School officials detail cleaning inside of New Hanover County Schools, Dr. Foust stalls on Plan A for now

At Tuesday night’s New Hanover County School Board meeting, officials answered questions that many parents have been asking about how to keep their children safe.

COVID-19 causes Coastal Christian High School to close temporarily

Coastal Christian High School is closing temporarily due to seven cases of COVID-19 and students will do remote learning until the school reopens on October 19th.

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Smart oven needed for food sciences class at elementary school

Holly Majewski, a S.T.E.M. elective class teacher at Belville Elementary is hoping to purchase a Breville Smart Oven through the Donors Choose website, an online charity that helps local teachers get funding for school projects.

  Bladen County school board votes to bring students back for in-person instruction

The Bladen County Board of Education on Thursday voted for a plan that would bring students back to the classroom for in-person instruction later this month.

CFCC Small Business Center receives funding to support local businesses

For the third time, Cape Fear Community College (CFCC)’s Small Business Center has received $50,000 from the NC Legislature to assist local businesses impacted by COVID-19.

  UNCW hosts 2nd Annual Cybersecurity Awareness Conference

The conference is free and virtual for the entire community.

CFCC receives grant from the U.S. Department of Education

Cape Fear Community College recently received $327,247 from the U.S. Department of Education through the Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund to help students pursue workforce training programs.

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher needs help purchasing scholastic magazines for science studies

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher needs help purchasing scholastic magazines for science studies

Bradley Creek Elementary School receives grant from Trillium Health

Bradley Creek Elementary School is one of the first five schools to have 50% of its staff register and complete two of the qualifying courses on the Safe Schools Healthy kids NC learning portal.

  UNCW announces plans for spring 2021

To help reduce the spread on COVID-19, UNCW will have an extended winter break in lieu of spring break with classes beginning on Wednesday January 20, 2021.

  New Hanover County Schools stocks up on PPE for start of plan B

New Hanover County Schools purchasing director Kevin Lee has been very busy.

  Reverse osmosis water coolers installed at 29 New Hanover County schools

The CTE department of New Hanover County Schools is launching a new online college and career readiness program called Xello for students and staff.

Pender County Schools announces administration changes at Topsail High, Penderlea

Dr. Susan Graziano, current principal at Penderlea School, will join the Topsail High as an assistant principal while Topsail High assistant principal Fallon Fuller will move to Penderlea School as the interim principal.

  How schools in Pender County make in-person learning work

Families of PreK-5 students are now being asked to complete a Plan A & C Return Survey

  Brunswick County school board votes to allow K-5 students to return to class for in-person instruction

The Brunswick County Board of Education on Tuesday unanimously voted to allow students in grades K-5 to return to school for full-time, in-person instruction beginning next month.

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher hopes donors will help surprise her students with Legos for learning

Teacher hopes donors will help surprise her students with Legos for learning

  NHC Board of Education votes for AA/BB model for returning students to class

New Hanover County (NHC) Board of Education voted to approve the transition to Plan B using an AA/BB model instead of a three-week rotation schedule at a special board meeting Monday night.

UPDATE: NHC Schools postpone virtual town halls for Plan B transition

New Hanover County Schools (NHCS) will host a series of virtual town hall meetings for families on the district’s transition to Plan B.

“I am scared”: Covid-weary teacher prepares will instead of lesson plans

Covid-weary teacher prepares will instead of lesson plans

Confirmed case of COVID-19 at a Columbus County School

A spokesperson for Columbus County Schools says there is a confirmed case at Hallsboro Artesia Elementary School.

New video from Pender County Schools answers questions about Plan A

The nearly three-minute video answers some questions parents might have about face-to-face learning.

Brunswick County Board of Education calls emergency meeting

The Brunswick County Board of Education (BCBE) announced Friday it will hold a special meeting Tuesday, September 22 at 2:00 p.m. to discuss the options for K-5 students.

  NCDHHS permits limited family spectators at college football games

The NCDHHS has released that universities and colleges that are following COVID-19 safety protocols can allow two family member spectators per athlete for up to 350 total per event.

  Staff at small Columbus County elementary school help raise money to bury custodian’s brother

The staff at a small, rural school in Columbus County comes together to help pay for the burial of the school custodian's brother.

CFCC opens new fitness center and launches new health and fitness program

Beginning this fall, students can study for an Associate of Science degree in Applied Science Health and Fitness at Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) and can benefit from the newly opened fitness center.

NC GOP leaders, parents call on Cooper to allow in-person classes citing negative remote learning impacts

Republican state leaders and a group of parents called for Gov. Roy Cooper (D) to allow full-time, in-person classes Wednesday, citing their concerns about the negative impacts remote learning is having on kids and families.

Candidates for New Hanover County Board of Education take part in virtual forum

Candidates running for the New Hanover County Board of Education gathered virtually Tuesday evening in a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Lower Cape Fear, YWCA Lower Cape Fear and the North Carolina Coastal Federation.

  NHC Schools Board of Education approves move to Plan B

The New Hanover County Board of Education voted 6-1 Tuesday night to allow students to return to the classroom in Plan B.

  Plan B or C? Parents of NHCS students prepare for possible school changes

Parents share what plan they prefer for the school system.

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher would like seat pockets for her kindergarten students

Teacher would like seat pockets for her kindergarten students. She is requesting donations through the Donors Choose website

  Ivanka Trump campaigns for her father in Wilmington

President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka started a four state in four day campaign swing today in Wilmington, speaking to a group of 25 invited guests and supporters at Bakery 105 on Orange Street.

USDA awards grant to ATMC to bring high speed internet to rural Pender County

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded ATMC a $21.6 million grant to help expand high-speed internet access to over 7,000 addresses in rural Pender County.

  WECT Investigates: Students involuntarily withdrawn from college training program, not offered refunds

Students say they are being involuntarily withdrawn from their training program, effectively losing credit for all of their studies up to this point, and still being required to pay for that coursework.

  New Hanover County Schools to expand meal service beginning Monday

Starting Monday, Sept. 14, New Hanover County Schools will offer expanded meal service at 44 school sites and an additional 28 neighborhood bus delivery sites.

  Pender Co. Schools releases findings in investigation of use of racial slurs

Pender County Schools released the findings of an independent investigation Wednesday into the use of racial slurs by employees.

  PCS Board of Education approves name restoration for Burgaw Elementary School, announces release date for findings of racial investigation

The Pender County Schools Board of Education unanimously approved a name restoration for Burgaw Elementary to C.F. Pope Elementary School at a meeting Tuesday

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher wants to give students a ’digital window into the world of learning’

Teacher wants to give students a ’digital window into the world of learning’

Duke University COVID-19 cases spread at slower rate

Classes at Duke University continue undisrupted as COVID-19 cases spread at a slower rate than at other nearby and large universities.

  Workers stay busy behind the scenes of New Hanover County schools

Just because kids are learning from home doesn’t mean schools have been quiet.

Students in two Topsail Elementary classes asked to quarantine

After exposure to a positive case of COVID-19, students in a kindergarten class and a fourth-grade class at Topsail Elementary School were asked to quarantine, Wednesday, September 2.

  UPDATE: New Hanover County Board of Education chair steps down; new chair elected

New Hanover County Schools board chair Lisa Estep announced she is stepping down at a meeting Tuesday, September 1.

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Help Snipes Academy dance students beat the isolation blues

Mrs. Cleare, who teaches dance at Snipes Academy of Art & Design in Wilmington, is asking donors to help her students “cure the isolation blues” while they’re at home.

  UNCW identifies another cluster in a residence hall

University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) identified a cluster of seven cases of COVID-19 in Cornerstone Hall, Monday, August 31.

Summer Nutrition Programs are extended through the end of 2020

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) extended a suite of nationwide waivers Monday August 31 to continue operating summer nutrition programs.

UNCW lawsuit goes to mediation next week

Instead of a hearing scheduled for Friday for the lawsuit against the UNC System, all parties agreed to mediate the matter Wednesday, September 2 with former Court of Appeals Judge Doug McCullough.

UNCW identifies two clusters of COVID-19 among students on campus

The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) identified two clusters of COVID-19 among students in Pelican Hall and Graham-Hewlett Hall on Thursday, August 27.

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher wants sports and exercise equipment for fun, healthy learning

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher wants sports and exercise equipment for fun, healthy learning

ECU: 262 new COVID-19 cases last week; 2 more clusters in dorms

East Carolina University says it had 262 new cases of COVID-19 among students and two more clusters of COVID-19 have been found at dorms on campus.

  CFCC extends President Morton’s contract for five more years

Despite persistent concerns from some faculty and staff about his abilities to lead the college, Cape Fear Community College President Jim Morton got a five-year extension on his contract during the most recent Board of Trustees meeting.

  New Hanover County manages online learning safety concerns

Families are still making their adjustments as the new school year gets underway. With the shift to online learning inevitably comes technical difficulties and worries about student safety online.

Police to monitor off-campus activity at UNCW

Leaders at University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) are concerned that some students are ignoring COVID-19 health and safety guidelines and issued a reminder Friday.

  Ogden Elementary unveils new socially-distant-focused outdoor classroom

Ogden Elementary School joins the list of schools tackling socially distant learning by literally taking it outside the classroom.

  Pender County Schools orders quarantine for several Hampstead-area students

Several Hampstead-area students who may have been exposed to an individual with COVID-19 at an off-campus, recreational athletic event have been advised to quarantine at home.