Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Category Archives: Education

School Board To Discuss Possibly Reopening K-5 Schools

School Board To Discuss Possibly Reopening K-5 Schools

The Wayne County Board of Education plans to discuss the potential reopening of the district’s elementary schools. Last week Thursday, Gov. Roy Cooper announced North Carolina’s school systems can reopen K-5 schools starting October 5th.  Those schools will still need to adhere to certain guidelines such as face coverings for all students, teachers and staff,…read more »

Sweet Goodness Grows At UMO

Sweet Goodness Grows At UMO

Harvest time has arrived at the University of Mount Olive’s Kornegay Student Farm. Over the next week, approximately 60 UMO students will get plenty of fresh air and a little dirt under their fingernails as they harvest this year’s crop of sweet potatoes. “Most of the students will be new to the process,” said Assistant…read more »

WCPS Weighs Potential Reopening Of Elementary Schools

WCPS Weighs Potential Reopening Of Elementary Schools

Wayne County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. James Merrill shared the following memo with WCPS staff on Thursday following Gov. Roy Coopers announcement regarding reopening elementary schools in the state: Today Governor Cooper announced that public school districts will have the option to move to “Plan A” for grades K-5 as early as October 5. The…read more »

WCPS Welcomes Back Students Face-To-Face In Plan B

WCPS Welcomes Back Students Face-To-Face In Plan B

On Tuesday, September 8, Wayne County Public Schools transitioned from Plan C, full remote, to Plan B, a hybrid of face-to-face and remote instruction. Approximately 11,460 students are taking part in Plan B, which incorporates many health and safety restrictions, including health screenings, reduced numbers of students in classrooms, and social distancing. In Plan B,…read more »

Watch For School Buses As Students Head Back To Class

Watch For School Buses As Students Head Back To Class

Wayne County Public Schools will begin a modified schedule today, Tuesday, September 8, 2020. This means that school buses will be on the road as they transport students to and from schools per the modified schedule. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in recent years there were an average of 128 fatalities in…read more »

Teachers Urge District To Reconsider Reopening Plans (PHOTO GALLERY)

Teachers Urge District To Reconsider Reopening Plans (PHOTO GALLERY)

Wayne County teachers make one last push to keep students learning remotely as the coronavirus pandemic rages on. Thursday, the Wayne County Association of Educators and other community members held a “One Last Chance” car caravan and rally urging the Wayne County Board of Education to reverse its previous decision and stick with the plan…read more »

County Works To Secure Necessary Equipment For Remote Learning

County Works To Secure Necessary Equipment For Remote Learning

Technology has become more critical for student success during the coronavirus pandemic. From laptops to internet access, some students – particularly those in rural, underserved areas – have faced challenges when utilizing virtual instruction opportunities. Wayne County Manager Craig Honeycutt had been in touch with WCPS Assistant Superintendent Dr. Tim Harrell and was able to…read more »

UMO Students Urged To Chose Faith Over Fear

UMO Students Urged To Chose Faith Over Fear

Fear of the unknown has never been more real than it is right now. COVID-19 has people fearful for their lives, their incomes, and their futures. University of Mount Olive Director of Campus Ministries Lester Rector said, “Fear is FALSE-EVIDENCE-APPEARING-REAL. Most people choose fear over faith, because it is easier to get. Faith requires the…read more »

Wayne County BOE Decides To Remain On Plan B

Wayne County BOE Decides To Remain On Plan B

The Wayne County Board of Education Friday afternoon held a special meeting to discuss the schools reopening status. After several hours of debate and multiple motions, the board was at an impasse.  Since no favorable motions were passed, the result is the Board will revert back to what they voted on at their August 5th…read more »

Library Summer Reading Program A Success

Library Summer Reading Program A Success

Wayne County Public Library had 640 patrons from around the county register for the virtual Summer Reading Program. Alongside fun story times, crafts, and STEM activities, participants in the Summer Reading Program were encouraged to fill out a reading log for prizes using either books checked out at the library, or the free online eBook…read more »

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