EDUCATION


7/3/2020 12:02am

A stack of books from the Chapel Hill Public Library on Thursday, May 14, 2020. The Library has since decided that it will not be reopening in Phase One of North Carolina's COVID-19 recovery plan.

Chapel Hill Public Library announces it will no longer charge late fines

Chapel Hill Public Library will no longer charge users overdue fines for late items. Under the new policy, users will receive a series of reminders to return the materials before receiving a bill for replacement costs and losing their ability to check out other items. Their ability will be restored once the items are returned or paid for. Town leaders said late fines had a disproportionate impact on “low-income and traditionally marginalized populations.” 


6/9/2020 9:10pm

Students prepare for class in Phillips 208 on Monday, March 18, 2019. This is one of five classrooms considered a 'Studio Classroom' and just one type of classroom in Carolina's Flexible Learning Spaces Initiative. The Initiative's purpose is to improve student-focused interaction through the modernization of classrooms.

UNC professor leading project to develop high school science lessons on COVID-19

UNC School of Education Professor Troy Sadler is leading a one-year research project in partnership with researchers from the University of Missouri-Columbia to develop high school curricula about the coronavirus pandemic.  By integrating real world issues into the classroom, Sadler said students can see how the material they are learning can translate to bigger picture issues and inform important decisions in their lives.


5/10/2020 7:19pm

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Moore.

Jennifer D. Moore wants to increase diversity as an OCS Board of Education member

This story is the third of a series featuring the newly elected members of the Orange County Schools Board of Education. Jennifer D. Moore has 12 years of experience in North Carolina's public school system as an exceptional children's instructional assistant. One of her priorities will be providing students with the resources they need for success during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.


4/22/2020 8:47pm

DTH Photo Illustration. With the closing of all public schools due to COVID-19, students in CHCCS and OCS face a new struggle: remote learning. Students are now completing schoolwork and studying at home. 

Here's what online learning looks like for students, parents and teachers in CHCCS

Students, parents and teachers in local school districts are trying to adjust as schools transition online due to COVID-19.  Caroline Spencer, whose son is a senior at East Chapel Hill High School, said her son has been assigned grades in his classes based on his work from before school shut down, and his classes have been canceled.  “He's pretty much done,” she said. “He’s been accepted to college and he probably won't have a prom or graduation, and he's right now just focused on hoping that he gets to start school in the fall.”


4/20/2020 8:34pm

Durham Public Schools volunteers help distribute food at the Southern School of Energy and Sustainability. Durham FEAST distributes free breakfast and lunch prepared by Durham restaurants to 24 pickup sites nearly every weekday, according to a news release. Photo courtesy of Durham Public Schools.

Durham Public Schools resumes feeding program after coronavirus-related shutdown

More than 60 percent of the district’s students receive free or reduced-price lunches, he said. That’s why Durham Public Schools launched a daily meal support program on March 23 after closing schools a week before. For two weeks, district employees distributed meals to students at 81 sites across the county.  But on April 6, the district stopped the program after an on-site employee tested positive for COVID-19 and most of its staff applied for state emergency paid leave through April 30.