EDUCATION


3/12/2020 4:46pm

A North Carolina school bus located in Carrboro, N.C. on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. On Feb. 6, 2020, local schools dismissed early in order to get students home in the midst of severe  weather. The storms  coincided with dismissals, however, causing students and staff to return indoors.

CHCCS adjusts calendar, plans remote instruction in response to coronavirus fears

As a precaution against the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools announced Thursday it will make Monday, March 16; Tuesday, March 17 and Wednesday, March 18 optional teach work days and have spring break from Thursday, March 19 to April 3. Students will then begin remote learning in hopes of returning to class on Monday, April 6.


3/11/2020 9:47pm

A North Carolina school bus located in Carrboro, N.C. on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. On Feb. 6, 2020, local schools dismissed early in order to get students home in the midst of severe  weather. The storms  coincided with dismissals, however, causing students and staff to return indoors.

Local school districts prepare for coronavirus pandemic

The World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 (coronavirus) a pandemic, and North Carolina is now in a state of emergency as universities across the state are closing. In light of this, local school districts are making adjustments to cope. 


3/4/2020 12:59am

Voters cast their ballots during the midterm election at Frank Porter Graham School on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.

Voters elect three new faces to Orange County Schools Board of Education

Bonnie Hauser, Jennifer D. Moore and Carrie Doyle were elected to the board, according to unofficial vote counts. Unofficial primary election results show that Hauser, Moore and Doyle each received about 17 percent of votes.  The results show that there was only a 0.38 percent margin between unofficial vote counts for Doyle and LaTarndra Strong, who said she is not planning on requesting a recount. 


2/25/2020 8:48pm

Food Council members and elected officials learn about the importance of school gardens at a school garden tour at Estes Hill Elementary led by the CHCCS Sustainability Director Dan Schnitzer. Photo courtesy of Ashley Heger. 

To combat food insecurity, Orange County's food council aims to change policy

The 15-member council has seats for each elected body, including representatives from the Orange County Board of County Commissioners, Hillsborough Board of Commissioners, Carrboro Town Council and Chapel Hill Town Council. A fifth designated seat goes to a representative from the Orange County Agricultural Preservation Board, whose role is to represent agriculture and farming. 


2/19/2020 10:59pm

	Food insecurity affects many children in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. Twenty-three percent of students received free and reduced lunches last year.

OCS board looks to combat 'lunch shaming' with these new proposals

Lunch shaming is a phenomenon occurring in schools across the United States where students are shamed for not being able to pay for their lunches every day in order to pressure families to pay student lunch debt quickly. Orange County Schools is attempting to combat this issue by implementing new lunch policies. 


2/11/2020 10:16pm

Orange County Schools Board of Education members discuss African American History Month at their meeting on Feb. 10, 2020.

February is now Black History Month for Orange County Schools

Orange County Schools have decided to create different programs throughout February to show the history of important African American leaders in history. Dena Keeling, the district's chief equity officer, said a goal of this initiative is to create a curriculum with classes that deal with different cultures and place an emphasis on these heritage months all the time. 


2/2/2020 6:48pm

Carlos Ramirez is taking over as principal of Cedar Ridge High School this week. Photo courtesy of Orange County Schools.

Meet the new principal of Cedar Ridge High School

“I would love to see an articulated program that runs from elementary, to middle, to high school,” Ramirez said. “I’ve seen it in action when I worked as an educator in Texas, and it’s quite a powerful thing to get students as young as fifth graders started on the IB track.”